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DIY Nails: Oxblood Manicure

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I bought the September issue of InStyle a week ago and found almost every page inspirational. I started ripping out pages to create a mood board and bookmarking tip after tip. I don’t know if it’s the style and beauty editing or the fact that I am so over summer, but any hint of burgundy and plaid sends me straight into autumn heaven.

Their nail art ideas were very classy, understated, and great for every day. I don’t want my nails to overpower my outfit. I want them to complement my look. This Oxblood Manicure is perfect for all of my weekend plans. It goes great with a pair of jeans or a cocktail dress.

  • Oxblood Manicure 1 of 8
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    Here's a step-by-step on how you can take a classic look and add a bit of edge this fall.

  • L’Oreal Haute Couture Red 2 of 8
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    I used the L'Oreal's Haute Couture Red nail polish. It's a bit on the darker side, but it's a really beautiful, rich color.

  • In Style magazine 3 of 8
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    Here's the article that inspired me. I was sold at "negative space" and the part about not looking too done.

  • Sally Hansen Strips 4 of 8
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    I could have easily done this freehand, but knowing me, I would have obsessed over the line not being straight enough. I got these strips from Sally Hansen. Since I didn't want it to look too much like a French manicure, I placed the strips a bit lower than mid-nail so it could look more like the photo.

  • Apply L’Oreal’s Haute Couture Red 5 of 8
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    Just apply the color straight on the nail. No base coat.

  • Sally Hansen Strips 6 of 8
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    Let your nails dry, and carefully remove the strips. If the line isn't straight because a little bit of polish got underneath the strip, just use nail polish remover and a Q-tip to straighten it out.

  • Sally Hansen Top Coat 7 of 8
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    Just add a gloss and you're done!

  • Oxblood Manicure Finished! 8 of 8
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    Super simple, yet a great alternative to a traditional French manicure.

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