Sheer Nails: Most people don't get this trend, probably because when painting them we spend copious length of time trying to cover every inch of nail bed and the idea that the nail bed should be visible when done is almost sacrilege. It seems to defy the point of nail polish.
Sheer nails are for when you need no attention to your nails and you don't want your manicure to compete with your outfit, but still need your nails to look better. The end result can be very chic and understated. They make your nails look better, healthy and is very work appropriate. Plus they suit at abundance of outfits and accessories. They look translucent and "jelly" like; so they look like you could squish them.
Example: Sonam Kapoor in her black Elie Saab at Cannes this year. Her manicurist Tom Bachik gave her sheer nails and they were the perfect colour (or lack thereof) to accompany her gorgeous gown. Follow him on Instagram; he's lovely! She was wearing L'Oreal Color Riche in "Oyster Bay" by the way. How do I know? Because I asked him and he replied; see he's lovely! I couldn't find this color in England though...darn it.
Below are 3 ways of how I wear sheer colours:
1. On its own; typically 2/3 layers of the polish.
2. A jelly sandwich manicure; 2 layers of the polish, 1 layer of glitter, followed by another layer of the polish, which effectively seals in the glitters so they look like they're suspended inside the layers.
3. With a glitter top coat.
Close up of the jelly sandwich nail:
Can you see what I meant about jelly like ? All squishy looking. I used a subtle glitter, but you can use any that you like.
Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth Base Coat
Essie in Not Just A Pretty Face
L.A. Colors Color Craze in Sparkling Diamonds
NYC Fast Dry Top Coat (In a New York Minute)
Butter London Cuticle Oil
My other favourite sheer nail polish is Essie in Sugar Daddy:
So yay or nay?