Hey guys! Today's Manicure Monday is another Spring-appropriate pastel that I've been really into lately. Mint greens have been popular for the last couple of years and if anything, that trend has only been strengthened with Pantone choosing Emerald as its color of the year this year. Maybe it's because St. Patrick's Day wasn't too long ago, but I felt like a two-toned french tip using mint and emerald polishes would look great for the changing seasons. Enter China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint and CND Green Scene!
Re-Fresh Mint is a lovely pale, green-based mint that came out a couple years ago with China Glaze's Up and Away collection that had a bunch of awesome pastels. I'm a huge fan of pastel polishes and Re-Fresh Mint was definitely my favorite from the collection.
The darker green was a polish I bought from CND because I was looking for a true, straight-up kelly green to add to my collection and it just happens to be spot-on to Pantone Emerald. I'll have to do a full Mani Monday dedicated to it soon, but for now it serves as a simple nail art accent color.
You can easily do this type of nail art with any color as long as there is a darker and lighter shade in the same color family like lavender + purple or orange + red. Instead of swiping the brush from side to side, I actually recommend keeping the brush in the same direction as how you regularly paint your nails and just adding color to the tips by pulling the brush away in small strokes. This way, you get a bit more control of the polish.
After using Seche Clear as a base coat, I applied 2 coats of Re-Fresh Mint with Green Scene accents and Seche Vite top coat to seal everything and smooth out the french tip line. Overall it was an easy application with nice texture and opacity. I'm honestly not sure if Green Scene is the most flattering color on my skintone (it makes my hands look a bit redder) but I definitely love Re-Fresh Mints to bits and recommend it if you want a pale green to add to your pastel collection!
Readers, have you tried 2-toned french tips? Do you like green polishes? Let me know in the comments!