One of the hottest trends in nail is a metallic French manicure. While I’m not much for splurging on stuff I can do at home I took a trip to the Sally Beauty today to try to this myself!
What You’ll Need
- Fingernail clippers
- Nail file
- Cuticle pusher
- Cuticle clipper
- Nail buffer
- Base coat
- Nail polish color of your choice
- Metallic polish of your choice
- Clear coat
- ORLY French Tip Sticker Guides
1. Clean Up Nails
After removing old polish if necessary, trim your nails, push and clip the cuticles and use your file to smooth out each fingernail.
2. Apply Clear Base Coat
I like to do two even coats just to make sure the whole nail is covered
3. Apply Nail Polish Base Color
Since it’s fall I’m using OPI Magala Wine! Do 2-3 coats and allow to dry COMPLETELY (yes, this may take hours, days, years…)
4. Apply ORLY French Tip Guides
Try to apply these as uniformly as possible. Get out of the measuring tape if you need to. They apply pretty easily and are very forgiving if you need to reapply them (on completely dry nails that is). You should run a fingernail along the top edge to make sure it’s completely against the nail – this will give you a clean line.
5. Apply Metallic Tip Color
Apply two coats of the metallic tip color – making sure not to get it on too thick. Wait for it to dry COMPLETELY (again, hours, years..yada yada)
6. Carefully Remove ORLY French Tip Guides
Very, very carefully remove the guides when the metallic color is completely dry. I found that one slow, smooth motion did the trick and I ran into very few areas where it messed up the line by pulling up the paint.
7. Apply Top Coat
Do your two clear top coats. Let dry.
8. Take Pictures
To show your friends how awesome you are!
Overall, this was a pretty long process but I was pleased with the results! I think this is something that would be easier with a fast-drying nail polish or by utilizing some “make my nails dry faster” tricks. Doing one hand completely then the other might also increase your odds for successful metallic tips.
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