I've been avoiding framed nails for a while because I thought they'd make my nails look smaller. Surprisingly, they don't! Or at least they don't if you have a dark border and light middle. I can imagine that if you have big nails that you want to make look smaller, a light coloured edge that isn't very far from your skin colour could work.
I planned on making the frame by painting a semi-ruffian, then swiping the free edge at the end, but my bottle brush skills suck and I ended up using a nail art brush anyway.
Frame: Borghese Stellare Notte
Middle: China Glaze DV8
The hex glitters can be purchased from Born Pretty
I actually quite like the dark border for giving definition to colours that would normally be too close to my skintone to wear without looking weird (I'm looking at you, golds and pale glitters). I get the feeling I'll be trying this out with a lot of my unwearables! It's also a great way of refreshing a chipped/regrowth-afflicted colour you're not quite ready to get rid of yet.
Adorably my boyfriend suggested that I try leaving off the stripe at the free edge, and got upset when I told him that would just be a ruffian! :)
What do you think of framed nails?