Years ago I decided to take the matter into my own hands and find a way to do an awesome french manicure at home. Here are the tools:
- nail polish remover
- white polish
- clear coat
- eye tips cotton swabs (flat on one end and pointy on the other)
I usually use the 99 cent Wet N Wild white polish from the drug store. The key to a good french manicure is fresh polish. It has to be good and runny, not clumpy or thick at all (like old polish gets). I buy the cheap stuff so even if I only get one manicure out of the bottle it's still significant savings over a salon polish.
Here are the steps:
- Remove any polish or oils from your nails w/ polish remover.
- With the white polish paint from the top of your nail down to past the natural curved line of your nail. (Don't worry about making it look pretty at this point.
- Let this layer dry thoroughly! I cannot stress this enough!
- Put a second coat over the first, once again down past the natural line of your nail tip.
- Let this layer dry thoroughly! I mean it! If you don't let all the layers dry well your nails will chip or dent or smear before the top coat finally does dry.
- Take the flat end of your q-tip and dip it in the polish remover. Rub the cotton swab across your nail, allowing it to follow the natural curve of your nail. Start at the bottom of the white polish and work your way up, slowly erasing away what you don't want in a smooth line. Stop when it looks good to you.
- Use the pointy end of the cotton swab for any touch-ups and to get any polish off the skin beside your nails. (I'm a messy polisher.)
- Apply a clear coat if you prefer the look I do, or a light pink polish if you want a softer look.
|The nail on the right isn't finished, fyi.|
Use 10 cotton swabs, one for each nail. Once too much polish gunk gets on the swab it won't erase in a solid, smooth line.
You can stop the line of the french manicure lower than your actual nail tip. This will make your nails look longer. If you break one nail before your manicure, use this trick to try to make it look the same length as your other nails.
Once again, and I'm serious this time, let each layer dry COMPLETELY before the next. Sometimes I will even wait a half hour between coats just to be sure. You can watch TV, read a book, or read The 2010's Housewife blog while waiting. :)
If you give it a try, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how you did!
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|Fran Wilson Eye Tees Cotton Tips|
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