After seeing this 1990s supermodel manicure everywhere on my Instagram feed, I just had to try it myself and see what all the hype was about! In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s how the 1990s supermodel manicure looks.
Every two weeks, on the dot, I go have my nails done. It’s one of my beauty rituals that helps me feel better right away. A recent manicure has this way of making me feel like I can take on the world. Hailey Bieber’s “glazed doughnut” nails have been my current favourite manicure trend, but I’ve worn them so frequently that I thought it was time to try something else.
I knew the ’90s “supermodel manicure” would be the ideal trend for me to try when I first saw pictures of it. Think of a translucent pink or sheer cream for the nail polish colour of a 1990s supermodel manicure. The form I’ve seen most frequently is a cross between an almond and a round. Although the style is nothing new and has really been around for as long as nail polish has, Tom Bachik, a famous manicurist who started the trend on stars like Margot Robbie and Jennifer Lopez, recently coined the phrase and it caught on. Additionally, I reasoned that if J Lo thought it was good enough, it must be equally as excellent for me.
I went to my neighbourhood nail parlour and looked at the available polish colours to get the look. When it comes to my nails, I’m certainly a neutral girl (unless then I’m on vacation, when it’s red all the way), so I knew pretty well which colours I would be going with.
I spent a lot of time in the salon examining OPI Bubble Bath, but I thought the shade was a bit too pink for what I was going for. OPI Pale to the Chief was another option I looked at, however I felt it was a bit too opaque for the current fashion. After all was said and done, I decided on OPI Love Is in the Bare ($15) and OPI Put It in Neutral ($22), and I was really pleased with my selections.
My nails were clipped and moulded into a rounded almond form after the nail technician removed the gel. We had to cut them much shorter than I typically would have since they were cracking and chipped, which was a little disappointing, but I quickly got over it. She started by applying a base coat when she was done trimming my nails. OPI Love Is in the Bare was next applied in two light coats. She finished it off by applying a single, thin coat of OPI Put It in Neutral. The finished product had a slight milky undertone and was the sheer baby-pink hue of my dreams.
I hadn’t used this particular colour combination previously, but I will undoubtedly keep doing so in the future. It’s the ideal tint for a simple manicure that makes me appear put together even when I’m not trying too hard. It exudes simplicity and style, which is precisely what I want to be.
Try this colour scheme if you’ve been considering experimenting with the supermodel manicure fad from the 1990s. You won’t be let down.