Beauty Guru: DIY French manicure

Nail art, who would have thought that polishing your nails has become such an art form! The designs you can place on your nails are only limited by your imagination and maybe your artistic talent.

While I love all the designs, I have not stepped up polishing my nails to such ornate and elaborate designs. However, it is in my future to jazz up my sold color fingernail polish.

With that said, I thought I would start with a simple French manicure, which is one of my favorites. However, even the French manicure is not what it used to be. The French manicure of today is multicolored, may have sequins added, and even drawn on stripes or swirls.

The technique for this French manicure can be used on short or long nails.

Supplies Needed:

Base coat of your color

Paper reinforcements (you know those round stickers you put on punched holes on paper for reinforcement) or you can use round yard sale stickers.


Polish nails with your base coat and allow to dry thoroughly.

Apply the paper reinforcement on top of the nail leaving the nail tip exposed.

Paint the nail tip with the color of your choice. Apply with two light coats versus one heavy coat.

Remove the paper reinforcement when nail tip is dry.

What is nice about the round stickers is that they give you a nice wrap around edge on the nail versus a straight line. Additionally, you can use this technique and create pretty multi-colored half-moons at the base of the nail.

For those for those of us that do not have the patience or creativity for beautiful nail art, consider nail appliques. Sally Hansen has some wonderful designs and based on the reviews I have read they are long lasting, some claiming up to 12 days, and the application is simple. The downfall from most reviewers was the cost at about $9.00.

Lastly beautiful nails flaunting the latest designs start with well- manicured nails. Below are some steps on the proper way to do a manicure and achieve maximum growth.

  • Always file in one direction. You should start on the side of the nail above the fingertip and file in an upward motion. Do not file down into the sides as this weakens the nail and may cause ingrown nails.
  • Moisturize your nails and cuticles with a little almond or olive oil.
  • When the cuticles are softened gently push the cuticle back.
  • Lastly if your nails have ridges consider buffing out the ridges. There are buffing tools and products specifically for this purpose.

Well manicure fingernails whether or not they are boasting the latest design can add so much to improve the appearance of your hands.

Carol Belanger, a Yahoo! Shine Beauty Guru and author of 300+ Skin Care Recipes. Check out my skin care and hair care posts on my Shine Blog or visit Complete Skin Care Therapy for some simple and fun skin care recipes, hair care recipes and informative articles.