Many people believe that the French manicure is an way to style your nails. But a lot of still consider it to be a timeless way to finish your image. Your nails will be pretty, clean and suitable for all occasions.
Whenever you plan to polish your nails, then it’s always best to schedule some time away whenever you know you’ll be undisturbed. You would like to make sure that the experience is pleasurable and stress-free, so allow at least an hour.
Below is a list of fundamentals you’ll have to gather together prior to beginning your own manicure:
What You’ll Need
• Emery board
• Nail polish remover (Non-acetone if you’ve false nails)
• Cuticle tool
• Moisturizer/hand lotion
• Kitchen towel
• Cotton balls or pads
• French manicure pack (available from most drug stores)
• French manicure color kit
• Clear top coat polish
• Hand towel to roll up and put under your wrists while painting
• 2 small plastic bags
At-Home French Manicure Technique
- Remove jewellery and wipe all traces of nail polish off, using cotton balls or pads. Remember acetone will dry out nails . Non-acetone is kinder but takes longer to remove stubborn or daring polish (non-acetone is very important for fake nails, otherwise they’ll dissolve.)
- File or cut natural nails to form what is required. When filing, remember to do this in one direction only, not in a back and forth motion.
Shape is an entirely personal thing. Square are popular today oval still has its own place.
- Apply cuticle remover and soak hands in a bowl of water to soften the cuticles. It’s best to give a nice 5 minute soak. In case your palms are dry then you will set them in plastic bags for a further five minutes.
This will encourage the cuticles to soften even more and your palms to feel less demanding.
- Dry off nails and hands with a kitchen towel to avoid lint or threads out of regular towels.
- With the cuticle toolencourage cuticles back towards base of nail. Don’t snip away skin with scissors unless you’re sure it’s dead otherwise you’ll lead to injury to the cuticle.
- The other end of tool may be used to remove debris from the bottom of the nail.
- Apply moisturizer or hand lotion and massage your hands and the lower part of your arms. It improves circulation and is extremely relaxing. Before painting the nails, take one of the Q Tips and dip it in the powder remover. Wipe only the surface of the nail. If you don’t the glue may be present on the nails and will prevent the polish from adhering successfully. Apply the base coat on the nail start with one stroke down center of the nail and after that one from the right and left hand sides. Make certain all coats of polish are thin.
- Your French manicure package should contain guide strips in order that you may get a distinction of colour on the nail tip.
- Once the base layer is dry apply a guide strip beneath the naturally white section towards the end of the nail. You’re currently aiming for a pleasant, clean white arc.
The size of the arc is really dependent on personal taste, however, when you’ve especially short nails it’s best to only have a white tip otherwise it’ll look unbalanced and give your fingers the appearance of being brief. The same applies in reverse if your nail bed is big, a tip that is briefer won’t balance out.
- Paint the white tip in the exact same direction as the base coat as opposed to horizontally. Start mid way across the guide strip and then get down off the end of the nail with every stroke.
- Wait around for this coat to dry before removing the guides.
- When there’s a residue left from the guide strips it’s possible to remove this by dipping one of the Q tips into pure alcohol and brushing it on the surface of the nail.
- To prevent chipping seal the entire thing with a clear top coat. The manicure is now complete and ready to be admired.