Skip Nav
Beauty News
This Scrub Is Like a Highlighter For Your Body
Celebrity Hair
20 Celebrity Coachella Looks That Will Inspire Your Summer Beauty Style
Beauty Trends
This Girl Used "Color Schemes" as Makeup Inspiration and the Results Are Mesmerizing

How to Do a French Manicure at Home

Easy Pointers For a Flawless French Manicure


French manicures are the polish jobs by which all others are judged, and whether you go traditional white and pink or try something more colorful, you can do this look at home. With a few good tips — pun intended — you can get salon-style results on your own. To find out how, just keep reading.

  • Use protection: If there's only one trick here that you actually use, it should be this one. Use Scotch tape, nail guides, or cut some donut-shaped stickers in half — whatever works for you. Also, make them slightly less sticky by pressing them on the back of your hands once or twice. That way they don't take any polish off with them.
  • Give it time: One of the most disappointing things is doing a great job with the tips and then accidentally ruining the whole shebang because the polish hadn't completely dried. So wait, wait, and then wait some more. It's worth knowing that your polish is really and truly set.
  • Go tip first: This isn't intuitive. (After all, it seems like the color at the ends of your nails should go "on top.") But starting at the tips of your nails makes the process faster, especially if you're not using a second color, just pink or clear topcoat. The obvious exception is when your nail bed shade is going to be darker or more opaque than the one you use on your tips.
  • Brighten up: Using a bright color on your nail beds gives your manicure an edge and makes it easier to see your lines.

Photo: Jennifer Graylock

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
fifthdaughter fifthdaughter 5 years
I love the coral and gold picture. So pretty!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I've been doing my own french manicure for like eight years now. You eventually get the hang of it to the point where you don't need the guides after a while. I actually hold the nail polish brush still and just rotate my finger.
Weed Nail Art Using Actual Marijuana
How to Accept Your Dark Circles
Girl Gives Pet Turtle a Manicure
Alien Nail Art Ideas
How to Get Rid of Hyperpigmentation
Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino Nail Art
Salon Tipping Etiquette: How Much to Tip
You Don't Look Your Age Compliment
Easter Egg Nail Art Ideas
Natural Ingredients For Skin Care Products

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds