To do a French manicure, clip, file and soak the nails, apply moisturizer, apply a base coat, paint the nail tips white, and dry the nails. This 45-minute process requires nail clippers, a file, oil, water, a bowl, a towel, an orange stick, lotion, exfoliant, cuticle cream and nail polish.Continue Reading
Clip the nails straight across, and round the edges with a file. Move the file in one direction only to avoid tearing the nails.
Put warm water in a small bowl, and add several drops of jojoba or almond oil. Soak the nails for five minutes, then blot the hands with a towel.
Scrub the hands with exfoliating body polish, and rinse with warm running water. Apply moisturizer, and rub the hands together until the skin absorbs the product. Dip a cotton ball in water, wrap part of it around an orange stick, and gently push back the cuticles.
Apply a thin coat of light, neutral polish. Choose a shade that mimics the nail beds' natural hue. Wait two or three minutes, apply opaque white polish to the nail tips, and cover the nails with a clear base coat.
Dry the polish for at least 20 minutes.