I don’t talk about beauty here that often – primarily because I’m just not very good at it. Sure, I can apply a red lipstick and some mascara. It took me until my 30s to figure out how to manage my hair, but now I can – most days. A lot of the beauty maintenance is just too overwhelming. Facials, eyebrow waxes, creams, lotions and potions. I don’t know where some girls find the time! When I do carve out a trip to a salon I usually find myself watching the clock, thinking about all the other things that I should be doing. Pretty much the opposite of relaxing.

But I figure there has to be a happy medium. So maybe I don’t get eyelash extensions or blowout my hair everyday, but one of my New Year’s resolutions was to carve out a little guilt-free time to invest in some beautification. An easy place to start? Nails.


Nails are easy. They’re noncommittal. If you don’t like your polish just wipe it away. And a well-manicured hand is actually hugely noticeable. And I’d certainly want my nails noticed if they looked like the ones above. I’m obsessed with the modern take on a manicure. The white tips and cuticle bed with a stripe the middle?? Genius. The look adds a touch of interest without going overboard. I’m sorry, but I really hope 2016 is the year nail art dies.

Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1: Paint nails with a base coat, in this case JINsoon Power Coat

Step 2: Put a piece of nail tape across the middle of your nail and then paint over with a soft white, like JINsoon Doux

Step 3: Remove nail tape

Step 4: Brush on a topcoat of JINsoon Matte Maker

This look is SO simple you could even create it at home. But who am I kidding, I’ll totally leave it to the pros. I can spare 45 minutes a week for a manicure right? I always notice when people have nice nails.  Because if you look more put together, you feel more put together. At least that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself.

photos by marius w. hansen for the line

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  1. I need to try this look. I’m so bad about having chipped polish, and that needs to change!