We’ve all been painting our nails since the grade school slumber party days, but a good French manicure is one nail trick that seems almost impossible to master at home.
Yes, nail art is still a popular trend, but a back-to-basics look is just as stunning. If you too are addicted to sleek and chic French-manicured nails — that can end up costing you with monthly touch-ups at the salon — then you’re in for a treat.
Remove the Old Polish
First, wash hands and remove old nail polish with an acetone-free polish remover if you have a light shade or an acetone remover for darker shades (acetones can be drying to the nails).
Use an orangewood stick with the end covered in cotton and dipped in nail polish remover for the edges if needed.
Clip Your Nails
The trendy nail shape of the moment is a “squoval” meaning not square nor oval. Long, squared nails that look fake can be tacky and super square nails can look dated.
To get the perfect squoval, clip your nails straight across. Grab a file and file in one direction so the corners are slightly rounded.
Prep Your Nails
If you get your nails professionally done, you’ll notice how much prep work goes in before the paint goes on.
With a little practice, you’ll be doing this easy at-home French mani in your sleep: