Shaping Nails Oval and Essie Barefoot & Topless

Generally, I am terrible to my nails.  Constantly painting them, butcher them off with a nail clipper or just ripping them off if they break low, very little careful filing.  So the shape is generally in line with my natural, somewhat short, nail bed.  In my airplane travels this weekend, I was poring over Allure magazine and I keep seeing ladies with quite oval shaped nails.  I think it can look so elegant - especially from a side angle so I decided to give my nails a little TLC and shape them last night at 4am.  It took longer than I expected, nails are quite short and getting any shape required filing down the sides.

To go with the tres chic (or at least trying :) ) nails, I wanted a good nude polish.  Put on Essie Barefoot & Topless that came in the spring set maybe?  I find them difficult to work with, I'm pretty miserable at applying polish in general and creams that are a little thick are the worst for me.  Luckily the polish evened out and settled down to a nice finish despite my attempts to butcher it.  I think the color is flattering with my ever so pale skintone - darker nudes I've been less fond of.  The tiny bottle, is of course, very cute; though the tiny brush isn't the easiest to use with fumblefingers like myself.

I think the oval shaping helps give a little tapering to my fingers which are short on small hands for my height, giving them a slightly more dainty appearance. I like it, but I'm not sure if I'd want to take the time to keep up the shape.

Essie describes the shade is soft beige pink, in lighting at home I almost get a pink bordering lilac undertone feel.  Pictured, it looks more on the beige end.  Per usual, I used Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat.