Commonly known as French nails or French manicure, the tips of the fingernails are white and the nail bed or base is pink in color. The white tip is made of plastic which is glued on the actual nail, and then covered with acrylic powder or gel. But instead of visiting a salon, you can easily apply the pink and white nails at home.
As you read through the article below, you will see how easy and gorgeous this manicure style is. Being one of the most commonly requested manicures at nail salons, you can choose to either visit your favorite salon for the procedure, or learn the steps on doing it yourself here.
Applying Acrylic Nails
- Acetone nail polish remover
- Nail buffer (square block)
- Polar block buffer
- Nail cutter or Scissors
- Cuticle pusher
- Nail tips' set
- Nail glue
- Acrylic liquid
- Powdered acrylic, pink
- Nail file
- Clear nail polish
First of all, apply the acetone nail polish remove over the nails. Even if you don't have any nail polish on, apply over your nails regardless. This will help remove any oil and dirt from the nails.
Trim and file your nails short as we will be applying the acrylic nail set over the original nails. Next, take a bowl of lukewarm water and dip your fingers in it for 10 minutes. Remove your fingers from the water and pat them dry.
With a cuticle pusher, start to push back the cuticles on each finger. Make sure you are not too harsh or else you will hurt yourself. You really don't want the acetone or powdered acrylic going inside the wound.
Bring the nail tips set on your workstation to find the perfect matches for all the fingers. Place the sizes over the nails to see if they thoroughly cover the entire tip of the nails. Once you get the tips ready, apply only the tips with a 5 second nail glue. Place the tips over the nails matching them properly. Press on the tips and don't let go till you feel they are attached properly.
With the nail cutter or scissors, trim the extensions to the length you desire.
Using a filer, properly file the nails in the shape you want. Make sure you keep the length and shape of each nail similar. Now open the acrylic liquid and pour some in a small glass bowl.
Dip the brush in the liquid and before you take the brush out, remove excess liquid by rubbing the brush on the corner of the bowl. Gently, dip the brush in the pink acrylic powder. Apply the ball of pink acrylic powder as close to the cuticle as possible. Gently pat the ball with the brush and smear it over the nail making it as flat as you can. If you need more powder, follow the steps again by wetting the brush in the liquid and then take the powder. Spread the powder over the nails as if you are applying a nail polish.
With the polar block buffer or the nail buffing machine, buff the entire nail till you feel they smooth all the way around.
Next use the square nail buffer or brush to give your nails a super-fine finish. Wash your hands under cold water and dry them under the fan. If you left any spot, use the buffer to give a more finer look.
Wash your hands again after that and apply a clear nail polish to make them shine.
Finally, as an option, you can apply white nail polish on the tips.
Removing the Nails
- Place a towel on the table, and pour acetone nail polish remover in a bowl.
- Apply a generous coat of petroleum jelly on your fingertips and cuticles, but leave the nails bare.
- Now soak your fingertips in the bowl filled with acetone. Only dip your nails in the acetone, and not your fingers.
- Remove your nails from the bowl after 15 minutes, and use the cuticle stick to gently scrape the acrylic away.
- The acrylic should be easily scraped off from the surface. If not, then dip your nails in the bowl again.
- You can also soak a towel in acetone, and try to wipe the acrylic as well.
- Wash your hands once the acrylic is gone. Air-dry your hands, and use the buffer to smooth away any leftover acrylic bits.
- Be very gentle while you remove the surface of the nail. Apply generous amounts of moisturizer to cover you palms and fingers to soothe them.
Besides the two nail extensions mentioned above, there is another product that gives you similar results, solar nails. They look exactly like the acrylic nails, but are not called extensions as such. Solar nails are applied directly over your natural nails by the technician, first brushing the white part and then applying the pink acrylic part. They last longer and don't chip, unlike these acrylic or gel nails. After buffing the nails, your French manicure is ready.