DIY: French Manicure

Nothing beats the classic look of a French manicure. Gone are the days when a manicure could only be possible within the walls of a salon. Why go to an expensive salon when you can just do it yourself at home for almost free? If you have never tried French manicure, now is the time!

Getting a French manicure is not as difficult as it seems. Just the right amount of preparation and materials required could do the job. You would just require the basic nail accessories and pale pink base and white polish. Here are a few steps to get a French manicure just by sitting inside your home.

Steps for French Manicure at home

Step 1: Cleaning your nails:

Cleaning your nailsIf you’re still wearing your old nail polish, clean it with an acetone-free nail polish remover as acetone can damage the nails. Make sure to clean it properly and no stains are left.


Step 2: Trimming and shaping your nails:Trimming and shaping your nails

Using a nail cutter and a filer, trim your nails to the desired length and shape. Don’t use the file with force. In this case you might want to keep the length long as French manicure looks great with long nail.

Step 3: Soaking the cuticles:

Soaking the cuticles

To have an authentic salon manicure experience, soak your hands in lukewarm water for five minutes and then dry with a towel. Get rid of the dirt underneath your nails and chip off any damaged or broken skin around the nail with small a small cutter or scissors. Push back your cuticles manually or using a cuticle pusher for elegance. You can give a little massage to your cuticles with cuticle oil to soften the area.

Step 4: Applying base polish:

Applying base polish Now that your nails are clean and ready to be painted, apply a thin base coat to all your nails and let it dry. Now choose a suitable base for French manicure preferably pale pink or cream. Apply it gently onto your nails in a typical fashion by stroking it downwards from the centre, left and then right. After drying, apply a second coat smoothly.

Step 5: Applying the white tips:

Applying the white tipsFor a neat lining of the white tips you can use nail guides or also the ends of a band-aid and stick near the edge of the nails. Apply the white polish horizontally in a gentle manner on the tips. Let it dry before applying the second coating.


Step 6: Finishing the manicure: Finishing the manicure

Remove the nail guides and secure the manicure by applying a final layer of the topcoat. You can also use a nail polish remover to clean off the extra polish outside the nail area to give a rich and elegant look.

By following these simple steps, you can give your nails the authentic feels of a French manicure. Thanks to the increasing number of styles and trends, French manicure is not confined to pale pink bases and white tips. You can try a variety of looks by choosing colours that you desire. Just follow the basic steps and create your own French manicure look!

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DIY: French Manicure Published on: October 26th, 2015 by Kanika Kothari

Kanika Kothari

A homemaker by choice, a marketing enthusiast and content curator by vocation, I believe in making things happen. After working in leading MNCs and media houses, I wanted to work for myself at my own pace. Working from home I still love to contribute in my own way. Writing to me is like thinking with my fingers.

4 thoughts on “DIY: French Manicure

  • November 7, 2015 at 8:07 am

    thnks for this one..

  • December 23, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    cool will try soon…:)

  • January 12, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Speaking of nails, biotin is your best friend. If you take biotin daily, it not only helps your hair to grow but nails too!

  • March 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Do you get white spots on your nails??? Because my dermatologist told me buffing your nails gives them white spots.


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