What is a French manicure?

French manicure has been around for hundreds of years. No one knows how old this style of manicure is. However, French manicure, wherever it comes from, has impressive staying power. Many fashion experts have said that it is outdated, but women worldwide still stroll into salons and order this glamorous style. 

It goes seamlessly from work to cocktails to the red carpet. Plus, it fits with everything. If your nails are going to look okay, French manicures need a light touch and remarkable precision. It’s not a simple paint-and-go manicure, but with some practice, it’s doable. In this article, you will find some tips that will help you achieve great French-manicured nails.

How to apply a French manicure by yourself?

Set aside a little time if you’re going to do it at home. More than five minutes will be necessary. How much more depends on whether this is your first, but either way, the actions you’ll take are the same. Overall, it would be best to have the necessary instruments like cotton balls, nail polish remover, cuticle pusher and nail polish

Here you have some steps to follow:

  1. Remove the old polish: Start with a clean slate. Take off any signs of prior polish by using cotton balls and nail polish remover.
  2. Prepare your hands: Using a moisturizer, gently slather your palms and forearms. 
  3. Prepare your nails: Wipe off any extra moisturizer and softly press back the cuticles with a cuticle pusher until the pin is just partially framed. Take and shape the tips with your nail pad. To render a clean canvas, finish off with a simple buffing over the surface of the nails. Apply the base coat next. One coat of clear is going to do. If you prefer, making an extra-even surface can be followed by a ridge filler.
  4. Paint your nails: The order in which your colour and white are added depends on the look you’re looking for. You’ll add the neutral first for a stark-white tip. Add no more than one layer. As it gets dry, the streakiness also will out. Add the white end. You may use thin, sticky stencils or a white nail crayon to do this. Remember to add polish to that section of the nail. Repeat those steps if you want to smooth the white, then you apply the neutral over the white tip.
  5. Last step: A simple topcoat will give a polished look to the manicure. Once the polish is dried, then you can use your hands. You must be patient because the paint needs plenty of time to dry. You could also buy a particular machine that can dry your nails instantly with UV light. 

Why is it okay to do it at home?

This home manicure could save you money. For less than £20, you may purchase a set, and you will be able to put together your French manicure. But you might like to splurge on a pro job if you only want to get a pro job on your nails. At a French salon manicure, this usually runs for as much as £40.