Video:How to Do a French Manicurewith Kathy Yan
A french manicure is a classic, elegant look, but you don't need to go to the salon to pull it off. Find out how to do a french manicure.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Do a French ManicureHi, I'm Kathy Yan, owner of Ohm Spa in New York City, here for About.com. We're going to show you how a French Manicure is done.
Tools for a French ManicureFor a French Manicure, the following tools will be needed: Nail clipper, cuticle pusher, cuticle nipper, two files, an orange stick, rubbing alcohol, polish remover, cotton balls, sanitizer, nail buffer, hot damp towel, soaking bowl, cuticle removal cream and cuticle moisturizer, hand lotion, base coat, top coat, nail lacquer, and paper towel.
Clean the Hands and NailsAsk the client to take off the watch and jewelry from his or her hands and place them in a small container. Sanitize the client's hands using an astringent or sanitizer, to remove contaminants, and rub briskly until absorbed. Remove existing nail enamel using a low-acetone or acetone-free polish remover and cotton balls.
Trim the NailsApply a small amount of cuticle remover cream and massage evenly around the cuticle of each nail, using a circular motion. Inspect the nails. Ask the client regarding their preference for nail length and shape. If necessary, trim the nail from the sides to prevent splitting.
File and Buff the NailFile the nail in one direction, in a 45 degree angle to the nail base. Then gently buff the nail plate with a buffing cube in the direction of nail growth and smooth the nail edges. Buff the fingernail until you are satisfied with its overall smoothness, but be careful to buff the nails gently.
Clean Up CuticlesIf necessary, soak the fingertips in warm water for five minutes to soften the hard and dry cuticles. Remove fingers from bowl and pat dry with a towel. Gently slide a cuticle pusher along the nail plate toward the cuticle area in a small, circular motion. Wipe off the dead skin with a lint-free pad and rubbing alcohol. If necessary, use a cuticle nipper to carefully remove the loosened cuticle as well as any loose pieces of non-living tissue.
Massage Lotion into HandsAdd a generous amount of hand lotion onto both the hands and arms, and massage until completely absorbed, always with an upward motion. This can help blood flow for healthier and younger looking hands. Lastly, wrap a hot towel around the hands and then reapply a little lotion afterward if needed.
Apply a Base CoatGently clean beneath free nail edges with an orange stick and rubbing alcohol. Remove nail residue on the nail bed with polish remover. For a French Manicure, apply one thin coat of base coat or strengthening base coat for those who have weaker or chipping nails. Make sure to paint slightly beneath free nail edges to prevent color chipping.
Paint Nails in French Manicure
Once polishing is complete, wipe off any polish mistakes on the surrounding skin precisely. Great job, Ada, on the French Manicure! It really does add an air of sophistication.
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