Xiao Wen Ju at the Cannes Film Festival.

Nail Art Inspiration: Xiao Wen Ju's edgy French manicure at Cannes

by Paige Exell -

It's time we turn our attention away from beautiful gowns and hairstyles (at least for a few minutes!), and focus on the smaller details that go into creating the perfect red carpet look. This week, L'Oreal muse Xiao Wen Ju walked the Cannes red carpet in a beautiful navy blue lace gown that she paired with a simple bun and minimal makeup for the ultimate effortlessly chic look.

Her entire look was simple and effortless, besides one specific aspect of it – her nails. The beautiful brunette focused on the details, opting for an edgy, black French manicure – one of this season's hottest nail trends.

Want to adopt the trend and give the traditional French manicure a whole new meaning like Xiao? Follow our simple steps!


To start off, you will need:

- A manicure block

- A nail file

- A clear, base coat

- Nail tape for French manicures

- Black nail polish

- A glossy top coat

Step 1

Prep your nails for this edgy look by trimming them to a medium-length, and rounding them slightly at the corners. Use your manicure block to smooth and buff the surface of your nails to create a perfect base.

Step 2

Fill up a bowl with warm, soapy water, and soak to clean your nails for a few minutes. For a whitening effect, dip them in lemon water instead, and dry your hands with a clean towel when finished.

Step 3

Apply a clear base coat over the entire surface of each nail. This will prevent varnish stains and help polish to stay in place for a long period of time. Let the base coat dry, then proceed to the next step.

Step 4

Use nail tape, and place each piece a few millimetres from the tip of your nail. If you don't have specific nail tape, you can substitute with normal scotch tape. Take your black polish (Tom Bachik used L'Oreal's Colour Riche polish in Black Swan on Xiao's nails), and coat the space between the tape and the tip of your nail. Let the polish dry, then apply another coat for 100% opaque results. Let the second coat dry for about 5 minutes, then gently remove the tape from your nails.

Step 5

Next, use a glossy top coat, and paint a few layers over the entire surface of each nail. Not only will this ensure a long-lasting manicure, it will add extreme shine for a flawless, glossy finish like Xiao's!

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