The Violet Files
The Infamous Thorn Manicure
A letter from Violet
AT VIOLET GREY, WE ARE INSPIRED BY BEAUTY FROM THE PAST AND PRESENT; FROM ICONIC SCREEN SIRENS TO RECENT EDITORIALS. WE CALL ON BEAUTY EXPERTS TO RECREATE THESE LOOKS AND TAKE YOU THROUGH EACH, STEP BY STEP — SO YOU CAN GET THE LOOK, NO MANICURIST REQUIRED.
Nailing Hollywood’s sought-after artist, the versatile Stephanie Stone, can do looks that scream glamour, danger and everything in between. For this look, Stone took inspiration from avant-garde makeup artist Topolino and put her own macabre spin on his famous thorn nails. The result — a menacing work of art that dares you to look closer.
TutorialBY STEPHANIE STONE
STEP 1 Glue
Using gloves and a trimmer, carefully trim ten rose thorns from a stem (or ask your local florist for a favor). Then apply a small amount of crystal glue to the bottom of one rose thorn and place on the center tip of the nail. The sharp end should point away from you (and towards any advancing attackers). A brush on crystal glue gives you much more control than nail glue.
STEP 2 Paint
Once the glue is dry, paint the nail and the thorn with two coats of
Dior Nuit 1947 970.
Dior Nuit 1947 970
STEP 3 Gem
Once dry, apply a small dab of crystal glue at the center base of your nails. Then use a fine tipped tweezer to place the gems onto the spot of glue on each nail.
Rubis Fine Point Tweezer
STEP 4 Seal
Gently paint a thick layer of Dior Gel Coat to lock the crystal in place and give your thorns a striking sheen.
Dior Gel Coat
STEP 5 Moisturize
Lastly, use a concealer brush to paint La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Hand Cream down your fingertips and on the back of your hand. When the nail polish has dried, use Dr. Hauschka’s Neem Nail Oil Pen around your cuticles. Moisturized hands and cuticles are an important step in maintaining a beautiful manicure.
La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Hand Cream SPF 15
@ Nailing Hollywood
Leading nail artist, Stephanie Stone of Nailing Hollywood, remains one of the trailblazing talents in Los Angeles. Ombre, studs, thorns – you name it, she can turn nails into stunning works of fingertip art. Her coveted talents are called upon by a growing list of actresses and top publications including Flaunt, Nylon, Elle, Marie Claire, and Harper’s Bazaar.