French Manicure is said to have its origins in France, where it is used since the 18th century.
The classic French manicure is elegant and sophisticated, and it was THE look of the 90’s. With a white emphasized lace and a light pink lacquer on the nail, it always looked very neat and clean.
That’s why it’s great to see a revival! Now we know French manicure with the white tips, providing a pure, natural look. These days we see a new and very modern twist, with nail tips not being white, but painted in rainbow colors or glitter. It’s a lot of fun to experiment and mix and match – and with the proper tutorial it’s easy to DIY (see my membership site)!
Dip your nails in warm water and soak them for about 3 minutes. The skin will soften and you will be able to easily push your cuticles back, by using a cuticlepusher. Don’t push too far, otherwise the nail matrix (the cell layer of the nail root) could be damaged. Always disinfect your hands and nails with a sanitizer before doing your nails.
The typical look of the French manicure is the white nail tip, the rest of the nail remains in natural rosé. The nail tip is particularly distinctive due to its intense white, but it is also important that the nails are coated with gloss. In a way, French nails look like the high-class version of unpainted nails!
If your skin is tanned, try a beige varnish. The beige colour helps lengthening the fingers optically.
If you are a wintery type, a pale pink shade (rosé) will give your hands and nails a fresh look.
There are different approaches when it comes to French Manicure:
Cute and jazzy!
French Gel Nails: subtle and fashionable
On your wedding day you want to feel gorgeous and yet look and feel like yourself. So, if you are not really into nail art, you may opt for the simple and elegant French manicure.
Be aware that your hands and nails will get a lot of attention on your wedding day. There are going to be lots of people who want to see your ring, and your photographer will take many close-ups from your hands holding the bouquet, and holding your partner’s hands.
A few tips…..