How to Give Yourself a French Manicure
Give Yourself a French Manicure
French manicures are popular for special occasions when you want your Short nails to look nice, but don’t want them to be the star of the show. Here is how you can give yourself that elegant look at home for a fraction of the cost.
First, you will need to gather your supplies. The items you will need are four types of nail color. The first one you will need is a base coat polish. The second polish you will need is a color polish, typically a pink or beige that is transparent. You will need a top coat polish and a white polish for the tips of your nails. You will also need nail polish remover, some cuticle oil, a cuticle stick, a nail file or emery board, cotton swabs, some hand and nail moisturizer and some time to do the manicure.
Manicure on Short nails
The first thing you will want to do is remove old polish from your Short nails. Do this by using the nail polish remover and the cotton. Apply the remover to the cotton and rub the nail until you have removed the old polish. Next, apply the cuticle oil to the cuticle of each nail and rub it in. If you do not have cuticle oil, you can use vegetable or olive oil. Allow the cuticle oil to sit and soften your cuticles as you take the emery board to file your nails. When filing your nails, always make sure to run the emery board in one direction from left to right to achieve the shape. Once you have achieved the shape, run the emery board up and down along the tip to eliminate any loose nail pieces.
How to do a french manicure with tape
The next thing you will want to do is work on those cuticles. To soften your cuticles even further, you can either soak them in warm water for 15 minutes or you can coat your hand in the moisturizer and wrap them in cling wrap for 20 minutes. Once you have the cuticle softened, take the cuticle stick and use it to remove the dead cuticle. Do this by rubbing the cuticle stick along the cuticle and then pushing the cuticle back. After you are finished, wash your hands and use the nail polish remover and cotton tape to remove any excess oil.
Next, begin applying the polish. First, start with your base coat and apply it to the nail using three or less even strokes. Next, you will want to use the polish you have chosen for your tips. Use the brush and carefully follow the natural white tip of your nail as a guideline. After you have applied the tip color to all nails, wait for it to dry and then apply the color polish you have chosen. Make sure to apply evenly. If you need a second coat, wait for the first coat to dry and then repaint. You will want to finish your manicure by applying an even top coat.
Once you have completed your manicure, allow your nails five minutes to dry. You can test to see if they are dry by using your tongue. If you can place the tip of your tongue on your nails and still taste polish, your nails are not dry. Apply a bit of cuticle oil to your nails and this will prevent lint and hair from sticking. You can clean your nails up by wrapping some cotton around the end of your cuticle stick, applying some nail polish remover to the cotton and then carefully running the stick along the areas to remove the polish.