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An Ode to A Manicure

An Ode to A Manicure

Photography by Shana Trajanoska

Words Erika Veurink

What is it about a manicure? No other beauty treatment carries the same worldview-shifting, mood-lifting capacity in quite the same way. All of the sudden, the everyday feels elevated.

a thread neon  yarn inbetween the index and middle finger

NAIL POLISH by Chanel Le Vernis 18 Rouge Noir

Digging through your purse for house keys, you spot a flash of cherry red. Thumbing through paperwork you’ve put off, a simple navy sheen inspires action. Even typing away at a computer feels luxurious in a fresh coat of paint.

a yolk falling out of  cracked egg

NAIL POLISH: Chanel Le Vernis- 8 Pirate and Essie - Style Cartel

a yolk falling out of  cracked egg

A manicure isn’t a fundamental change in any part of your being. You’re still you, just with a little more color and maybe a rounded edge.

hand spread on a light green towel

Classic white French with iridescent chrome finish using Kokoist

NAIL ARTIST: Dan Renee

Taking time to stop by the salon or pluck an unsuspecting bottle from a drugstore display, you’re signaling optimism. A true pessimist could never sit through the time it takes most polishes to dry.

washing hands with soap

NAIL POLISH : Essie - Style Cartel

Painting one’s nails is an act of hope, of creativity, and a burst of light in a sea of mundane tasks.

hand spread on a light green towel

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