Today, companies have caught on with the trend, providing helpful pedicure kits that come with nail guides to allow users to perform this technique, like a pro. The following steps provide an alternative to buying a French pedicure set, making it simple even for those who can't get their hands on one.
French Pedicure Steps
Things You'll Need
- Nail Polish (Nude, clear, and white (you can choose another color if you'd like)
- Paper tape
- Nail filer
- Nail buffer
- Tub of hot water
- Shower gel
- Bath salts
- Pumice stone/scrubber
- Cotton balls
- Nail polish remover (acetone)
- Soft cloth
- Cuticle cream
- Olive oil
First, remove existing traces of old nail polish, thoroughly cleaning the surface of your toenails and the ridges along either side. If it doesn't come off easily, apply a clear coat of nail polish over it and immediately wipe it away with acetone.
Use cuticle cream (leave it on for about 2 minutes before washing it off) right after, before cutting your nails to an appropriate length; don't cut it too short or you won't have enough area to work with.
Cut a strip of the paper tape with the pair of scissors. Hold the strip of tape horizontally, angling the scissors from the bottom-left corner and snipping it upwards in an arch-like fashion, until you reach the bottom-right end; get rid of what's left.
You should be holding a semicircle piece of tape, that's been cut away from the strip. It should resemble the curved end of a fingernail.
Place the arched piece of tape on your big toe, leaving the top of the nail exposed by a quarter of an inch. Stick it firmly into place before painting the exposed end of your toenail with the nail polish of your choice.
Do this for the rest of your shoes using the same piece of tape; the arch size doesn't matter as long as the curvy border is in place. If it loses its stickiness, cut another one out.