Every fashionista – including myself – is obsessed with filling their shoe closet with Christian Louboutins. Having a pair of those iconic red bottom shoes is right up there with buying your first Chanel bag. But let’s face it. They’re ridiculously expensive. (Both the Louboutins and the Chanel bag.)
So while we may not all be able to afford to walk around sporting red soles, we can certainly get the look on our nails with this easy DIY red-bottom manicure.
Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Get the right nail length.
If your nails are short, consider using pop-on nails that you can paint over or do what I did and purchase the Kiss Complete Salon Acrylic Kit. It comes with various sizes of nail tips and it’s actually pretty easy to do your own acrylic nails at home. (Take the money you save from having it done at the salon and put it into your “Red Bottom Shoe Fund.”)
This manicure also looks best on round, somewhat pointy nails, so make sure you file your nails into the appropriate shape.
Step 2: Paint the underside of your nails red.
Any bright red nail polish color will do. I used Nails Inc Gel Effect polish in St. James.
Use a very light touch when painting the underside because you don’t want it to pool up under your nail.
You may even want to use a different type of brush, such as an eyeliner or eyeshadow brush with a finer tip for better precision.
Step 3: Apply two very light coats of black nail polish.
I chose Essie’s Licorice nail polish for this step.
Start with a base coat of clear nail polish before applying the black color so you don’t stain your nails. Then apply a very light coat of black polish and let it dry. Apply a second coat and give that one plenty of time to dry as well.
The key to making this manicure look perfect is patience. You have to let each coat dry completely before applying the next step. I waited an hour before moving on to the matte topcoat.
Step 4: Add a matte top coat.
The final step is applying the matte top coat. I love Sally Hansen’s Big Matte Top Coat for this look.
It is very important to make sure you cover the whole entire nail surface with the topcoat. Otherwise, you’ll get patches of shine that will ruin the overall effect. And you don’t want to apply more than one coat of the matte polish because it will look too thick.
You’ll also want to apply the matte coat to the underside of your nails, so that the matte red will match nicely with the matte black.