French Manicure

Prepare your hands and nails before applying nail polish. Rinse your hands with lukewarm water and dry thoroughly. One of the main causes of chapped hands is not drying them properly after washing.

File your nails. If they are brittle or tend to split, keep them flat across the top with smooth, rounded edges. When filing, move in one direction, from outer corner to center-sawing movements can damage the nail plate. Choose a nail file with a fine surface that glides over the nail. You get four excellent buffers in our Nine Piece Natural Nail Care Kit.

Coat hands in a layer of Professional Protective Hand Cream, to nourish and soften, then wrap in a warm towel and relax for 15 minutes. Unwrap, and gently push back cuticles using with the Extra Gentle Cuticle Minimizer orange stick. Never use cuticle clippers, as they can nick the skin. Rinse hands with warm water and dry thoroughly to remove any oil residue.

Apply one coat of Nail Rebuilding Protein over your entire nail and allow a couple of minutes to dry. This will help strengthen the nail by adhering protein. It will also level fine ridges and imperfections, leaving a smooth surface to apply polish.

For a square look, paint a straight line across the tips; for a rounded appearance, follow the curve of the nail; and to get a pointed style, paint in from each side to the center. When applying the Parisian Pink, lay your hand on a flat surface and keep the ball of your painting hand steady and keep the ball of your painting hand steady by resting it on the same surface. Apply the Nail Tip White above the crescent. Leave to dry.

Apply a coat of the Top Shield polish over the entire nail to seal the whitened tip and complete the look. Allow to dry. For extra shine and protection, apply a clear, glossy coat of No Chip Speed Dry.

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