5 Things You Need To Know About The French Manicure

Last updated 5th of August 2016

A Little Background

In 1975, Jeff Pink the founder and CEO of ORLY, had to come up with a style for Hollywood actors that was very versatile and suited anything the actor wore in between scenes. He found that the “The Natural Nail Look” was the best and met the requirements. It was much-loved by actors and movie directors alike, now having an extremely versatile nail style. French Nails exploded in popularity when Jeff Pink introduced the style to the fashion runways in Paris for fashion shows. Both fashion designers and models loved the style and in honor of the friends Jeff Pink made in Paris he renamed the “The Natural Nail Look” to the French Manicure.

The French Manicure is a very popular style that has had many names given to it. French Nails, French Tips, Pink and White Nails are all names that the french manicure is known by.The French Manicure is a classic and timeless style that has received much enthusiasm over the years. Far from being outdated, it is more popular than ever. You will find that at least one person in your social circle will be sporting this style.

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Why Choose the French Manicure

The french manicure is literally a just a pink base with white nail tips as shown in the picture below this paragraph. Hence one of the nicknames for the french manicure is pink and white nails. The point of french nails is that it is meant to look natural, more realistic and more durable than other artificial nails. French tips can be done in both acrylic or gel form. They are commonly done in gel form but normally when people refer to french nails they mean in acrylic form. If you want to more about acrylic or gel nails and their various benefits and draw backs click the linked texts above. What makes the French Manicure so fantastic and stylish is its great versatility with any fashion or clothing item. It will suit anything you wear and have in your wardrobe. If you don’t believe this let us know in the comments section below when the french manicure didn’t suit a certain style or anything you wore.

How to do a French Manicure

Normally when you go to your local nail salon to have a french manicure done there are two ways on how they apply them. The first method they use white plastic tips and glue them on your nails with clear acrylic. The second method which is more advanced and preferred is to literally ‘sculpt’ the white onto your nail. This is done by applying forms over your entire nail and uses the forms to sculpt the extension. No plastic white tips are used during this process and this method looks more realistic and is more durable. Make sure to ask your nail technician to do this method instead but make sure that your nail technician is advanced enough for this method as it does require a great deal of skill. You will find that nail technicians with little experience opting for the first method of gluing white plastic tips onto your nails. It is possible to save money and do a french manicure on your own at home. We will cover this in the next paragraph.

The method below will teach you how to do your own french manicure at home without having to go to the nail salon. This method is very easy and it is suggested that you have grown your nails out beforehand so that you have nail tips that you can color. Don’t worry if your nails are short at the moment, you can still do a french manicure if you really want to.

Things you will need:

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How to apply:

1. Make sure to remove any old nail polish on your nails. Use a nail polish remover and cotton ball to get rid of old nail polish.

2. Gently push your cuticles back with the cuticle pusher. Using your nail file shape your nails to your desired shape (round or square).

3. Buff your nails with the nail file making sure not to focus on a particular area. Make sure to go around the nail evenly. After you the nail feels smooth and even move on to the next step.

4. Now apply you base coat evenly on all your nails. Let it dry before moving on to the next step.

5. Cut the scotch tape to the shape of your nails and place it at the edge of the nail, leaving the area that is to be colored white clear.

If your going for a stark white tip apply the neutral coat first. Apply only one coat, the streakiness will even out as it dries. If you want a softer white  apply the neutral coat after you have painted on the white nail polish.

6. Now apply the white nail polish on your nail tips. Don’t worry about accidentally painting over the scotch tape. That is what its there for, to protect the rest of the nail from being painted over and help keep the white nail polish on only the tip of your nails. Wait for it to dry

7. Remove the scotch tape and apply the clear top coat on your nail for a glossy look. Let it dry.

And there you have it. Now you can enjoy your homemade french manicure and show off to all your friends. If your a visual learner the video below covers the same process as described above.

Maintaining your French Manicure

You will have to get your nails filled every two to three weeks if had them done at the nail salon. The time between each fill depends on whether your nails are acrylic or gel. You only need a new set once or twice every year.

If you did your french manicure using the method in this article simply use scotch tape again to shape the tip and paint white nail polish over it again and apply the clear top coat over it again. After a certain while you will have to redo the above process again. This depends on how you use your nails but the general rule is every two weeks to once a month.


For more information about french nails click here, here and here. I hope you found this article helpful. Let us know what you think in the comments section below. Don’t forget to share and like this page. Thank you!

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