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By Sophia Hussain
What happens when French haute couture creates a nail lacquer collection? A haute manicure debut! The House of Givenchy was established in 1952 in Paris, but Givenchy Le Vernis was launched in 2013 in hues inspired by the design’s exquisite haute couture fabrics.
Le Vernis is a curated collection of universally flattering hues ranging from Beige Mousseline (a nude hue) to Pà²urpre Defile (a dark plum hue). Housed in luxe petite bottles resembling perfume, topped off with a metallic mirror cubes as a brush cap, which can be removed to reveal a black round brush cap for easy manicures. Each generous 10ml of Le Vernis is fabulously 5-free containing no harsh chemicals including: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DPT), toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.
Create your own haute manicure with these elite tips to help give you catwalk-worthy luxe nails daily.
The best nail shape to prevent unsightly chips and maintain lacquer longevity is almond shape tips. Since it is often the nail corners that chips first, almond tips eliminates the nail corners and looks flattering too. The perfect almond shape is created by filing the nail corners into a rounded-point tip which elongates the fingers, and gives the illusion of fingernail length too.
Start with buffed nails so as to eliminate any nail ridges. Next, apply one coat of Le Vernis Base and Top Coat (a transparent hue) which dries in less than a few minutes – by the time the last fingernail has been polished. Take your time with this step as this is what will hold the lacquer to your nail to extend the longevity of your manicure.
Now it is time to amp up the glam! Apply one coat of Fromboise Velours (a vibrant raspberry hue) or Carmin Escarpin (a warm strawberry hue), in a cream finish. Both of these hues are perfect for either a day or evening look, for anytime of the year. The lacquers are easy to apply due to the ingenious rounded wide brush cap design, and require only two swipes and one coat for opaque coverage due to the pigmented hues. After 10 minutes, the lacquer dries to a rich high-gloss luster.
Fortify your perfect manicure by applying only one coat of Le Vernis Base and Top Coat. The lacquer dries to a high-gloss luster and helps the manicure last for up to 14 days. Once your get tired of your luxe manicure, remove the lacquer with an acetone-free nail polish remover. After all, 60 years of luxury comes in a beautiful bottle!
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