The French manicure is a technique that women have been emulating for years. It is a classic look that can make your nails look longer and healthier than they actually are and therefore, women can spend thousands of dollars over their lifetimes to have their nails professionally done. However, it is easy to do a perfect French manicure at home, once you are familiar with the process. This is a classic and classy way to do your nails. If your first attempt is not a huge success, don't give up. It took me about three or four times to get it looking the same way it did in a salon, but after that it was easy and I now love this look. Use these simple tips to achieve the ultimate French manicure.
What Are the Best Options?
There are different ways to do this at home, but the one that is probably easiest for a beginner is to use guides. These may be sold alone, or in a kit with the colors of polish that you need, but in essence, they function as a pattern for your nails. By closely paying attention to the guides that place on your nails, your nails will be uniform and assuming that your nails are all about the same length, you are sure to love the results.
You can also use tape to create the lines you will be filling in. Typically, a French manicure is done using shades of buff or light pink, and white or ivory, but other colors have been used with great success. Remember, the tips get a lighter color and after drying, it is safe to apply the slightly darker shade over the entire nail. When making your own guides, small pieces of tape or even post-it notes can work to clearly define the lines.
In addition, once you are familiar with the process, you will know where to start and stop with each shade. Obviously, you will still need to file and trim your nails as necessary, to guarantee that their length is still appropriate. Always be sure to maintain or smooth your nails before you apply the first coat of polish. With these super simple tips, you can achieve the ultimate French manicure. The key is to select the right colors or kits, and creating clean lines for an overall decorative nail art trend.