How to Apply a French Manicure

A French Manicure is a classy style that never seems to be outdated. It is not difficult to apply your own French Manicure, as long as you have a few tools. You will need a nail file, cuticle scissors, nail oil and a high-quality clear coat that is both a top and bottom coat. Purchase the best brand of white fingernail polish that you can afford. Preparing your nails for the French Manicure will give you professional results. Keep in mind that it takes a little practice before your results will look professional. Don’t give up until you have mastered the following techniques.

Preparing Your Nails

Start off by giving yourself a manicure. Remove your fingernail polish before getting started. Let your nails soak in soapy water for two or three minutes. Completely dry the nails with a soft towel. Next, apply nail oil to all ten nails. Rub the oil in while massaging the nails. Remove the excess oil with a soft towel.

Removing the Cuticle

Take care when trying to remove the excess skin around your nail bed. You can use cuticle scissors if you are careful. Otherwise, use a liquid cuticle remover that can be found at your nearest retail or drugstore. Use a cuticle stick to remove excess skin before using the scissors. You can also purchase a battery operated manicure system that will include a cuticle wheel that makes it easier to remove the cuticle.

Shaping Your Nails

Determine whether you want to file your nails in a square, round or oval shape. Use a good nail shaper that you can buy at a beauty supply store. File your nails in one direction so you don’t leave ridges. Follow this up with a nail buffer that can also be purchased at a beauty supply store. Buff your nails in one direction. This will make your nails smoother and your polish will go on much better.

Applying the French Manicure

The first step is to apply your base coat on all nails. Let your nails dry for a few minutes. Brush the white nail polish on the tips of the nails. Don’t worry about a straight line at this stage of the process. You will make your perfect line later using cotton swabs and nail polish remover. Apply two coats of white nail polish to the tips, and let dry in between coats. Take out 10 cotton swabs and fill a very small container with polish remover.

You can use a water bottle cap or something similar in size. Put the cotton swab in the polish remover and saturate the swab. Start with your small finger on your right hand. Rub the cotton swab across the area where you want the straight line. This will take a little practice, but you will be surprised at how easy it is to achieve a perfectly straight line. You can also buy a nail brush to achieve the same straight line. Let the edges of your line be slightly curved.

Repeat on the rest of your nails until you have achieved a satisfactory look. Apply two coats of top coat while letting your nails dry in between. When you are finished, you will need to let your nails completely dry before touching anything. Complete nail drying can take up to 30 minutes. Consider purchasing a nail dryer found at your local beauty store if you are impatient. That is all there is to make your nails look like they were done in a salon. Care for your nails by giving yourself a manicure once each week. You can experiment with different nail colors and styles. The method for achieving a French Manicure can be mastered after just a few practice sessions. If you are not happy with your results, take your polish completely off and start again.

Keep in mind that professional manicurist get lots of practice before they have paying clients. Eat a diet that is rich in protein if you have brittle nails. If you bite your nails, then consider buying a product that you apply to your nails that will help you stop that habit. Beautiful nails will make your hands look much younger than hands without fingernail polish.