How do you do a shellac French manicure?


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Doing a shellac French manicure is a simple process that takes several minutes depending on the skill of the person applying the manicure. In order to do a shellac French manicure, you need a shellac base coat, shellac nail polish in white and translucent nude colors, a UV nail lamp and an alcohol wipe.

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  1. Prepare your nails

    Thoroughly clean your nails before applying a shellac French manicure. Cut and file your nails if needed.

  2. Apply the base coat

    Starting at the base of the nail, brush on the base coat, moving the brush slowly up to the tip. Distribute a smooth layer of base coat across each nail. Before applying another coat, place your hands under the UV nail lamp for 2 minutes.

  3. Paint a straight thin line of white polish across the tip

    Open your bottle of shellac nail polish and trace a single thin line of white polish across the tip of the nail. Again, put your nails under the UV lamp for 2 minutes.

  4. Apply translucent nude nail polish

    Apply broad strokes of translucent nude nail polish starting at the base of the nail. Dry your nails under the lamp for 2 more minutes.

  5. Wipe fingers clean

    Use alcohol wipes to wipe around the edges of your freshly painted nails to remove nail polish residue, being careful not to harm the actual manicure.

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