Who doesn’t love a good old fashion french manicure? It’s simple, classy and goes with everything. But going to the salon can get pricey fast. Learning how to do a french mani at home will save you dough and keep you looking fab!
What you will need:
-white nail polish (or whatever color you prefer to tip with)
-clear base coat
-clear top coat
-light natural pink color (can skip if you like the nude look better)
-nail polish remover
-small angled paint brush
-french tip guides or reinforcement stickers that can be purchased from staples
-sparkly nail art paint if you so wish
Shape nails as desired (I like a square nail with rounded edges)
Apply base coat and allow to dry. Apply one even coat of the pink color if you’d like or skip if you prefer a naked nail.
Pour some nail polish remover into a small bowl or if you are lazy like me, into the nail polish remover cap- you don’t need much.
Apply the guides or stickers just below your natural tip, or as thick as you’d like your white tip. You may need to use more than one reinforcement sticker on your thumb.
Apply one coat of the white polish to your tips. Let dry and apply a second coat and let dry for a few minutes.
Remove the stickers. There will probably be some white that slipped under your guide or sticker. No problem! Just use your angled brush dipped in your nail polish remover to clean up your lines. While you’re at it clean up any nail polish that got on your fingers as well. Make sure to clean your brush off with a paper towel before dipping it back into your nail polish remover to move on to the next nail.
Skip this step if you don’t want any glitter. Grab your sparkle and brush off any excess polish, a small amount is easier to get in a precise line, and you can always thicken it up with extra applications if need be. Now when I draw these lines I rest my hand with the finger I am painting on the table and grab the nail art brush like a pen and rest the side of my painting hand on the table as well. I slowly place the tip of the brush onto the line and use small controlled movement to rock my finger side to side while guiding the brush along the line. The combo of the rocking and painting makes it easier to get a precise line.
Let this dry completely and apply two coats of your top coat, making sure to wrap the coat around the tip of your nail to discourage chipping.