The French Manicure is a classic nail polish style that is timeless and versatile. It is the little black dress of manicures for days when you don’t want to do a whole lot and still look dolled up and pretty.
It’s also the ultimate in pampering at a fancy nail salon or spa as the perfect cherry on top of a luxuriously relaxing and decadent manicure and pedicure session.
This obviously means it’s also sure to burn a hole in those stylish pockets and a massive dent in your limited time. If you happen to be fortunate enough to be able to spare the change and some time on getting a fantastic French Manicure by a professional then you can click right past this post with those immaculately groomed hands, but for those who cannot fathom spending that much time or money on nail art, here is a quick and easy DIY French Manicure Method to save you both.
Gather these together in advance so you don’t have to get up mid way and risk messing up your wet polish.
Cut your nails to the desired length and try to get each nail the same length or at least as close as possible.
File the nails into shape. Rounded tips are the most common and flattering shape for a French Manicure. This tutorial works with squared nails for a slightly unique take on the French Manicure. Square nails are also easier to polish on the tips making it less likely that the final result will be untidy.
For a more salonlike feel you can even buff your nails and moisturise while giving yourself a mini massage before you apply the polish.
Apply the base colour to all your nails and allow it to dry completely.
In the interest of saving time you can blast dry your nails with a hair dryer while being extra careful not to smudge the polish.
The tip colour application is everything in a French Manicure so you must be very thorough during this step.
Nail Art Pens have very thin brushes that are ideal for creating neat and precise designs on small surfaces like nail tips. You can purchase these from a variety of brands in lots of different colours at any beauty supply store.
Draw a thin line at the base of the tip where the pink of the nail turns white so as to section off that area.
Fill in the rest of the tip above the thin line and take care not to paint under it.
Just like Nail Art Pens you can also purchase Nail Guides from various beauty supply stores. These white stickers are rounded like the base of the tip to give you a guide of its shape and size.
Stick your Nail Guides at the base of the tip where the pink of the nail turns white.
If your Nail Guides come in different sizes then ensure you use the correct Nail Guide for each fingernail.
Ensure your Nail Guides are securely stuck to every tip base without any gaps to avoid any of the tip colour getting on to the base colour.
Remember not to stick the ends on the Nail Guides to your nails to allow for easy removal.
Take your regular white nail paint and brush horizontally or vertically on top of the nail guide or use a Nail Art Pen for added precision.
Allow the tips to dry completely before attempting to remove the Nail Guides.
At this stage you could once again blast the tips with a hair dryer for faster drying time. After your tips have completely dried grab the bottom of the Nail Guide that was kept loose with a pair of tweezers and gently peel it off.
Finish off your pretty French Manicure with a glossy topcoat. You can even use a gel topcoat for a gel polish finish.
The topcoat will seal in your polish and get ride of any odd bumps and blobs of polish.
Let your topcoat dry and get ready for a fantastic weekend without having to worry about matching your outfits to your polish. Brag about your DIY skills to your friends or let them think you have had yourself a fabulous time at an expensive nail spa!
You can use these same steps with several different base colour and tip colour combinations like:
Alternatively mix and match your own combinations and styles.