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Like so many other girls, I have the need to feel pampered and to look especially nice on certain occasions. One way to gain that classic, elegant look a a french manicure.

There are many types of French Manicures, just Google and you will come up with many different styles. One thing remains the same though, a thin stripe usually near the end of the tip.

And as I'm sure most girls will agree, although it is great to sit back and relax while someone else does your nails, we don't always have the time to schedule an appointment or even the money to pay for said appointment.

So after careful watching of how the pros do it, and a lot a practice, I present the Do-it-yourself French Manicure.
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Step 1: Matierials

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You will need the following:

- Nail file
- Nail polish, Color A, for the tip (I will be using white)
- Nail polish, Color B, for the rest of the nail (usually a nude or slightly pink color, I will be using clear because other colors make my skin look as if I am ill)
- Clear nail polish for the top coat
- Nail guides, or tapes (can be found in any drug store or supermarket, just look in the pharmacy section near the nail polish)
- Nail polish remover (for mess ups)
- small brush (for those who dare to go free-hand, I use an old eye makeup brush, not used of course)
- patience

Step 2: Prep

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First and foremost wash your hands, giving yourself a gentle massage if desired, this will help you relax and get more of that spa feel.

Remove any nail polish already on your hands, this will give you a clean work surface.

Trim and file your nails. For a natural look, the side of your nails, as well as the tip of your nail should be straight, with a gentle curve connecting the two. Almost as if you were mirroring your cuticle line.

Wash your hands again to get rid of any residue left by filing your nails.

Hi, tnx for your instructable! Maybe you can help me with something: I have nice nails, clean them daily, but... I think the 'white' of my fingernails always looks a bit grey. Do you know how I can whiten them naturally? I tried baking soda, but not satisfied with the results yet. Any ideas?

PeterN18 months ago

Thank you! I always wanted to know how since I always see it used with white nail polish and I just got white nail polish!