Whoever said you have to spend a fortune in the salons to get your nails done, was bluffing! With such easy steps, tips, and tutorials, creating flawless French nail art designs at home is no big deal.
French tips give us a flawless charm with an elegant and timeless beauty! Whether you wish to be minimal extra, because why not? It is the intricacies that matter the most! French nail art designs are for every occasion, aren't they? You could be heading to a meeting at work, a presentation, or a beach vacation, French tips are simply the definition of perfection.
The first thing that you should do is collect, gather, and sort all the items that you are likely to need for your French tips. Once you begin to make the designs, there is no way you can go hunting for the things.
Hence here is a list that you should go through before you start-
- A nail filler is needed along with a nail buffer.
- Nude or light pink shade nail polish
- Base coat
- A tape
- Or, a French tip nail stencil.
- Top coat
- Some cuticle oil to enrich the skin around your nail bed.
- Some pointed cotton swabs and nail polish remover( acetone) to clean your nails.
Are you among the innovative lot? Do you enjoy doing creative projects on your own? Well, then you are looking at the right place. In the following columns, we will help you to design gorgeous French manicure tips at home. So join us onboard and learn to get this one done with sheer perfection.
The first and foremost thing that you need for your nails is to clean them up properly to create a smooth surface for the application of new nail paint. In the case of French tips, you need to be extra careful since nude shades are used for the nail bed and white for the tips. Any trace of color from before can ruin the look and effort of the design. Use a cotton swab dipped in acetone or nail remover solution to sweep across the nail bed!
This will help you to create a clear surface and remove any traces of colors. Although you can try out French nail art designs for any length or shape of nails, we would suggest you opt for almond-shaped, medium nails for best results. Short square nails also do justice to French tips! However, make sure there are no asymmetrical or rough edges as this can ruin the look completely for you.
Buffing is an integral part of French nail art and cannot be skipped at any cost. Unless you have a buffer in the house do not start with the process of making your nails. Purchase a high grit buffer and begin with the task. There is often a misconception which is quite well-known among everyone these days!
Buffing can remove layers of your nails! Such myths should be busted the moment you come across it. After all, buffing does not harm your nails. In fact, without buffing there is no point in doing French nail art designs. Unless you are buffing for too long with low grit, buffing is beneficial for preparing the nail bed to undergo the process of acquiring French tips.
Nail Art Process
Cuticles are often pushed back during any nail art process! However, before you do so, make sure that the cuticles are tender and soaked in cuticle oil. Otherwise, you might end up hurting yourself. Improper steps like being too harsh or careless with the cuticles can cause infection and pain too. Palms must be exfoliated with a gentle body scrub followed by the application of hand cream or some sort of moisturizer.
Dehydrate the nails once again with acetone so that the base coat can be applied. If the nail bed is too oily and slippery, the base coat will not be able to anchor to the nails.
We are already aware of the fact why base coats are applied. This provides a layer between your natural nail and the polish acting as a protection against any harmful chemicals. Plus, it also prevents any kind of stain that may occur on the surface of the nail due to the polishes.
Apply at least two layers of base coat and then allow them to dry off. Pull confident and swift strokes from the curricular region to the tip without hesitating. This creates a smooth look instead of bumpy edges and blotches on the surface. Never skip the base coat, no matter which design you do.
We already mentioned at the beginning of this article that you are likely to require nail tape. If you are not yet confident with your stroke, just just learning to do French tips then you should have tapes to follow a straight line. Even as an expert, we tend to make mistakes, so the best thing to do is use tape to measure a straight line and get your job done in a jiffy.
However, wait for the base coat to get fully dried before you move on to the next step of application of the tape. Otherwise what often happens is the base coat chips off with the tape as you remove it destroying your whole effort. A straight curvy line is obtained around the tip, leaving a thin space for the application of the white paint.
Paint The Tips of Your Nails
Now you can paint the tips of your nails without any hassle. The exposed end of the tip can be filled with any color that you prefer. Although some of us prefer to stick to white, there is no harm in being a little more dynamic and creative with nail art. Colorful French manicure tips are equally attractive and sometimes even more. You should always keep the doors of experimenting and creativity open when it comes to colors, beauty, and charm.
But for example, if you have opted for a tape-free method then here is a little tip that we have for you. Hold your brush fixed and rather roll your nails instead of doing the opposite. The results for the former are always more favorable than the latter. This will give you a nice curvy line. Always hold onto the brush between the thumb and the middle finger to get a firmer grip on it. The forefinger should be placed above the cap so that the polish does not dry off in the middle of the process.
A crescent shape is what you should opt for when it comes to white French tips. But the question remains, how to make your lines curvy and so precise? So let's find out how it is done. For this you will need a pointed cotton swab or even a fine nail art brush will do. This will help you add touches of white nail paint around the edges to give a curvy appearance on both sides.
Once the tips have been designed and you have offered sufficient time for them to dry off, now you can use a transparent sheer coat to cover your entire nail. This offers a sense of smoothness to your nails. A sheer pink shade is always useful to acquire a gorgeous and flawless finish even if you made tiny mistakes along the way. If you want to give a gorgeous and salon-like feel to your nails, then do not forget to include this step.
No manicure or French nail art is complete without a top coat. Since you want to give a glossy finish to your nails, you must have a top coat in hand. Sweep it across the nail bed with one clear and confident stroke. You may use a Q tip before cleaning up the edges in case any stray nail polish is left around the edges. You have put so much effort into designing these French tips and you would like to make them last longer, don't you? Well, so make sure you apply the top coat as a protective layer. This will keep the surface clean and prevent dirt and dust particles from sticking to the whites.
With that, your French tips will be ready in no time! As long as you follow these steps carefully, you don't have to bother about heading to the salon. That can be quite an expensive affair and you wouldn't like that, would you?
How much do salons charge for French tips?
Well, the cost of nail art can vary from one salon to another. But more or less, the price generally varies between $20-25. This is for regular polishes while for the gel, the price can range up to $45-50.
Based on the kind of service that you opt for and the designs that you make, it can get quite expensive for you! It is best that you stick to doing them at home where you can save up on your pocket.
This will not only help you to learn a new skill but also help you to keep your salon plans within budget. To make your French manicure last longer, avoid biting your nails or chipping them off, don't subject it to some chemicals, hot water, etc.
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