Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tips for DIY French Nails Newbies

Hello everyone! In case you don't know, I love getting french tips! Sadly, though, having a manicure in a nail salon every week is just too darn costly. And I'm no pro in doing it myself so I settle for doing solid colored nails instead. Recently, I got bored and decided to try french tips out for myself, which I haven't done so in a very long time. So I'd like to share a few tips on how to DIY french tips for the first time. That way you can use your salon money for something else instead :)

  • File your nails in a square shape instead of round. That way, you can use regular scotch tape (which draw on straight) or magic tape as a guide instead of french tip guides that can cost a pretty penny. On your thumb, though, you'll still have to create a bit of a curve after you remove the tame.
  • You can use only one piece of tape for both hands so you don't waste any tape. In my case, I just keep switching the tape from one side to another.
  • If you're really not confident with your nail polish skills, you can skip putting a base coat and a base color and just go to straight to painting the tips. After all, a french manicure normally means using a natural nail color. It also saves time since you don't have to wait for the nail polish to dry completely before sticking scotch tape to your nails.
  • Still not confident about painting your own tips? Use a glittery/shimmery polish instead. Glittery polishes are more forgiving than white matte polishes.
  • Finish off with a clear top coat.

So there you have it, easy-peazy french tips. In my case, I just filed my nails to a square-ish shape, used scotch tape as a guide to paint my nails with a holographic polish, clean away the excess polish with a cotton bud dipped in acetone, then finish off with a clear top coat! I was done in no time! And here is the end result:

Polishes used: China Glaze Sexagon, Caronia clear polish

Not bad for DIY if I do say so myself :)


Askmewhats said...

great tip!!!!

Crystal said...

thanks nikki!

Jenggay said...

Great tip! I'm a sucker for French tips mani eh so maybe I can try these minsan..hehe!

A newbie blogger and follower. Hope you can check mine too. :)


Crystal said...

thanks for following jenggay! i hope you get to try it out some time!

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