French manicure can be confidently called the classic nail fashion. Despite the variety of modern types of design, it has not lost its relevance for many years. You can easily find a video about French manicure at home on the pages of our website.

Preparing nails

As with any other type of manicure, preliminary preparation is required here. We process the cuticle with standard actions and form the shape of the nail. French manicure dictates its own rules regarding the shape of the nails. It is believed that the square shape of the nail will look good on thin long fingers, the square shape with rounded corners is suitable for those who naturally have wide nails, the round shape is for short nails, and the oval shape is a universal option for everyone.

We create beauty

It is advisable to apply a base coat to your nails. This applies not only to this type of manicure, but also to everyone else. The base layer is designed to protect nails from harmful effects, and it also allows the varnish to lie more evenly. Dry.

Next, apply the main shade of varnish to the entire surface of the nail plate. As a rule, beige or peach shades are used, it all depends on your preference. You can apply two coats if you want a richer shade. Dry again.

Now it’s time to draw the jacket. The standard color is white. With a very thin brush, draw a “smile” along the edge of the pad and paint over the distance from it to the edge of the nail. If the main tone is bright, then it is better to apply two coats of white paint to the jacket. Do not put one thick layer, it may bubble up when drying.

If you are afraid to draw a French smile curve, you can use special strips that can be bought at any specialty store. Strips are glued to each nail at the distance you need, the area of ​​the jacket is painted over. You need to remove the strips after the paint has dried.
Finish with a clear nail polish. It will add shine to your manicure and prevent chipping, scratching and other damage to your jacket.

Custom design

Above we talked about the classic type of French manicure. But, as you know, progress does not stand still. Now in the world of nail art there are so many variations that it is simply impossible to tell about all of them. We will list the most common ones.


The first change that affected the French manicure was the flowers on the ring finger. You can draw them over the main background, no one forbids “climbing” on the jacket either. But here again it all depends on your preferences. You can select one nail with a pattern, or you can apply it to everything. As an option – halves of flowers along the edges of the nail plate.

Playing with color

This is just a game, and nothing else. At first, manicurists began to try to play with the color of the jacket. And it turned out, I must say, quite impressive. You can use any shade you want. Moreover, the jacket itself has already ceased to be strictly delineated. Blurred features appeared among fashion trends.

Also, a jacket can be made without the use of paint at all. To this end, take glitter or colored sand and spray onto the edge of the nail with a flat brush.

The changes also affected the main tone. Now you can see completely unexpected solutions. Nail art masters manage to combine things that are incompatible at first glance. Are we worse than you? Feel free to take out the entire stock of varnishes and start experimenting. Red base with black jacket? Why not?

In addition, you can create completely different designs on the fingers of one hand. And sometimes only one nail is distinguished with a different color, and sometimes they make each one different from the others.

Custom jacket

You can make the jacket rainbow. To do this, we first do a standard manicure. Then we take a varnish of a different color and draw a thin strip along the “smile” line. Below you can draw 2-3 more stripes. The colors of these stripes can be the same or different. Most often, two colors alternate.
Another option is an oblique jacket. It differs in that there is no “smile”. Instead, draw a beveled straight line from the corner of the nail to the opposite edge. You choose the angle of inclination yourself.

In conclusion, we traditionally apply cuticle oil. It cares for the skin around the nail and for the marigolds themselves.

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