March 13, 2018

French Tips: Sticker/Band Aid Hack

It's such a struggle to do a perfect french tip manicure at home. I can freehand my left hand just fine, but my right nails are always an uneven mess. This is my favorite hack for getting that perfect clean line. The best part about this method is, you can buy these Self-Adhesive Paper Reinforcements just about everywhere, for practically nothing. Any rounded sticker will work for this. I sometimes use the edge of a small band-aid. In a pinch, I've used the stickers that come on fruit. :)

Things you can use as french tip guides

Supply list
Your Favorite Polish (Pictured: Sally Hansen Jade Jump)
Self-Adhesive Paper Reinforcements, Band Aids, or any Round Sticker
Nail Clean Up Brush or old Angled Makeup Brush
Acetone or Nail Polish Remover
Top Coat (I use Seche Vite)

Step One: Apply stickers to a clean nails. Make sure the adhesive is pressed down onto your nails. I rub the top with my thumb. Check the edge for wrinkles or lifting. I place all the stickers before I move on to step two. You don't want to smudge your polish fumbling with the stickers.

Step Two: Apply polish. Cream polishes work well and are classic. Fast drying is my favorite for french tips. It's best if you choose a one coat polish for this.

Step Three: Peel off the sticker while the polish is still wet. I paint one nail, pull of the sticker, and move on to the next.

Step Four: Dip your clean up brush in a little acetone or remover. Dab it on a paper towel. You want it to be wet but not dripping. Use the edge to gently wipe away any irregular spots. Clean up any polish that has flooded to your skin.

Top Coat and done!

You can buy French Tip Guides that come in all shapes. The method is the same with any sticker. I like the size and shape of the office supply stickers. I get a thousand for about ten U.S. dollars. That should last a lifetime of manicures... unless you have my kind of crazy :)

This is not an original idea. The pictures are mine and the steps are just my way of doing it. The idea has been going around as long as I can remember. I started using this method long before I started AbnormNailBehavior in 2012. I can't remember where I learned it, or I would give credit. It may have been my aunt that taught me. I'm posting this tutorial so that I can refer to the link in later posts. I find myself explaining these steps over and over. Most of you already know how to do this or have your own method for french. I'm looking out for those just starting their nail art adventure or looking for hacks that make it easier. If you have any fun hacks, or if I missed something, feel free to share in the comments.

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