This duo dreams of an English garden. It comes into its own in the early afternoon among the powder and parasols, as dresses swirl and pastels intermingle. Mint and Bois de Rose are a sweet treat; a subtle breath of fresh air. Let's flashback to what inspired us!
A desire for freshness
After a winter like no other, we're ready for some refreshing colours to herald the arrival of spring. Light and subtle, we're not afraid to admit we've had our eye on pastels for some time. But which shades to start off with? What would inspire us?
God Save the Queen
We're not going to deny it, we were inspired by an English garden. At teatime, Mint and Bois de Rose play peekaboo among the scones and jam, as we head back in time to the 19th century.
The Netflix series Bridgerton - Season 1
These colours are part of the gentle, refined world of Daphne Bridgerton, heroine of the literary saga Bridgerton, which was recently turned into a Netflix series. Each of the family's outfits uses a powdery palette "like a whisper of colour", confirms costumer designer Ellen Mirojnick.
Yes, both of these colours are very British but they're also distinctly modern. Pastels made their comeback on the catwalk some time ago.
Appearing on organza and tulle at Dior, they also pop up in Jacquemus' 90s-inspired wardrobe. These colours have the power to soften their surroundings with their unique allure and light touch, bringing a dream-like quality to your outfit or manicure.
Dior automn-winter 2021-2022 © Sophie Carre
How to pastel
What's the best way to wear these new colours? We're delighted to announce (and hopefully you're delighted to hear) that these colours are available as a Green polish and a Green Flash gel polish, so you can wear them whatever your preference.
In terms of application, you have three options:
Pastels look great as an "all-over" colour (over the entire nail surface) and give a stylish lift to a classic blue-jeans-and-white-T-shirt combo.
A coloured French manicure
Imminent trend alert: the coloured French manicure! The concept? After the base coat, apply two coats of a slightly sheer colour like Hortencia or Nude, then paint the French smile line in your chosen colour.
For the more ambitious among you, Mint or Bois de Rose nail art is highly recommended. Abstract waves, graphic lines, flowers... your only limit is your imagination!