How to achieve the perfect French manicure
The French manicure is rumoured to be one of the first cosmetic treatments originating from the 1800s. It is a simple process to the nail that leaves you feeling pretty in pink. You can acquire this treatment in a professional beauty or nail salon but if you need a quick fix and are working on a budget like a lot of us are these days then you may want to give it a go at home.
With the right products and the confidence to carry it off you can give yourself a perfect French manicure in less than half an hour!
Here’s a step by step guide that will help you achieve the perfect finger tips.
- Prepare your nails for the manicure by cleaning them; if you’ve previously worn any nail varnish make sure you remove it with nail varnish remover and a cotton pad. Following this, soak your hands in warm water.
- If you’ve got an orangewood stick then you can do the next step. Now your hands are nice and soft from the water, push your cuticles back gently with the stick so each finger nail looks even.
- Now it’s time to trim and file your nails. You can do this with nail scissors or clippers and then use a nail file to file down the edges evenly. You can choose to file them squarely with a flat edge or alternatively with a rounded edge.
- Now using a white nail varnish paint the tips of each nail. If you struggle to do this freehand then you can purchase stickers and position them on your nails as a stencil – These are good to purchase from eBay or you can usually find them in French manicure kits. If you wish to apply a second coat which is necessary for a bolder finish then allow your nails to dry in between each coat.
- Once your tips have tried (it’s usually best to wait around 15 minutes) you can now apply your pink or nude coat across the whole nail. Once again, wait for your nails to dry in between each coat- 2 coats may be necessary.
- Once all coats have dried you may then want to apply a clear topcoat – this will protect your manicure and leave it longer lasting. Finally – leave to dry and then you can sit back and admire your work.
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Written by Zoe, A keen author of beauty, fashion and trend articles.