Rule of Thumb, and other phalanges

Beauty tip for the day: Do Not paint every nail on your hand a different color to try them out, and then forget to take it off. It looks like a stupid rainbow.

I do however love all of these colors. They are:

thumb- Chanel ‘Quartz’/ pointer- Chanel ‘Rose Cache’/ middle- Chanel ‘Vendetta’/ ring- Chanel ‘Graphite’- one of the Fall colors. Don’t even bother looking for it, this baby sold out./ pinky- Opi for Sephora ‘Havana Dreams’

I almost never paint my nails. I just don’t care for that kind of embellishment unless it’s a special occasion. And that doesn’t end at the cuticle. Like most things in my life, that philosophy circles right on back to ballet.

You would not believe the weird-looking shapes people come up with for their hands in ballet. These are my top five pet peeve hand positions for sloppy dancers

1. The Pincherwhere the middle finger and thumb touch

2. The Swan Headwhere the wrist is bent or ‘broken’ to an extreme angle

3. The Rhino horn – where the pointer finger is too elevated

4. Hamburger HandsWhere the hand makes a ‘c’ shape with all of the fingers together

5. The Creaturesplayed out fingers

The correct position for the hand is a straight wrist with the thumb slightly tucked in, pointing towards the most distal point of the middle finger. The pointer finger should be slightly higher than the other fingers.

Love is in the details.

I always think you can tell a true ballerina by the hands. It’s that perfect finishing touch, unlike the strange array of colors I slathered on my nails. Thank heavens for nail polish remover. Now if they could just invent some that erases bad ballet habits and put it in a spray bottle so that I can squirt the phalanges of anyone doing any of these positions, I’ll be all set.

4 thoughts on “Rule of Thumb, and other phalanges

  1. How about the hyper-extended fingers undulating like sea anemone tentacles? I guess you will need a moving picture to demonstrate that.

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