Things I love today: DIY french manicures

Things I love today: DIY french manicures

Nothing is more attractive on your nails than a well done french manicure. Especially if you have shorter fingers, like me. But going to the nail salon each week for an hour and forking over $20 doesn’t exactly fit into my lifestyle (or budget).

So a few years ago, I taught myself how to do french manicures. It’s surprisingly easy. Just pick up a Sally Hansen french manicure kit for $6 at the drug store. You can also buy the polish separately but it is almost always more expensive. Ditch the “sticker guides” and paint on the white tips by hand. It’s easier to get the lines straight if you are sitting at a table. A quick coat of an opaque polish and you’re set. It literally takes 15 minutes once you get the hang of it.

I’ve now got Jean, Margaret and Nicole all hooked on DIY french manicures too. I even prefer my own french manicures over those done in the salon. And with all that money you’ve freed up you can treat yourself to more spa pedicures!

Update: Apparently Jean was the original DIY french manicure guru. Props to Jean.

Update 2: Nicole also was doing her own french manicures way back in the day. I am a moron.

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  1. MissScientistSF at 5:42 pm

    umm.. i do believe I was doing this whole french manicure thing wayyy before you were. just to clarify.

  2. mrsem Author at 5:54 pm

    Nope. I just didn’t remember that until you reminded me. I posted an update. 🙂

  3. Anonymous at 6:37 pm

    I was doing DIY french manicures way back in college…way before you. I agree with Jean!

    I also recommend Avon’s french manicure kit. I think it is the best one on the market.

    I even remember back when you didn’t like french manicures and you made fun of me for mine 🙁 How quickly we forget.

  4. mrsem Author at 7:28 pm

    Okay, okay! Apparently I was the very last person to pick up on this! You are all geniuses!

  5. Anonymous at 7:40 pm

    u can make it up with another posting