Ace A French Manicure

February 1, 2021
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Follow our easy step-by-step guide to successfully ace a French manicure.

A classic French Manicure is a popular look because of its simple elegance. Suitable for all occasions, it can take you from ultra-natural day-wear to a glamourous evening look.  

What you will need for your French Manicure application

• Bottle of Cuticle Remover

• Bottle of French White Polish

• Bottle of French Sheer Pink Polish

• Bottle of Base Coat

• Bottle of Top Coat

• Small nail scissors

• Natural Nail File

• Nail Polish Remover

Clean Up Brush

Step 1. Perform a manicure

Perform a manicure on your nail to ensure your nails are freshly manicured and nicely shaped and even in length.

Step 2. Tame your cuticles

Apply a cuticle remover and leave for 2 minutes.  Gently push back your cuticles and make sure nothing is left on your nails.  

This step should be done after the dishes or having a bath or shower so as not to damage your cuticles.

Step 3. Remove residual

Once you have performed a manicure and treated your cuticles, wash and dry hands thoroughly to remove any file dust and residual cuticle remover.

Step 4. Apply a Base

Apply a clear base coat over each nail and let dry. Using a base coat helps the nail polish to adhere to the natural nail.

Step 5. Paint the white

Apply one coat of the white polish to the tips of your nails following the natural smile line of each nail. Try to apply the polish in one long even stroke working from one side of the nail to the other.  

Tip: You might find it easier to turn your hand sideways to apply the polish, that way you can roll the finger as you are applying the polish. 

Most French White polishes need only one coat but if necessary, apply the second coat of the white polish leaving tie to dry in between coats.

Step 6. Perfection is key

This is the time to clean up the smile lines and any random residual paint that doesn’t belong on your nails or skin. 

Part of its appeal is the crisp clean lines, there is nothing pretty about an untidy French Manicure.

Step 7. Pretty in Pink

Once the white polish has dried completely, apply a coat of pink polish over the entire nail.   

If you like a very natural finish, apply just one coat of pink polish, if you prefer a bolder pink effect apply two coats. Allow drying time in between coats.

Step 8. Apply a Top Coat 

Once polish has dried, apply a clear top coat over the entire nail and edge for added protection. 

Let dry. 

Tip: Top Coat not only adds shine but speeds up the drying process.

Step 9. Enjoy!

Enjoy your efforts.

Follow this simple step-by-step guide for painting a hassle free French Manicure application every time.

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