Products Used: Natural Collection White Tip, Sally Hansen Hard as Nails, Natural Collection Peach Manicure, Barry M Base and Top Coat
I was inspired to try this myself after watching FleurDeForce's DIY manicure video, she made it look so easy, so I thought I would give it a go. I have tried a few times before to do a DIY french manicure, but i've never managed it, but I am so pleased with the results, I have had the 'manicure' for about 2 days now, and so far my nails havent even chipped!
1. Apply a nail hardener, or basecoat, I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails. This makes the manicure last longer, and also creates a smooth, even base. I also find that using a basecoat makes the nails glossier. Wait for this to dry.
2. Apply a pink manicure colour, I used Natural Collection's Peach Manicure, I had to apply several coats as I used a rather cheap polish. Other alternatives are Essie's Pop Art Pink, OPI Bubble Bath, Revlon Pink Nude or Rimmell Oyster Pink. Wait for this to dry, and apply two coats if need be!
3. Apply a top coat, I used Barry M's Top Coat just to lock in the pink manicure colour. Again, the top coat creates a glossy cover over the manicure. Again, wait for this to dry!
4. Apply the white tip colour, I used another colour from Natural Collection, which is a simple white tip colour. I personally find it to be a really good white tip, and would reccomend it even though it is very cheap in comparison with many other white tip colours out there! Simply hold the brush at one end of the nail tip, and steadily drag it across the nail tip, until you reach the other side! You can even up the sides by starting again from the other side of the nail. OR if you find this difficult, you can always use the manicure nail stickers. Make it how thick or thin you wish, however make sure that you make each white tip the same size! and then, wait for it to dry, this may take a while, BE PATIENT!
5. (optional) Apply again a nail hardener, or specialist nail polish to strengthen the nails and the manicure. And, you guessed it, wait for this to dry, as you've already applied a lot of layers, this drying may take longer than you think, so be careful!
6. Apply your topcoat, this makes your manicure last longer and also makes your nails look glossier, make sure you apply the topcoat all the way up to the tips and under the nails the other side. And, wait for it to dry, again it may take quite a while to dry as its applied over a lot of other nail polish layers, be patient and dont ruin all your hard work!
So, there you have it! A DIY manicure in 6 simple steps! If you do it, and blog about it, leave a link in the comments I would love to know how it worked for you!