French manicures are a great choice for a lot of events varying from job interviews to weddings because they are clean and classic.
If you want to add a little more flair to the manicure, you can opt out of the typical nude and white polish pairing and choose different color options that are still neutral such as black and gray or black and beige. With French manicures you never have to worry about wearing a polish color that clashes with your clothing.
More than that, learning how to give yourself a French manicure will help you save you money at the nail salon and keep your hands looking healthy at the same time.
You are going to need:
- Nail clippers
- Manicure guides
- Base coat
- Top coat
- Cuticle treatment
- White polish
- Pink or violet polish
You must first trim your nails to the desired length. Using a nail file you must shape your nail: for French tips the best shape is a square cut with the nail cut straight across and rounded at the edges. The best way for filing nails is in one direction from each side of the nail toward the center to avoid splitting.
Prepare your hands and nails by soaking your fingertips in warm water and cleaning the surface of the nails. Apply a cuticle treatment around your nail bed and use a cuticle stick to push the cuticles down. Wash any remnants of the treatment from your nails and apply a base coat to your nails. If you still have any remaining cuticles or hangnails just clip them away.
Apply manicure guides along the curve of your nail to divide the nail tip. Leave a bit overhanging on each side. Apply your chosen nail polish to the nail above the guide. Paint each side outward from the center and allow the tips to dry off before you remove the guides.
Choose an opaque, shimmery color in a pink, nude or violet hue. Brush a coat over the entire nail, including the tip. Let the nails dry and then brush on a shiny coat.