25% off sitewide (sets excluded)Shop now Two free samples with every orderShop now Free standard shipping on all US ordersShop all Free international shipping on orders over $50Shop all

Categories

  • Education
    A primer on essential beauty topics, from talc contamination to biodegradability.
  • Profile
    Everybody has a story about beauty. Some of the world’s most intriguing people share theirs.
  • Tutorials
    Expert beauty advice to inform and inspire.
  • RHW Shortlist
    A glimpse inside Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's world.
Artist In Residency: Harriet Westmoreland’s Signature Micro-French Manicure
AIR TUTORIALS

Artist In Residency: Harriet Westmoreland’s Signature Micro-French Manicure

Welcome to Artist in Residency, our series that brings the industry's most innovative artists to Rose Inc. for a month of creativity and inspiration. Each week, you'll discover an original look—and the story behind it—created by an artist we love.

One of Harriet Westmoreland’s earliest memories started around the time she was 4 years old. “My Grandmother had a little French manicure nail kit and every Saturday morning I would watch her do it on herself,” she recalls, noting that she studied this ritual well into her teen years. Years later, Westmoreland reimagined the classic look in her mind—a fine line of color that hugged her nail’s short, square edge—but couldn’t find a nail tech who could bring it to life exactly the way she wanted, so she set out to create it herself. “In the beginning it would take me hours to do the French,” she recalls. “I couldn't get it right for such a long time, but here we are!”

Soon enough the self-taught artist was getting requests from friends and then eventually, strangers. With two young sons at home, turning her passion into a flexible profession made a lot of sense. Fast forward a few years and the Yorkshire-based artist has worked her way from salons to London-based private clients and has big aspirations for her own product line. Her work, best described as modern, minimal, and meticulous, is sophistication for the Instagram era.

For these reasons and more, Rose Inc. is delighted to welcome Westmoreland as our very first nail artist in residency.

Her Residency Inspiration:

Westmoreland’s ode to her grandmother, her micro-French reverses the classic steps by using a bright white lacquer over a milky pink, not underneath it. This creates a sharper, more modern effect and when paired with an ultra-short shape, is both incredibly delicate and very practical. What’s more, it’s a winning combination for frequent hand washing and reducing germs. “This is my signature look,” Westmoreland says about the razor-thin line and distinct side curve. It’s flattering because most nails are a little bit wider at the top, she says, so “if you take the white polish down the sides it’s almost like trickery of the eye to make it look longer.” The elegance lies in the restraint and the look has long been her top request. “Day in and day out, you'll have a french,” she says. “I just love it.”

‘‘

It's just about finding the right brush for you and having patience.

’’

Behind This Look:

“You need a base that is complementary to your skin-tone and a really tiny paintbrush,” Westmoreland says about the tricky-to-find items in this tutorial. Try Dior Diorlisse Abricot polish, which comes in three sheer shades and a striping brush, then add good white polish and top coat to your list. Prep nails according to the protocol in Westmoreland’s first week in residency, then apply a coat of your sheer nude and allow to dry.

“Decant a little white polish into a mixing palette then start on one side of the nail,” she says. “In two fluid movements, create the line: One side to the middle and the middle to the other side.” Dip an old lip brush into polish remover to fix any mistakes, she adds. “It's just about finding the right brush for you and having patience.”

Your Bag 0

Your cart is empty Shop all
Rose Inc GiftBox

Add a Signature Gift Box for $4

Choose Samples


Select 2 free samples
Add Free

Sample: Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Shade Card

Add Free

Sample: Softlight Luminous Hydrating Concealer

Experience a does-it-all, creaseless concealer that brightens, blurs and...

Add Free

Sample: Radiant Reveal Brightening Serum Sachet

Recommended


513 reviews

LX 200

Very Deep Skin Tone, Neutral Undertone

$30

Softlight Luminous Hydrating Concealer

A does-it-all concealer that brightens, blurs and contours while nourishing...

$30
301 reviews

Foxglove

Warm terracotta

$30

Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Color

A hydrating cream that brightens and blurs with a radiant...

$30
178 reviews

140

Very Deep Skin Tone/Red Undertone

$49

Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum

A hydrating skin tint that delivers powerful skincare and sheer,...

$49
405 reviews

Demure

Cool blush

$28

Satin Lip Color Rich Refillable Lipstick

Creamy lipstick that plumps the lips while drenching delicate skin...

$28
25 reviews

$26

Number 1 Concealer Brush

A customized concealer brush with a unique curve engineered for...

$26
201 reviews

$54

Eye Revival Brightening Eye Cream

A pearlescent cream that diminishes the appearance of dark circles...

$54
230 reviews

$72

Radiant Reveal Brightening Serum

A powerful hydrating serum that instantly brightens the complexion with...

$72

Number 6 Highlighter Brush

A petite dual-fiber brush that delivers seamless cream highlighter...

$26
$0.00