Nail Art

How To Do The French Manicure At Home 

How To Do The French Manicure At Home  November 9, 2017

A manicure is a cosmetic treatment that basically involves taking complete care of the nails – starting from filing, shaping, massaging and finally applying polish. Other nail treatments can also be included in the process like the application of acrylic nails, artificial nail, nail art designs, etc. In French manicure, the only difference is that the Manicure is done to resemble natural nails.

The base of the nail is kept natural (in color) and the nail tips are painted in crisp white.  It is a very old technique to paint your nails and is loved by almost every woman. French nails if done properly look very clean and sophisticated.

French manicure looks very feminine and elegant. They look great during working hours and also fun party times. They can be paired with any dress – Indian or western. You can get them done by a trained manicurist at nail salons and can opt for them to be done in acrylics, gel nails or with ordinary nailpaint. Acrylic and gel French manicure should be better left to professionals as they should be done with utmost care and if not done accurately, you can damage your nail bed. They are very costly too, In India, getting acrylics and gel nails with French tips costs around Rs. 1500 to 3000, depending on where you are getting them done. If you want to save money and don’t want to go for acrylics or gel nails, then you can do them at home with ordinary nailpaints. Here is a simple French Manicure at-home tutorial.

How to do a French Manicure at Home

Things You Will Need:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton
  • Luke warm water bowl
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Shampoo
  • A good hand cream
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Basecoat
  • Light pink/brown nailpaint (using china glaze inner beauty)
  • White (opaque) nailpaint (using OPI Alpine snow)
  • French tip guides
  • Top coat
  • Cuticle oil

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Prep your nails by removing any old nailpaint using acetone free formula. Don’t use acetone as it will damage your nails. This is the first and foremost of the French manicure steps.

Step 2

Now dip your hands in lukewarm water. Before dipping your hands, add one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and shampoo to the water. Dip your hands for 15 minutes.

Step 3

Take your hands out after 15 minutes and apply cuticle oil and massage your nails for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Now push back your cuticles and snip off any dry ones.

Step 5

Apply some good nourishing basecoat and let it dry completely.

Step 6

After your basecoat dries, apply your base color – light pink or light nude beige/ brown shade according to your choice and let it dry completely. It should be completely dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 7

When the base color dries completely, put the French manicure tip guides just under your nail smile line as shown in the picture.

Step 8

Paint your tips with white nailpaint as shown in the picture below:

Step 9

Remove French tips when your nailpaint is still wet.

Step 10

After removing French tips, clean any nail polish on your cuticles using the nail polish remover and q-tips for getting a neat look.

Step 11

Now apply the topcoat and let it dry.

Step 12

Now apply cuticle oil to give extra nourishment to your nails.

Special French Manicure Kits:

If you wish you can buy special French manicure kits available in market or online at very affordable prices, you should first ensure that it contains the following:

The basic French kits contains following things:

  • French tips guides (ones we used for making white tips above)
  • White nailpaint.
  • Baby pink or nude color nailpaint.
  • Topcoat
  • Some kits also contain base coat, toe tip guides and rhinestones for nail decorations also.

Best Readymade French Manicures Kits Available In India:

1. Konad French Nail Art

This kit is easily available in the market and online. It costs around Rs. 650 to 700 depending on where you are buying it from. This kit includes pale pink nailpaint, white nailpaint, top coat, French tip guides for hand finger tips and for toes tips, rhinestones for adding bling to your nails and acrylic stick for picking up the rhinestones. We totally recommend this kit as it gives total value for your money.

[ Read: Tips And Tricks For Beautiful Nails ]

2. Sally Hansen French Manicure Kit

This kit is available at and comes in 2 – 3 variants. This costs around Rs. 610. This kit includes sheer base nail color, white nailpaint for tips and topcoat

3. Bourjois French Nail Art Kit

This kit is quite expensive but is of excellent quality. You can buy these from any online store as almost all of them stock this kit. It retails for around Rs.1100/-. This kit includes French tip guides, white nailpaint, sheer pink nailpaint and a topcoat. We totally recommend this one as it is of very best quality.

4. VOV French Manicure Kit

You can find this kit at your local beauty shops and they retail between Rs.150/- to Rs.350/-. It comes in many variants. The quality of these kits is really good. Beginners can buy these kits for practicing this technique and later can upgrade to the more expensive ones. This basic kit includes everything you need for creating beautiful French nails.

Hope you liked the tutorial. Now, getting a French manicure at home is not going to be a big task hopefully. Please leave your feedback in the comments below.

You will be blown away by how amazing the French nails with some modifications can look. You will fall in love with these designs instantly. I have designed a perfect abstract and stone finished French manicure for you in this post.

Things You Will Need

For this simple but glamorous nail art are as follows:

  • A base coat
  • White acrylic paint / or white nail polish
  • Black acrylic paint or black polish
  • Purple nail polish
  • A dotting tool or a toothpick
  • Cotton bud and polish remover
  • A glitter polishes of your choice or loose glitters
  • A nail art brush
  • A transparent top coat
  • Stones of small size
  • A silver two-way nail art pen or silver polish

Stepwise Tutorial

Let’s get started.

Step 1

Use a nice layer of base coat on your nails to prevent it from harmful effects of acrylic paint. Use white polish or acrylic paint on to the extensions of your nails. Doing French nails at home is quite easy and is not so time-consuming unless you know how to do it perfectly.

Step 2

Give a nice duo finish with the help of a purple polish.

Step 3

Cover the white part of the tips with silver polish or silver nail art pen.

Step 4

Create some dots with the help of the blunt end of the toothpick. Draw a line with black polish demarcating the separation of the two colors and ending at the top in a curved way. Use your nail art brush for this.

Step 5

Now apply a nice layer of glitter polish all over and if you do not have a glitter polish, apply transparent polish and apply some loose glitters.

Step 6

Now before the glitter polish dries, apply some stones in the way that I have applied them on the edges of the black border on either side for an abstract look.

Step 7

Clean up stray polishes from the edges with the help of a cotton bud and polish remover and apply two layers of top coat to prevent your design from chipping away. This will protect tha stones from falling off too.

French nails have become a rage all over the globe and doing a lot of variations in French nails also is becoming a boom. You would see a lot of Hollywood and Bollywood actresses flaunting it.

These days the white color in the French nails is also being replaced by different colors including neons, shimmers, glitters and regular colors. Different patterns are also being done to give a twist to these French tips. They also are known to suit short, medium and long nails.

Do try it and share your experiences. Hope you like the post. Do visit my other post on Abstract nail art. You will definitely love it too.


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