Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How to French Your Toenails

The title sounds gross, I admit, but I believe you will find this information is very helpful for your wallet!  After years of paying thirty bucks a pop so the lady at the nail salon will paint French tips on my toenails, I thought man, this is so expensive!  And stupid!  I mean, I could probably do this myself!

Below, I will show you exactly how the lady at the nail salon does it.  I will try to have a picture for every step of the way so you can see how to do it in detail.  (By the way, sorry if my gross toenails offend, I just want you to get the idea).

You will need:
- A bottle of 100% acetone (available at your local drug store)
- A bottle of white nail polish
- A bottle of top coat nail polish
- A bottle of nail bed color (it is by American Manicure, and I got mine from
- A small but dense brush
- Some rhinestones for decoration (optional)

To get that French manicure look on your toenails:
1.  Cut your toenails and clean them in preparation for the nail polish.
2.  Take the white nail polish and apply it to the tips of your toenails.  It doesn't have to be perfect.  In fact, it will look like a retarded person painted your toenails.  Just make sure that your tips are covered.  And make sure you do two coats.

3.  Take your small brush and dip it into the acetone.  Make sure you don't have too much acetone on your brush, maybe touch it to a paper towel once.  Then clean up your toenail tips.  Shape them to whatever thickness you would like your white tips to be.

4.  Take your nail bed color and apply it to just the pink part of your toenails.  This will make your toenails look cleaner and it will also make the line between the pink and white sharper.  Do not cover the white tips!

5.  After this has dried, cover all of your toenails, both the pink and white parts, with your top coat nail polish.
6.  If you would like to have rhinestones on your toenails, dab the end of a toothpick into your top coat nail polish, and place a dot of it onto your toenail.  Then grab a rhinestone with your toothpick (it should still be sticky) and place it onto that same dot of top coat on your toenail.  Repeat until you have the design that you want.  I just put three pink ones together below.

7.  To secure the rhinestones in place, I would highly suggest you do another top coat over your entire toenail, making sure to cover all the rhinestones.

And that's it, you should have a nice set of French tip toenails!  Yay!  You can't really tell from the picture below, but my toenails are nice and shiny.  Hope this helps!

Geneys  :o)


Sara said...

so cute! I can testify this really works! :P

LOLanne said...

oooooh it turned out quite nicely!! the acetone "technique" is genius!! i'm definitely going to try this :)

DANA said...

OH HEY That turned out really nice!! =) I'll try that sometime later for sure!

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