Ladies, getting a manicure can seem frivolous. But, your hands and nails need just as much attention and maintenance that you provide to the rest of your body. There’s nothing wrong with investing time and money in taking care of yourself and putting your best self forward. In fact, the time and effort you put in getting a manicure reveal how you tend to other things in your life! If you want to learn how to do French manicure without having to rush to the salon each time, read on – we’ve got your Friday night plans covered!
If you’re new to the world of nails, here’s what you need to know. The ever-classic French manicure typically involves a pale pink base and bright white tips. It is sophisticated and classy, and will never go out of fashion. Let’s begin with the tutorial!
Fill up a bowl with warm water and soak your hands in it for a minute or so. This helps get rid of all the oils and dry skin and helps your manicure stay on a lot longer.
Once your nails are dry, you need to apply a base coat. This step is really important when you are doing a French manicure because your natural nails are going to be on show, and you want everything to look smooth. Let it dry before you move on to the next step.
Use a white nail polish for your tips. Rest your finger on a flat surface, tilt it to the side, push the brush where you want your French tip to start and then pull it over. Don’t worry about connecting it to the other side as the criss-cross method will take care of this. Place the brush on the other side and repeat exactly what you did first. This will create a smooth and even line. Clean up any excess polish with a Q-tip, and let your nails dry.
Choose a soft baby pink nail polish and paint it over your nails. This shade will blend all the colors together and make your manicure look a lot more natural.
To seal and set your manicure, go over your nails with a transparent top coat. Once it dries, add a cuticle oil for hydration.
This is how your manicure will eventually look! Isn’t that gorgeous?
The reverse French manicure is one of the hottest nail trends out there! It simply involves painting the circular moon shape of your nail bed in a shade that contrasts the rest of your nail. This is easy to do and won’t take up a lot of your time.
Start by applying a thin layer of a clear base coat as this helps the nail polish stick to your nails easily. It also protects your nails from staining and your manicure from peeling.
Grab your favorite nail polish – it could be anything – from metallic to a sheer color. Apply a nice, thin layer of it to your nails.
It’s time to go in with your second color. Use a small amount of polish and apply it while giving the brush a little wiggle to match the shape of your cuticle. Instead of going all the way to the nail bed, you’re leaving a small space for the first color to show.
To seal the manicure, make sure you apply a top coat to ensure it lasts for a long time without chipping or peeling.
Here’s how stunning it looks!
Wasn’t that simple?
Scotch tape (or regular tape) comes to the rescue if you’re a beginner and need a little help achieving that salon-quality French manicure.
Start with a layer of your base nail polish. You can use a pink-toned color or a nude/tan-toned color, as per your preference. Apply one coat of your desired shade on all your nails and leave it to dry.
If you’re clumsy and can’t get even tips no matter how hard you try, this hack saves you a lot of time and trouble. Simply cut out a strip of tape and cover your nails, leaving only your tips open – where the white nail polish goes. Apply the white polish.
Follow this step for each nail.
Now, gently remove the tape from your nail. Don’t pull too hard or you’ll ruin your base.
All you need is a gel-finish top coat to finish!
Say hello to your fresh manicure! Wasn’t that a breeze?
If you’re out of materials like scotch tape or band-aids, you can always use a rubber band to give yourself perfect French tips. Want to know how? Just follow these instructions!
Start by applying your base coat – you can use a sheer pink or tan color. Apply a thin layer and let it dry.
Twist your rubber band and place it around your nail, leaving a small gap at the top where the white nail polish goes.
Carefully apply your white nail polish on the tips. The rubber band makes it a whole lot easier to get even and aligned tips.
Make sure your polish has dried completely before you pull the rubber band off. Lift it while you pull it upwards.
Finish with a layer of top coat to seal the manicure!
You can buy your own gel French manicure kit from Gelish and do a salon-quality French manicure right at home. You also need to have an LED light to cure the polish.
Start by buffing your nails before you apply any polish. Once this is done, wipe them off with lint-free alcohol wipes. This will get rid of the gritty texture and ensure that your nails are nice and smooth. You’ll also get a better bond with this step.
Apply a thin coat of your Gelish foundation gel polish and cure the polish in your LED light for 30 seconds.
Next, apply the white gel nail polish on your tips, going from one side to the other in a single motion. Also, make sure you cap the tip with the polish to prevent any chipping. You can also use guide strips or tape to get perfect tips. Once this is done, cure the polish for another 30 seconds.
Once your tips are done, finish with a layer of gel top coat and cure them in your LED lamp.
Look at how perfect this looks!
Now that you’ve put in all the effort to give yourself a French manicure at home, you will want to make sure that it lasts a good while. Here are a bunch of tips and precautions that come in handy to make your fabulous manicure last until the end of time:
Ladies, your hands never take a day off, so taking care of them is essential. That was our take on how you can achieve a perfect French manicure straight from the comfort of your home. Have you ever tried this yourself? If so, what are your go-to techniques? We would love to hear your thoughts on this. Share with us in the comments section below.