Are you looking for information on how to give a French manicure? If so, look no further. The French manicure is a form of nail art where white polish is applied only to the tip of the nails. Nails still have a natural look to them after completion of the manicure. The origin of the French manicure is not quite sure. Orly founder Jeff Pink was the first person to introduce the French manicure into the United States. In 1975, he found that this style of nail polish was ideal to use on movie sets where actors wore different styles and colors of clothing. Besides matching all clothing, giving a French manicure can also save the receiver of the manicure some money.
To give a French manicure, you will need:
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton pads
- Soak bowl
- Cuticle stick
- Cuticle cream
- Emery board
- Nail Buffer
- Base coat
- Tip guides
- White nail polish
- Beige nail polish
- Top coat
- Apply nail polish remover to a cotton pad and use it to clean any old nail polish from the nails. You want to create a clean surface to work with. There are various kinds of nail polish removers available. There's liquid nail polish remover, nail polish remover pads, nail polish remover pens, acetone and non-acetone remover and more. Nail polish removers can strengthen the nail and nourish the nail. Look for the polish that fits your friend the best.
- File the nails using the emery board. All nails should be the same length. If nails are extra long, you can shorten them using nail scissors. Don't use nail clippers on the nails, because cutting with them may do more damage. Keep in mind that a French manicure looks best when the nails are somewhat square shaped.
- Soak the nails in a bowl of warm water for about ten minutes. Doing this will soften the cuticles. You can skip this step if you apply cuticle oil or cream directly to the nails. Make sure to massage the cream or oil into the cuticles.
- Push the cuticles back using the cuticle stick. Place the rubber part of the cuticle stick before the nail bed and push it back towards the wrist. Rinse any nail dust off the hands and dry them off.
- Apply the base coat and allow it to dry. Place the tip guides on the nails to outline where your polish should go. Keep in mind that it's the area above the tip guides (the top of the nail) that you will paint. Tip guides are little moon-shaped stickers that you can stick on the nails.
- Apply white polish to the tips of the nails by following the outline provided by the tip guide. Aside from white polish, an off white polish can also be used. Instead of using the standard liquid nail polish, you can also use a white nail polish pen. Allow the tips to dry completely before removing the tip guides. Because you are dealing with a sticker here, you want to make sure to be careful when pulling them off.
- Apply the top coat over the entire nail and allow it to dry. The top coat will make it so your manicure lasts longer. It will also protect the nail from chipping. If you don't have the patience to watch the top coat dry, why not go for a quick dry version.
French manicures are just one way to create nail art. There are many more things you can do right from home. Whenever you are giving or receiving a French manicure, make sure to see if the shades of the top coat are acceptable. You want them to resemble you own nail bed color as much as possible.