How to give yourself a French Manicure:
A French manicure is a style of polishing the nails
wherein white paint is applied to the tips of the fingernails,
and the rest of the nails are given a pink coat or painted with
sheer polish that is colored either pale pink or very light beige.
The French manicure is very good for short nails
and nails that have a moderate length.
The French manicure gives the nails a clean, well-groomed appearance.
Many women go for the French manicure because of its simplicity
and the natural look that it evokes.
Before you start giving your nails a French manicure,
make sure you have prepared your nails first
by removing old nail polish with acetone remover.
Then go and clean your nails and give them a trim.
Once you are done cleaning and trimming your nails, go ahead and apply
a base coat to your nails. Keep this base coat thin and even.
Afterwards, put a tip guide to your nail. This is supposed to cover
the lower part of your nail, as well as follow the curve
of your nail tips natural white.
When you are done with that, apply white polish to the exposed tips
of your fingernails, and then let them dry.
Keep the area that you will paint white thin. If you go too widely
on the white paint, your nails will look chunky. Also, if you do not feel
comfortable with stark white tips, you can use off-white polish instead.
When the white polish on the tips of your fingernails is dry,
remove the nail tip guides thoroughly. And then, paint the entire length
of your nails with a beige polish. Two coats of this polish may be necessary.
After this, put a layer of top coat on your nails. This is the last step;
after putting on the top coat, dry your nails and make sure they dry completely.
To extend the life of your French manicure and to keep your nails nice
and looking well-groomed, you should make it a point to apply
an extra layer of top coat on your nails every night.
Putting on a French manicure can get really tricky. Most beauty shops
sell readily-assembled nail polishing kits especially made for the French manicure.
If you need extra help, you can find these kits very useful.
If you want to try out the French manicure but you are afraid to do it yourself,
you can always visit a nail salon and have your nails done there.
French manicure often costs extra than a regular polish
because of the degree of accuracy needed for the job.
It may be an expense, but it is worth it.
For more info, download French Manicure, a free ebook.