How to: French Manicure and Pedicure

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Getting a professional French manicure and pedicure is always nice but if you want to save the pennies giving yourself a “salon perfect” at-home French mani/pedi is easier than you think…

Do you want to have that neat, classic look of French manicure or pedicure without breaking the budget? Try this step-by-step on how to create the perfect French manicure and pedicure yourself. It’s easy and if you follow these instructions you’ll be thrilled with the result!

What you need:

– Nail Polish Remover
– Nail file/buffer
– Toe dividers (for pedicure)
– Base Coat
– French Nude
– French White
– Top Coat
–  Nail Nourish

Step 1

Begin by removing any old nail polish with a cotton ball or pad saturated with nail polish remover.

Step 2

File your nails to the length and shape you are happy with.

Step 3

Buff the nails to remove any discoloration and to smooth the nail surface and wash and dry your hands to remove any residual oils from the skin and nails.

Step 4

Apply a base coat to the entire nail bed and allow to dry.

Step 5

For French tip, paint one steady stroke of French White across the top of the nail with a loaded brush. and allow to dry.  For best results keep the brush still and roll your nail instead.

Nb. Use a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover to remove any excess polish and ensure the white tip smooth and neat.  Allow the tip to dry completely.

Step 6

Apply a fine and even layer of the French Nude over the entire nail to soften the effect and give a more natural look.  Allow to dry and apply a second coat.

Step 7

Apply a top coat for extra shine and added protection. Applying top coat every second day will keep your French Mani and Pedi looking fresh and glossy.

Step 8

Once the nail polish is dry apply a few drops of Nail Nourish around the cuticles.  This will penetrate into the matrix of the nail where it’s growth originates and encourage faster and stronger growing nails as well as help to “set” the polish.  Apply several times a day for gorgeous, long, healthy nails.

Voila! Wasn’t that easy?

Did you know?

The French Manicure originated during the 1800’s and became a hit in French nail salons. During the 1920’s and 1930’s, French fashion drew the interests of very influential US fashion designers and this helped spread its popularity.


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As seen in Cosmopolitan, December 1936


In the TV and movie industry, producers we’re always on the lookout for a singular style that actresses could use regardless of any wardrobe. Once French Manicure was applied on set, the celebrities loved it so much they had it done off the set. This trend of course popularized the French Manicure to the masses and this craze went on until the 1930’s and continues to this day.

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