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The Digital Dozen does Fairy Tales: The Emperor’s New Clothes

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The Digital Dozen does Fairy Tale: Emperor's New Clothes French tips | The Dalai Lama's Nails

I had this idea for an Emperor’s New Clothes themed manicure, and I seriously tried it 4 times. It just did not want to cooperate! I decided to give it one last shot, by making it as minimalist and simple as possible, and I finally felt satisfied with the results (says a lot about life, eh?).

The Emperor’s New Clothes is a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, about a king who is deceived by two clever weavers. The weavers promise to make the emperor a fabulous new outfit, that will be invisible to those unworthy of it. When the emperor goes to put the outfit on – he can’t see it! But he can’t say anything, because that would mean that he’s unworthy. So, he parades all around in his invisible outfit, until a little kid exclaims, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”The Digital Dozen does Fairy Tale: Emperor's New Clothes French tips | The Dalai Lama's Nails


The Digital Dozen does Fairy Tale: Emperor's New Clothes French tips | The Dalai Lama's Nails

This is a very simple mani! Since the Emperor’s New Clothes ends up with a naked king strutting his stuff, I wanted the nail to be mostly bare. I thought that maybe the king was wearing royal underwear, and decided to paint my tips with some royal colors! I used:

  • OPI Swimsuit… Nailed It!
  • OPI Suzi & the Seven Dusseldorfs
  • Nina Ultra Pro Gladiator

I used Seche Vite to top coat, and that was it!

The Digital Dozen does Fairy Tale: Emperor's New Clothes French tips | The Dalai Lama's NailsAlthough this look is pretty simple, I actually really enjoyed it! My nails are almost never this long, so I just had to take advantage of their length and do some pretty tips. I should do more French tips!!

Hope you’re enjoying all the wonderful fairy tales this week!

The Digital Dozen does Fairy Tales | The Dalai Lama's Nails

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  • Carol

    Really love this design, DL! Simple yet striking.

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thank you!!

  • Great manicure and another clever design… fits the fairytale perfectly šŸ™‚

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thanks šŸ™‚

  • Kathryn J

    A very clever idea … love it!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      yay! thanks!

  • I love this minimalistic design. Very pretty!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      <3 <3

  • Hehehe, this is great! Love your take on the fairy tale šŸ™‚

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      hehe! thank you!

  • How clever! I tried really hard to guess what it was before I read the post, but now I know why I couldn’t figure it out. šŸ˜‰

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      lol, I was being kind of silly

  • Vic

    This is a fab mani – it makes me laugh that you’ve made the king go all modest and left his undies on.

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      hahahaha, I couldn’t just have *totally* naked nails!

  • Genius! Pure genius! LOL for days! <3

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  • I love what you did with this – it captures the story perfectly with the nude base!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thank you!

  • Cheyenne

    I love how simple yet pretty it is. And great story šŸ™‚

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thanks so much!

  • I totally forgot that story! It’s so funny! And your take on it is just genius. I’m loving what you’re coming up with this week!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      Thanks! I’ve had SO much fun this week

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    So simple, yet so beautiful!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thank you šŸ™‚

  • Those tips look awesome! Love the colors to it.

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thanks, Lisa!

  • This is such a clever idea! I’m not the biggest fan of traditional French tips but the colours of this plus the triple tip make it so pretty!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      I thought it would make things a little more interesting

  • Amanda Young

    Super wearable, and naked! Love it

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thank you šŸ™‚

  • This is really pretty! I love these colors!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      I thought they looked kind of regal šŸ™‚

  • This is such a fun fairy tale – here in Holland we have an amusement park called De Efteling and it has something called Sprookjesbos. It’s basically all fairy tales build out of puppets and stuff, and they move and play out little scenes. The Emperors New Clothes is one of them!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      oh, cool! It’s like – puppet theater?

  • This is great! The colors are lovely together and your nails look amazing!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      glad you like it!

  • Great color choices for the royal undie tips, LOL!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      hahahaha! I bet he wore silk royal undies šŸ™‚

  • Victoria Oen

    Lovely colors! Really simple and beautiful!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thank you <3

  • Sheila Gage

    This is brilliant! Thinking outside the box at its finest. LOVE!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      haha – I was desperate! This theme was so tough!

  • A Girl and Her Polish

    Royal underwear! Love it!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      haha! Kind of silly, eh?

  • Laurie

    Great concept!!!!

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      thank you!!!!

  • IndyGirl

    Beautiful! What kind of brushes did you use for those thin lines?

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      I used one of the Pure Color brushes from Stylish Nail Art Shop on Etsy (I think it’s no 9)

  • Genius! I thought about somehow doing this fairytale too. You pulled it off perfectly!

  • Christine Chipman

    This is sooooo elegant. I’m so jealous of the length of your nail beds, too, and the fact that you can leave your nails bare underneath the top coat. I’m hoping it won’t be too long before mine recover from the damage done by chemotherapy last year. But my nail beds are just so short compared to yours, and very slender as well. However, I’m come to realise that there are heaps of great designs people with small nails can do, so once my nails recover I might try something like this mani of yours then. Thanks for sharing.

    • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

      Hey Christine,
      First of all – congrats on being done with chemo! I hope that you are well šŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your comment.
      Secondly – there’s TONS of great nail art for small nails. I actually usually keep my nails much shorter than the length in this look šŸ™‚ Plus, lots of art can be adapted for small nails.
      Thirdly – I’m not a doctor, so these ideas should be taken with a grain of salt. Cuticle oils and lotions can really help, and you may need to keep the nails trimmed fairly short until they are strong enough to grow out.

      • Christine Chipman

        Thanks so much. I’m already using just about everything sort of cuticle oil and hand lotion, etc that I can lay my hands on, and I’m sure that is the only reason that they are starting to recover at all. I’ve detailed my recovery program on my blog, and hope that, if people start looking after their cuticles/nails BEFORE they start chemo, etc, they won’t experience the damage I got to my nails. I was just told to put dark nail polish on my nails to protect them from UV light and/or cover up any damage done. Everything else I went through is on my blog. Hopefully it will help others.