10 October 2008

What is a French Manicure?
This is like any normal manicure. The difference is the entire nail is painted with a base color and only the tips of the nail are colored with white polish. The nails are given a different shape that looks squarish rather than the conventional round shape. The entire coat is then covered with varnish. Nail art has sprung up to be very popular amongst most women today. Today, the creativity in nail art has reached new heights and French nail art is very much in vogue.

Nail art designs are highly suitable for nails that have undergone a French manicure as these provide a good base for nail art and are extended for longevity.

Nail Art Designs with French Manicure :
French nail art can be designed to look very stunning and can be the object of envy for others. Let us see some ways on how to achieve attractive nails to compliment to the outfits.
  • Choose from a glittery to a bejeweled look or even a textured style. Today, nail art includes the use of jewels on your nails to have sparkling nails for a formal do. Most salons experiment with small silver ringlets or similar jewelry when it comes to French nail art. All it requires is drilling a hole in the nail.
  • Try and experiment with different coloring techniques and paints to match with every occasion or theme. Some of the popular themes are jungle and animal themes.
  • French manicure nail art designs can also be use acrylic (weather its liquid and powder) or fiberglass and UV gels. There are ways where you can create permanent French manicure nail art designs with the help of dried flowers, glitters, acrylic shapes and bullion beads etc.
  • Some of the stones can also be used as stick-ons. There are plenty of readymade options available on the market. All you need to do is peel it off and stick it on.
  • There are also various airbrush techniques and colors blending options available. Another look that is gaining popularity is the reverse French tip. Here the white is used over the entire nail and the pink color in used on the tip. Another creative idea is the use of colored glitter on the tip.
Always ensure you follow all the instructions your salon may offer regarding nail care. This is primarily important when you experiment with nail art design and need to keep your nails maintained for a long period of time.

How to Give Yourself a French Manicure?
Steps :
  1. From daytime denim to evening elegance, the popular white-tipped look will never leave you wondering whether your polish complements your outfit.
  2. Pick up the tools at drugs store or beauty supply center : base/top coat, tip guide strips, neutral polish and white polish. Neutral polishes are very pale, sheer shades with a pink, beige or peach cast. Choose the kit which offer everything in one box.
  3. Clip, file and shape your nails. Tend to your cuticles, then wash and dry your nails completely. Apply the base/top coat and let it dry.
  4. Peel off a guide strip and affix it below the tip of a nail, following its natural curve. The guide will allow you to paint an even white tip with ease and precision.
  5. Decide where to place the guide strips based on the length of your nails. Usually, the longer the nail, the longer the white tip should be. Make sure that the arch of the guide is smooth and rounded and that the tip lengths are all relatively consistent.
  6. Paint each nail tip white, extending the brush stroke from the top of the guide to the end of the nail. Take care not to get any white polish on the body of the nail below the guide. Let the tips dry.
  7. Remove all the guides. Dissolve leftover adhesive by rubbing it gently with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.
  8. Apply two coats of the neutral polish, letting the first coat dry before the second application. Finish with a thin layer of base/top coat.

1 comments:

Kendy said...

Let me tell you some tips on how to give yourself a manicure. You can give yourself a professional manicure at home. All you need to do is search simple tools and tips of the professional manicurists use. Avoid using a seesaw motion. Push back cuticles. Use a cuticle moisturizer if they do not push back easily after soaking. Add a second coat for deeper color.Finish the manicure with a top coat of clear polish.

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