I always love french manicures because they look so clean. I always use the Revlon Post Trauma treatment as a base because it is the most natural healthy pink tone I’ve ever found to cover up the yellowish stain on my nails from the dark polishes I wear.
If I’m lucky and my nails aren’t stained at the time, I’ll do the method where you just paint white on the tips and use the brush with polish remover to make the smile line perfect and clean, which is SO much easier and faster.
Most of the time I’m not so lucky and have to do this method… I’ll do my base coat of Nail Tek hydrating 3 or Citra 3, then the Revlon Post Trauma for the pink. I let it dry for a while or I use the Color Club Vivid Top coat which is fast drying hard top that is much thinner than Seche Vite. Then I use those sticky nail guides on top of the pink to make the white tip.
Those are the only two methods that work for me personally!
This time I stamped the little vine with Konad Black Pearl and used the dotting tool to make that berry glittery dot with LA Splash Glitz & Berry, which is SUCH an awesome glitter polish! 🙂
Everyone kind of has different french manicure methods, so tell me yours! Some people freak out about putting those sticker guides over the pink polish, but as long as you let it dry completely or use a fast drying hard plasticy coat like Seche Vite or Vivid, it really never causes a problem! I just don’t like using the Seche Vite in the middle layers because its so thick and I don’t like thick blobby nails at the end… I prefer to put the Seche Vite on last just to protect the stamped design and dot!
Some people like to make the white tip with the brush and then fill in the bottom with pink. I do NOT know how to do that. haha! I can’t just fill in the bottom with pink and not get it on the white or make it look weird, so I gave up that idea.