Nails are totes fashion, they’re the new Thing

I’ve been blogging for work, which is part of the ages since posting here, but I also treat most posts on ILS like essays and start to panic if I don’t have enough data backing up observations.  I hope to get over that, but until then, I figured some pretty-pretty nail nerding could be appropriate.

If you follow me elsewhere on the web, you’ll know I do my nails every week and am very into the art and craft of it.  My personal nail icon is Sophy Robson, and one of her nail icons is Sharon Stone’s Ginger in Casino.

Because I am an obsessive, I recently screencapped Ginger’s more notable nails.  And then analysed them like a nerd and replicated them best I could with what I had in my stash.


Now, I don’t know if the makeup department or costume department or who is responsible for the on-point period nails, but they did amazingly.

A hustler’s nails in a creme electric pink.  When Ginger is manoeuvring to get money, she wears a crème.

The classic French tip, interpreted all foxy with a “v”.  If you have trouble creating a French tip’s smooth arch, you’ll find the two swoops to make this tip way easier.

This one was difficult to get a good cap of, but it’s a frosty, pearlescent white. Compare the cold feeling of the nail she wears with her “old pimp boyfriend” with the next nail—

It’s also frosty and pearlescent, but in a warm gold when Ace proposes. Dare I say the frosted nail is her emotional finish?

Oh, it gets nerdier.  I’ve got twelve screencaps in all, so I’ll be a gem and put them under this cut here.

Another crème, this one in an eye-popping pink to match her outfit and contrast gorgeously with the gold and furs she gets as her trousseau.

Another crème and more money.  I know some folks look at white nails and think “correction fluid”, but they match her go-go boots so perfectly you can’t deny them.

The French tip again, very simple, no fillips here.  Ginger has won her hustle,  has got a kid is focusing her bling in jewellery.

I can’t quite figure out what’s going on with this nail.  It’s not really a sheer, it’s almost like a bubblegum and ecru French tip.  I got a pretty close look with a base of pink creme, tipped with white and the whole thing overlaid with peach then a slight shimmer ivory sheer.

Another crème and more manoeuvring, this time to get back into the good graces of her husband.  This is the darkest nail she wears.

Ahh, the red French tip.  It’s “the Ginger nail” and she wears it for a while, as everything in her life and relationships start piling up and crashing.

A very short tip for Ginger and the basic French again.  This isn’t a mommy nail, it’s a maintenance nail, half-heartedly keeping up an appearance of caring.

And a bare, natural nail, the only time Ginger isn’t wearing acrylics.  Which, upkeeping your tips isn’t really something one would keep on top of while shooting up all that divorce money .

This was such a fun thing to do, I’m trying to find other films with defined character nails to nerd at.

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