How To Get A French Manicure
It's essential to prepare your hands and nails before
applying nail polish. First, exfoliate your hands by massaging them
using a small amount of body scrub. Rinse with water and dry
thoroughly. One of the main causes of chapped hands is not drying them
properly after washing.
File your nails. If they are brittle or tend to split,
keep them flat across the top with smooth, rounded edges. When filing,
move in one direction, from outer corner to centre-sawing movements can
damage the nail plate. Choose a nail file with a fine surface that
glides over the nail.
Coat hands in a layer of sweet almond oil, to norish
and soften, then wrap in a warm towel and relax for 15 minutes. Unwrap,
and gently push back cuticles using a rubber hoof stick (available from
most chemists). Never use cuticle clippers, as they can nick the skin.
Rinse hands with warm water and dry thoroughly to remove any oil
Apply one coat of base coat over your entire nail and
allow a couple of minutes to dry. This will help strengthen the nail.
Some products also level fine ridges and imperfections, leaving a
smooth surface to apply polish. There's a wide range of base coats to
For a square look, paint a straight line across the
tips; for a rounded appearance, follow the curve of the nail; and to
get a pointed style, paint in from each side to the centre. Some
manicure kits include sticky strips to use as a guide. when applying,
lay your hand on a flat surface and keep the ball of your painting hand
steady and keep the ball of your painting hand steady by resting it on
the same surface. Leave to dry.
Finally, apply a coat of translucent shell-pink polish
over the entire nail to seal the whitened tip and complete the look.
Allow 10 minutes for it to dry. For extra shine and protection, apply a
clear, glossy top coat.