Retro Nails

Hi dolls! In the past few days, I have been writing down topics I wanted to post about, but one just popped up into my head yesterday after my own experience – NAILS! It is so often an overlooked part of the vintage look, but definitely a necessity if you want to achieve the full authentic taste. Most people assume vintage nails are just red with rounded tips, but there is much more to it than that.

Vintage nails from the ’30s and ’40s are actually quite different from what you may think. I just recently got my own nails done, as I have acrylics, and I wanted a real retro look. Do what was that look exactly? Here it is:

Notice the manicured tips and the half moon crescent base. This was very typical of the time back then (of course, minus the squared tips like I have, but I can’t really change the shape too much from what I had previously before having my vintage look. It’s a gradual process πŸ™‚ . There was usually a color in between the two white areas, and that really depended on the fashions of the time and/or the season. Navy blue, pinks, rose, greens, amethyst, and mustard yellow were all popular colors for nails at the time. It was very common to see nails match accessories and clothing as well.

To initially achieve this look, I would suggest getting them done by a professional first. Tell or show your manicurist how you want your nails to be done, and make sure to watch with a keen eye how they do your nails. Notice the tools that are used, which steps are done in what order, and anything else you can think that may be important. After you get an idea of what needs to be done and how to do it, you can achieve the look yourself if you like by buying the necessary tools at a local drug store or beauty supply store. If you have a hard time achieving the half crescent look, you can buy tape/stickers to apply after the initial coat you put on of color (the base) after you have cut it into the desired size and shape you want. Be sure to apply a top coat afterwards to finish the look.

Just like with vintage hair, it may take you some time to achieve this look properly by yourself. If you don’t succeed at first, then try, try again! I know I got discouraged easily when I was starting out with my vintage styling initially, but I kept at it and now I tend to get my desired look in a relatively short period of time (depending on what specifically I do, of course). And naturally, if you have any questions, be sure to shoot me an e-mail, and I will answer to the best of my ability πŸ™‚

4 comments on “Retro Nails

  1. What a great place you have here πŸ™‚ And I love those nails, will have ago with those myself.

  2. mrsmcgee says:

    I am returning to my vintage loving roots. I used to dress in vintage or vintage inspired 90% of the time. As I got older and started riding my bicycle more I began to slip away from the style. I’m going for it again, as I have truly missed the joy it brings me. Good luck, cant wait to see more.
    Ciao Mrs.McGee

    • That’s great! There are so many more ways to wear vintage clothing, and it is more easily accessible than it was before (thank goodness!). I am looking into going to some great vintage flea markets in Brooklyn I have heard about, and I have been looking on Etsy a lot. I usually do a mix of retro reproduction along with vintage inspired clothing/looks. Good luck on your journey! And congrats on your marriage πŸ™‚

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