Nail Polish (make a French Manicure yourself)

1-Prepare the Nails 
                         Remove old nail polish and file your nails into shape. 

2-Soak Nails 

                     Soak your nails in warm water to soften the cuticles.


 3-Prepare the Cuticle 
                                        Gently push the cuticles back using an orange stick. The first time you do this, you may have a lot of cuticle. You can remove them by applying cuticle remover. 

  4-Apply Cream 
                             Apply hand cream to the nails and rub them in. Leave on for 2-3 minutes. Wipes nails with facial tissue to remove excess.

 5-Apply Basecoat
                           Apply a clear basecoat & leave to dry.


 6-Paint Nail 
                         Using a neutral, pale shade that matches the natural color of the nail bed, paint the nails. Leave to dry. Wait 2 minutes, then re-apply. 

7-Paint Tips 

                         Paint the naturally white tip of the nail with an opaque white or beige polish. In traditional French manicures, this white strip is straight across the nail, however, if you let the polish curve with your natural nail, your nails will appear longer. 


8-Finish Off With Clear Polish 
                                                  You'll want to finish off the nail with a coat of clear polish. This will protect the layers underneath.


  9-Clean Up Errors
                                          Using an orangewood stick wrapped in a wisp of cotton moistened with remover, clean up any errors around the nail.  


10-Let 'Em Dry It will take a good 20 minutes before your nails are safe enough to do small things (meaning: use the pads of your fingers only). Wait a full hour before really using your hands. 

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