Some say that French Manicures are a thing of the past – outdated and old.

We disagree.

To us, French Manicures signify something both timeless and classy – a nail polish trend that’s not going anywhere anytime soon because it works for just about anyone.

Plus, there are so many ways to customize a French Manicure to truly make it your own!

There’s a lot that goes into creating the perfect French Manicure, but we wanted to share a few of our favorite tips with you – just in case you’re looking to do a little DIY manicure on the side.


Tip #1 – Start with Clean, Filed Nails

It’s always a good idea to start things out properly – and when it comes to French Manicures, the best way to do this is by cleaning off the old nail polish and filing everything down so you have an even surface to start with. This will make everything much easier as you progress to the actual painting portion of the manicure.


Tip #2 – Don’t Trim Your Nails Too Short

If you can help it, try not to trim your nails too short when you’re about to do a French Manicure. The longer the nails, the more striking the manicure appears, so it’s in your best interest to take the time to grow them out – and take care of them – so that they’re healthy ad long when it’s time to paint.


Tip #3 – Soak Your Nails First

After filing and before painting, take a moment to soak your nails in a bowl of warm water, oil or even whole milk. Not only will this help to moisturize your hands and nails, but it’ll also make it easier to push back your cuticles a bit before you begin the manicure. Plus, it’s like a little mini spa for your hands!


Tip #4 – Start with the Base Coat

Before applying the white tips, start off with a neural base coat to cover your entire nail. Popular choices for this step usually include pale pink, cream or even clear colors – just go with whatever works best for your particular manicure. This is also where you can get a little more creative-  but more on that in a minute.


Tip #5 – Paint the Tips

Traditionally, the nail tips are white in French Manicures. However, here’s another place you can get creative by adding a bit of color. Try to paint just the tips of your nails (you can use a painter’s tape to help section this area off if you’re nervous) and when you’re finished, remember to go over everything with a coat of clear polish to create a smooth finish.


Fun with French Manicures

If traditional manicures aren’t really your thing, give some of these non-traditional, slightly funky French Manicure inspired ideas a try:


Blue French Tips 

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Purple Sparkles 

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Backwards Tips 

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Metallic Silver 

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Pink and Black

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