Louboutin Lust Travels from Feet to Hands
By Melanie Parker
The day has finally come to test the Louboutin manicure, which is a trend inspired by the peek of red you get when you see the sole of a Christian Louboutin shoe. I was trying the new Sally Hansen Glossy polish, which is a deep black gloss with red microshimmer that hides until you are standing in the sun. I decided to give the Louboutin manicure a try and painted the undersides of my nails a deep red creme. I have to admit that the soles of a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes command my attention when a woman is walking a red carpet, but I am not sold on how this translate to hands.
China Glaze was the first to package a set of polishes that were designed specifically for this trend. They made a new Lubu Heels color that is essentially black with red glitter, and then added in their best-selling red polish Ruby Pumps that is a red glitter. I think the Lubu Manicure set misses the mark. I can't even fathom how hard it would be to remove a glitter polish from under the nails. And that polish needs to be at least 2 layers thick to really be a saturated red. As much as I love China Glaze Ruby Pumps for those days when I want some twinkle toes, I'd stick to a red creme polish if you want to try this technique at home.
I used Essie Handle with Flair, which is a brick red creme on the underside of my nails to test the trend. While I like the hint of color on the flipside, you really need to dedicate a polish to this trend by cutting the brush down to a taper to do this properly. If the red creme pools at the base of your nail, you risk it looking like blood. Which might not be a bad thing with Halloween coming up soon, but I don't think I'll be trying this look again.