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7 Step do-it-yourself French manicure
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Want professional looking nails without spending a half day's pay in the salon? With some practice and a little patience, you can enjoy a fancy French manicure anytime you want for only the cost of your nail polish!

The pale pink base and bright white tips characterize the ever-popular French manicure, which is a common request at nail salons everywhere. (Even in France, where they're considered an American invention, this kind of mani is called "la French.")

Professional nail stylists may paint your nails alone or they may apply fake tips if you desire. Based on your personal preferences, a nail designer will give your nails a strengthening and conditioning workout prior to painting them.

If you get your nails done with fake tips, you may have to make a trip back to the salon to get your French tips "re-filled" when your nails have grown noticeably.
step-by-step tips

Keeping longer, healthy nails will be most conducive to sporting a French manicure. To complete your own French manicure, begin with the following steps to prepare your nails for the procedure:

Using a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover, wipe off any old nail polish prior to painting nails. Wash hands and soak in warm water for a few moments.

With an orangewood stick, gently push back the cuticles so they are all even with each other once the water has softened your skin.

With nail clippers, beauty scissors or a nail file, shape your nails evenly.

With a steady hand, carefully paint only the tip of each nail with a white hue. A second coat may be desirable, depending on the thickness and opaqueness of the polish. Allow polish to dry between coats.

Using a slightly transparent pink or nude color, paint the entire nail once the tips have dried. A second coat may be necessary. Allow nails to dry thoroughly.

Once all the coats have dried, apply a clear topcoat to protect your new French manicure. To lengthen the manicure's lifespan, make an effort to paint a clear coat on each night. Be sure it has ample time to dry completely.

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