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 :)