Name one thing extra iconic than being Queen Elizabeth’s favourite nail polish shade. I’ll wait. Essie Ballet Slippers is so beloved by the monarch, in truth, that it is reportedly the solely shade that she’ll let contact her royal fingernails. While my very own love affair with Ballet Slippers is not as well-documented as the Queen’s, it’s simply as passionate (sure, you could be very obsessed with nail polish, particularly whenever you work at Allure).
When I used to be in the warmth of my pre-teen years, I’d wander away and peruse the magnificence aisles of my native drugstore whereas my dad and mom have been purchasing. I’d browse the latest skin-care product, claiming to eliminate my blossoming pimples quick, then transfer over to nail polishes the place I used to be all the time mesmerized by the number of colours, sorted in rainbow order.
During one in every of these purchasing expeditions, I grew to become drawn to a sheer, gentle pink shade, however fell in love after I noticed that it was aptly named Ballet Slippers — I used to be a ballerina my whole life and felt that the title was kismet: we have been meant for one another. It was the first nail polish shade that I ever picked out by myself and remained a mainstay in my (quickly increasing) lacquer assortment.
Ballet Slippers has been round since 1982, just one 12 months after Essie Weingarten launched her line of nail colours. Reportedly, it was named to pay homage to Weingarten’s girlhood ritual of getting manicures together with her mom after ballet class each Saturday. The enduring enchantment of the shade’s romanticism and femininity shouldn’t be in contrast to that of ballet itself.
Whenever I’m doing my nails myself (which really tends to be rather a lot), I begin with a drop of the Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Remover on every nail. After a fast push and extra common cuticle upkeep with Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil, I’ll all the time pack on extra hydration to each my nails and my palms by making use of Weleda’s Almond Hand Cream — I discover that moisturizing earlier than making use of polish helps all the things really feel brisker and typically last more. To give your self main endurance and insurance coverage towards chips, I additionally advocate swiping on a fast layer of Essie’s Here to Stay Base Coat earlier than attending to the important occasion.
The trickiest half about making use of Ballet Slippers is that it is a very skinny and sheer shade, clearly, so brush strokes can turn out to be obvious in the event you’re not cautious. With each layer you add on, the extra streak-free the look turns into — three layers for me tends to be the candy spot. If you are trying to make the comfortable, pink shade stand out a bit of extra, borrow this tip from Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel The Devil Wears Prada, the place Ballet Slippers makes an look: layer it on prime of 1 coat of Essie’s Marshmallow, a sheer white shade.
Even although I’ve experimented with bolder nail artwork (ombré neon nails, anybody?) and colours, I’ve all the time had a passion for this oldie-but-a-goodie. It brings me again to the days after I would wander the drugstore magnificence aisles, determined to strive each single product. And, if carrying Ballet Slippers will get me one step nearer to royalty in consequence, I’m right here for it.
The Essie Ballet Slippers Nail Polish is a 2020 Allure Readers’ Choice Award winner. See the full listing of this 12 months’s winners right here.