DIY French Manicure

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend as I know I did.  Was lucky enough to have some old friends visit and spend time celebrating another good friends 30th!  Now back to the grind.  I just need to get through this week and then all the rest of the weeks this year are 4 day or less! 

I wanted to share this great tutorial on a DIY French Manicure.  I am a big fan of frenchies but usually only get them once in a while since they don’t seem to last that long.  I hate to pay for a French Manicure at the salon and know that it will probably chip and crack within days. That’s why it makes sense to save the cash and do it yourself!!!  Plus I love these tutorials on The Beauty Department.

White polish
sheer pale pink polish
clear top coat
small paint brush
nail polish remover

Don’t be frustrated if this doesn’t turn out flawless on your first attempt. It can be a little tricky, so just have fun with it and practice!

1. Start with clean, bare nails that have been filed.
2. Using the white polish, paint the ends of your nails slightly thicker than you would like the white tips to be. Don’t worry about being too exact. Depending on the polish you may need to apply 2 coats to achieve solid white tips.
3. Let the whites air dry for a few minutes before starting the next step.
4. Dip your paint brush in nail polish remover and drag it along the inside of the white strip you have painted. Remember to mimic the shape of your nail with a slight curve. You will have to repeat this several times to get a smooth line. Slowly thin the line out until it is the width you like. Continue this on each nail, trying to keep the width of the white tip consistent. Note: Even with a lot of practice, your right hand can be difficult to do (or your left hand if you are left handed). This step might require a little help from a friend. Manicure party!
4. Once you are satisfied with your tips, apply one coat of pale pink polish over the entire nail. It is best to use a more sheer polish for a more natural look.
5. Add a clear top coat and your done!

The other thing I have used in the past to do my own French is these perfect tip stickers by Nailene.

It makes it a lot easier to do but you just have to make sure the white is fully dried before ripping them off!



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