Mani Monday: Talon Nails

April Fool's Nails

To achieve on-trend pointy nails – as seen on Lady Gaga and Rihanna – without actually getting the clippers out, check out the DIY illusion manicure below (it also makes for a great April Fools’ trick).

What You’ll Need:

  • Two nail colors – one neutral, one bright (I used Sally Hansen’s “Nude Now” and OPI’s “Dutch Tulips”)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Clear top coat

The How-To:

  1. Paint your nails with two coats of the neutral color.
  2. Apply a clear top coat and let dry completely.
  3. Cut semi-thin pieces of tape and place two strips on each nail, forming an open triangle.
  4. Using the bright polish, paint the inside of the triangle and let dry completely.
  5. Gently peel the tape off the right side, followed by the left. Doing this will help prevent smudging.
  6. Finish with another application of the clear top coat.

By Carolyn Schultz, Staff Writer

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April 1, 2013