DIY: French Manicure

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

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!

Steps:
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!

40 comments:

  1. Your nails look lovely! I'll have to try this when my nails are a bit longer xx

    ReplyDelete
  2. Your tips have come out great :)
    http://purelybeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yours are so neat! My tips always come out dodgy looking x

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hard as nails is amazing! It completely transformed my nails! Good job on the french manicure! They are so difficult to do, especially on the opposite hand!

    http://mylushbox.blogspot.co.uk/

    xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tell me about it! Doing the opposite hand is a killer!

      Delete
  5. lovely nails :) and they're still not chipped after two days. I may have to try out natural collection's nail polishes because they have a good range of colours and the prices of them are such a bargain! Thanks for sharing~x

    www.beautypicknmix.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I have overlooked the natural collection polishes many a time, as I couldnt believe that they would be any good considering they cost so little!

      Delete
  6. i think i might go and try this because yours look amazing and also very smart and sophisticated xx

    http://ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  7. I've had those two Natural Collection polishes for ages so I may have to give this a go. I've got such an unsteady hand though lol xoxo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Try it indeed! You can always take it off if it doesnt come out right! :) Good Luck!

      Delete
  8. I have attempted white tips so many times and i clearly do not have the patience or steady hand to be able to do them properly! I'm so jealous, they look beautiful xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am really NOT a patient person, so I was suprised by how well these turned out! haha :)

      Delete
  9. It's really cute! I am a bit of a nail art addict, but might give this a go one day! x

    ReplyDelete
  10. Your nails look so nice! I've got so many French manicure products and have never had the patience, definitely fancy giving it a go though! x

    ReplyDelete
  11. lovely blog
    We have a new blog www.2bytwin.com
    Wanna follow?

    ReplyDelete
  12. youve done its so perfectly :) awesome come and do mines anyday lol x

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow this looks great, thanks for the fab tutorial! My dad is amazing at French manicures, I should get him to do a post! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  14. your nails look so nice! I ma trying to grow my nails so that I can do this too! xx

    http://rosee-petals.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow you have a steady hand! Looks really good :) Where did you get the Hard as Nails from? I'm from Warwickshire too and I've been struggling to find it x

    http://raspberrydash.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh really?! Thats so cool, where abouts are you from? If you dont mind me asking!
      I bought it from a local market near Stratford Upon Avon, its a pretty grim market but you can find great bargains! It cost £1.99, which was a bargain. But they do still sell it in shops, although its in new packaging! :)

      Delete
  16. your nails look so nice! I love the natural collection nail polishes, I have a few now and thinking of getting these ones xo

    http://mademoisellecharlotteanne.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  17. If only I can get my nails to grow out and kick my nail biting habit :( This manicure is fabulous! One day ! ONE DAY! HA HA!

    Posted with Love,
    Jazz

    http://madewitluv.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no! I kicked my nail biting habit a while ago. I used to chew mine really badly, and my mum said to me that if I grew them she'd take me out to get a manicure (that never happened if I remember rightly!) But there is nothing better than having long nails! :)
      Why dont you try that nail polish that tastes disgusting? apparently it really works!
      http://oliviadollydaydream.blogspot.co.uk/

      Delete
  18. I love the natural collection nail polishes - they're so cheap as well :)

    ReplyDelete
  19. Great post! I love your blog^^

    blogg♥mfashionfreak
    giveaway♥mfashionfreak

    I'd love to follow you if you could do the same for me <3

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hey there! :)

    Thank you so much for commenting on my recent Blogpost! :)

    You now have a new follower! :)
    I find it very interessting to see which Products are available in the UK, because there are many I have never heard of before.

    Maybe you want to follow me back?? :)

    <3 :*
    Melli
    ps: Sry for my bad english /:

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thankyou for the comment on my blog, I love Carly Rae!! :)

    I also love the neutral colour you've used, I always find them too pink but this is just right.
    If only I could stop biting my nails long enough to paint them like this!!!

    xx
    http://astudentinscotland.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  22. Can't beat a good french manicure!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Perfect nails!I will definitely do it when my nails grow a bit.
    P.S. Congrats on your 1year anniversary!I'm new here, and I hope my blog will be that old one day!
    xo

    ReplyDelete
  24. Really nice blog! I'm following :)

    And I might have a go at these nails myself, going on holiday in a few days and want something simple!

    Thanks for your comment as well :) x

    ReplyDelete
  25. Your nails look amazing they make a satement but there not over the top. :)

    ReplyDelete
  26. Definitely trying out your steps, thanks very much! Love the look of a french manicure, they always make your hands look really clean and presentable :)

    lets-kiss-and-make-up.blogspot.com
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  27. Great idea i might need to try that love your blog!!!
    i just created a blog i would be thrille if you can visit and please leave a comment tell me what you think. if you would like to follow me i promise to follow you right back thank you. http://closet2fashion.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete



If you have any further questions please email me

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...