“Something Blue” Reverse French Manicure Wedding Nails 

As both a bride-to-be and maid of honor to her sister, nail artist Kelly Ornstein of Base Coat Top Coat is feeling the pressure to find the perfect bridal nails. Inspired by the famous rhyme, she created this design that will serve as a little “something blue” and still look elegant and classic. 

Something Bridal


  • Base coat 
  • Nude nail polish 
  • Thin striping brush
  • White nail polish
  • Blue nail polish
    Tip: Try deep blue for winter weddings, and light blue for summer.
  • Top coat (shiny or matte)
Something old


1. Prime your nails with your base coat. Any clear base coat will work, but I used Deborah Lippmann’s quick-drying All About That Base, which works well as an undercoat, even if your nails have stress marks or discoloration. 


2. Add a coat of your favorite nude nail polish. 

Something New

3. The next step is all about taking the classic French manicure and spinning it on its head. Use a thin striping brush and white nail polish to create a little curved line just above the base of your nails. As opposed to the thicker line usually seen in reverse French manicures, this will give nails a dainty look. 

Something Blue

4. On your ring finger, repeat or “borrow” that same shape by adding a “something blue” curved line next to the white one for a subtle, stacked look with just a small pop of color.


5.  Finish with your favorite top coat, and enjoy your playful—and sophisticated—mani!

About the Author

Kelly Ornstein

Although Kelly Ornstein studied jewelry and metalworking at Rhode Island School Design, it wasn't until she discovered nail art that she found her true passion. It was a natural fit, with a background in illustration and painting and being used to working on tiny things like jewelry. It was after this discovery and after school that she decided to start a blog, and called it: Base...


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