A French manicure is a classy nail look that is surprisingly easy to do at home. I don’t like my nails really long so I don’t go to the salon to get my nails done. I just do them myself. If you want to give that a try, a French manicure is a great starting point. It’s the perfect thing for work or play and you can get the entire thing done in just a few minutes. Ready to give it a try? Here are the steps you need to go from plain nails to fab nails.
The first thing you need to do is to remove any old polish on your nails so you have a clean slate for your French manicure. Use a cotton ball to get the job done and be sure to get all along the sides of your nails and down into the cuticles. Once that’s done, rinse your nails and buff them so that there isn’t anything in the way of the polish.
The slightly rounded, slightly square (squoval, if you will) of salon nails is super easy to recreate at home. Use your file to gently create the shape you want, going in one direction only to prevent damage to your fingernails. Try to get the nails as symmetrical and even as possible for a more sophisticated French manicure.
A base coat of clear polish allows your French manicure to really shine and helps create a barrier between the heavier polishes and your nails. Swipe on a thin coat of clear and allow it dry completely before continuing with the remaining steps of the French manicure.
If you have a steady hand, you can easily add the white ends to your French manicure freehand. I’m not that good so I need a little bit of help. You can get the perfect outline using paper reinforcers (you know, those little white circles for torn notebook paper holes) or plain old Scotch tape. Place either where you want the white to stop and then down toward your cuticle. Brush on two coats of white polish, allowing each to dry completely before moving on.
Once the white has dried, swipe on a clear top coat. That gives you that shiny, elegant look that you see in salons. Make sure you allow it to dry totally before trying to do anything so that you don’t smudge your French manicure. Now is the time to put your feet up, read a magazine and sip a mai tai.
If you want a French manicure like no other, consider some variations to the look. Instead of white, try a fun color like turquoise or pink. Add tiny rhinestones along the edge before your clear top coat. Try a shimmery or glittery white color or a shiny top coat instead of plain clear. Use your imagination and experiment to find a look you love.
There’s no reason why you have to start from scratch just because you have a bit of fading or a ding on one nail. Just buff it down a bit, reapply the white and top the whole thing with another coat of clear. This can help your French manicure last for a week or even longer.
Do you love having a French manicure? Will you try it at home now?
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