If you love the stylish, sophisticated look of a perfect French manicure but you can't afford salon prices, don't despair, you can create your own French manicure at home. Here's how to do it.
What you will need
- nail clippers
- emery board
- orange wood cuticle stick
- nail buffer
- cuticle oil
- sheer pink and brilliant white nail polish
- clear top coat
You can find what you need for this project at your local chemist. If you prefer, you could use a French manicure kit, although this will work out to be slightly more expensive than using polish.
How to do it
- The first thing to do is to tidy up your nails before you start the manicure. A French manicure looks most effective on longer nails, so don't get carried away with trimming them. Trim your nails so that they are all equal in length.
- When your nails are at the length you want, decide whether you want them rounded or squared-off. Use a fine-grained emery board to smooth the ends of your nails into the desired shape. Don't saw at the nails with a back and forth action as this could split and damage them. Instead, draw the file smoothly across the nail from the bottom to the top in one continuous motion.
- Now prepare your cuticles. To do this, soak your hands in a bowl of clean, warm water for a few minutes to soften the cuticles. Use an orange wood stick to carefully and gently push the cuticles back. Clean any dirt from underneath your nails with the flat end of the cuticle stick.
- Next, you need to buff your nails. Use the blue side of the buffer first to remove ridges from the nails. Now use the pink side of the buffer to smooth the nail surfaces, and then finish off by polishing the nails with the grey side of the buffer.
- Now massage some cuticle oil into each nail and its cuticle.
- Now apply a basecoat of pink polish. Allow the polish to dry and then apply a second coat.
- Next, take the white polish and apply an upside-down smiley face shape to the tip of each nail. Allow the polish to dry, and then apply a second coat. Take your time with this step and keep your hand as steady as possible.
- Finally, apply a layer of clear top coat polish to seal your French manicure.