French tip nails are gaining popularity very fast and everyone seems to like this modern nail design. The design is characterized by sharp arch-shaped tips. It resembles the stiletto design but the French tips can be done on both long and short nails.
Bold color is usually painted on the edges so that the design of the nail is highlighted. The following is a step procedure on how to create the French tip nails design. Take a look and learn how to create yours.
1. Remove Any Nail Polish
This is a step in the preparation of your French tip nails. Use a polish remover to remove all the painting on your nails. Pay attention to the nail corners as they tend to be left out. If you are using the polish remover on acrylic nails ensure that you do not soak them for a long time as the nails may begin to come off.
It is important to note that it is not advisable to use a polish remover with acetone. This is because this chemical weakens and damages your nails. It can even dry your nails causing them to break.
2. Trim Your Nails
French tips work well for medium-length nails. This means that you might consider trimming the long nails but ensure that they are above your fingertips. Ensure that all nails are of the same length for an even look.
For acrylic French tip nails, ensure that they are well-trimmed before gluing them to your natural nails. This ensures that the glue does not come off when the nail is being trimmed.
3. File Your Nails
This is the part where you want to shape the tips the French way. Use a good file to gently smoothen the top of your nails. Make curved shapes on each of the nails such that the tips look like a crescent moon. This is usually the standard look for the French design.
Use a buffer to flatten your nail surface. Ensure that you do not push down your nail when filing as this can break your nails.
4. Soak The Nails
Place your well-trimmed and filed nails in a bowl of warm water. You can add milk or olive oil to help soften your cuticles. Soak for about five minutes so that the cuticle removal is easier. Remove the nails from the solution and dry them well using a towel.
5. Remove The Cuticles
Firstly, use a cuticle pusher to gently push the cuticles backward. This ensures that you create a larger surface for the nail polish. Some people might opt not to remove the cuticles as a small mistake can cause pain in the nail or even nail deformities.
However, if your cuticles are too large to ignore, ensure that you carefully trim them out for a more neat appearance. After the removal, add some massage oil to the nails and some rubbing alcohol for a smooth finish.
6. Apply Nail Polish
The most preferred base coat nail polish for a French design is either a nude pink, grey, or clear nail polish. Apply the polish from the cuticle or the base of your nails towards the tips. Allow the base coat to dry properly before you begin painting the other coat.
The second painting is done using white nail polish. Only the tips are usually painted. The white polish is used to create a crescent moon shape on the tips of your French tip nails. Ensure that the tips dry properly before you apply the top coat. You can use polish remover to trim any edges so that the shape is very neat.
Paint clear nail polish on the entire nail. This is usually done to prevent the polish from coming off quickly. The clear polish also helps to maintain a fresh look on your French tip nails even when the nail polish is old. Choose a high-quality clear top coat that does not come off easily especially after coming into contact with water. This will also reduce the cost of maintaining nail polish.