I’ve had a few people ask me to write a blog about how to nail the perfect french manicure, so here it is!
I’m going to show you how to do the perfect French manicure.
1. Start by applying a base coat, making sure you apply it all the way over your cuticle and up to the sides. Then let it dry.
2. Once the base coat is dry, apply the white nail polish on just the tip of your nail, making sure to leave a small gap between your cuticle and where you start painting. Then let it dry.
3. Once the white polish is dry, apply a second coat of white and let it dry again.
4. Finally, apply a clear top coat to seal in your manicure, and finish with a quick-dry spray that will help avoid any chipping or dents in your design!
I have been doing my own nails for as long as I can remember, and when I first started out, the French manicure was all the rage, so I should know. So let me show you how to do your own french manicure, including a tip or two that I have learned along the way.
The first thing to consider before you start decorating your nails is what kind of shape you want them to be in. Almond shaped nails are much more forgiving than square shaped ones if you don’t get the line perfectly straight, but it can take a little longer to get them looking perfect. But if you want quick results, go for a square shaped nail instead.
If you are going for an almond shaped nail, file down your nails until they feel nice and smooth. Then buff them to give them some shine and make sure that there are no snags or rough patches.
Now it’s time to clean up your cuticles. You can do this by pushing back your cuticles with an orange stick (or something similar), or by using a cuticle cream and then pushing them back with the stick once they have softened up.
I’ve always been jealous of the French Manicure. I love the subtle, yet classic and beautiful look to it.
But, every time I try to achieve the look myself, it looks sloppy and amateurish.
So, here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to create the perfect French Manicure in no time at all!
All you will need is:
1. A light pink or nude nail polish (the base colour)
2. A white nail polish (the tip colour)
3. A base coat
4. A top coat
5. Clear tape
6. Nail clippers/scissors
7. Nail file
The French manicure is a classic look that never goes out of style. It’s timeless, chic and elegant. But, if you have ever tried to do it yourself at home, you know how difficult it can be to get it right. Here are some tips on how to achieve the perfect French manicure at home.
The first step is to clean and prep your nails by pushing back the cuticles and filing them in the shape of your choice. Then, wash your hands with soap and water to ensure that your nails are clean and dry before applying any polish. If you want a super clean edge, you can use a nail polish remover without acetone as a final wipe to make sure there are no excess oils or dirt on your nails. Now, you can begin painting.
First, apply a base coat of clear polish to prevent discoloration from the white tip color. Next, dip a cotton swab into nail polish remover and clean up any excess lacquer around your cuticles with the remover on the swab. This will give you a nice clean edge for your French manicure.
Once your base coat is dry, use striping tape or liquid nail art guide (essentially just striping tape in liquid form)
The French manicure is a classic look that can be achieved with the right tools and done correctly. When done properly, it can brighten up your look, giving you a fresh and clean appearance.
Before starting the french manicure, make sure to cover a large surface area with some newspaper or old cloth. You also want to make sure you have enough light in the room so that you can see what you’re doing – one of the most important steps when creating this look is making sure that you get your lines perfectly straight.
Step 1: Prepare Your Nails
1. Remove any old nail polish with a non-acetone nail polish remover and cotton pads.
2. Push back and trim any cuticles using a cuticle pusher and cuticle clippers.
3. Using an orange stick, push back any dead skin from around your nails and file down any excess length from your nails, shaping them into a rounded square shape. Make sure to file them across the top first then in a downward direction along the sides for added strength. Avoid sawing back and forth as this will cause the nail to weaken and tear more easily.
4. Wash your hands thoroughly making sure there is no residue on the nails.
5. Apply moistur
Step One: Prep
The most important part of any manicure is the prep. It’s so important! So, first things first, you want to hydrate your nails and cuticles with some oil. I like to use an essential oil blend that I bought at Whole Foods but you can use whatever you have on hand. If you don’t have any oils, olive or coconut oil will work well too. After you’ve massaged your nails and cuticles with oil, wipe them clean with a lint free pad.
Next, you want to remove any existing polish from your nails if you have it on. Start by buffing the surface of each nail with a four-way buffer (I use this one). This will help the polish adhere to your nails and prevent chipping once it is applied. Once they’re all buffed, dip a cotton ball in nail polish remover and wipe off any remaining polish or oil that might be left over from earlier steps.
Step Two: Paint
Now comes the fun part! Apply two coats of base coat to all of your nails and allow them to dry completely before moving on to the next step (I like this base coat by Zoya). You only need two coats because we’re going to apply several layers