If you are like me, you have decided that getting your nails done is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon with the ladies. You may have also realized that it’s wicked expensive and that there MIGHT be a chance you can do that French Manicure at home and have it look *almost* as good as the professional version. If you have had this thought, then like me, you’re next question was probably, how do I go about learning how doing my own manicures at home. My first step was to go through Google and Pinterest and Instagram and find all the best tutorials that were broken down into steps with pictures that I could follow along. The great news is that there are a ton of bloggers and makeup artists and nail design artists that have great tutorial videos that will show you everything from how to paint your nails to how to get straight lines without guide strips.
The problem? There are also a lot of bad videos and suggestions that seem a lot easier than they actually are. What I found was that for every 5 tutorials I tried, I could only get manicure or pedicure results that were satisfactory 1 time. I got so frustrated with this that I decided I was going to find a bunch of manicures I could follow along with at home and share them so that yo wouldn’t have to waste your time with a bunch of deceptive tutorials. This particular article focuses on the french manicure and french nails with designs that I think are gorgeous, easy to pull off, and that you’re friends are going to love. I hope you enjoy!
1. DIY French Manicure – Scalloped French Nails
This scalloped French manicure is amazing. She takes a pearl head pin and dips it into white polish to create the circles (polka dots) at the end of her nail. She then connects them with a shin brush of white polish. As long as the rest of the nail is nude, then this looks really cool. After you finish, make sure to seal it with a top coat to make sure your amazing at home french manicure looks great for a few weeks. I love how subtle the pattern looks from far away but then it looks more intricate as you get closer. This is a great french manicure for short nails that you can use without having to get guide strips and working about straight lines and symmetry.
2. Perfect French Manicure At Home
This is a french manicure that you can do yourself that looks complicated but isn’t. The trick is to get yourself some striping tape. This is how the pro’s get those perfectly straight lines without error so we should take advantage of the same tools. If you are tired of the nude/white french nail design, then this is a cute nail design you can use to mix it up but still get that contrasting nail tip look.
3. French Nail Art With Unique Design- Yellow Bat-Nails
This nail art tutorial is great for expanding your mind to new possibilities. In this tutorial, she actually makes a little bat cutout from adhesive that she then lays over the nail to get the perfect bat silhouette. You can use this trick for all kinds of nail art designs; I’m thinking anchors, stars, stripes, letters, etc. She still gives a French manicure look by having the contrasting colors but instead of being separated by a line, they are separated by the shape from the cut out.
4. DIY French Manicure – Ombre Heart Tips
I love this unique take on the French manicure. As you have seen so far, you don’t have to stick with a straight line to define the contrasting colors of a French manicure. Instead, like in this tutorial, you can use different lines and recognizable shapes and patterns to give that French tip style but in a more subtle and original way. I think the red heart outline is beautiful and works great for a date or Valentine’s Day.
5. Halloween Stitches French Manicure
This are so cute!! Do I have to wait until Halloween to wear them? Absolutely not. You can use this french nails design to inspire all kinds of new ideas for the french manicure. When you do them at home, you can be as creative as you want and it doesn’t cost any extra money. I love that the nail tips are all varying colors and that they all contrast against a constant white nail bed. Great look!
6. French Nail Art At Home – Rhinestones
If you are looking to add some flair to your french manicure, this is a great way to do it. You start with your classic french tips and nude nail bed and then you add some gloss and finish the look with some rhinestones. The rhinestones are such a contrast to the faded french manicure that it really makes your nails pop and grabs the eye. Don’t overdo it with the rhinestones. One of the reasons these look so good on this at home manicure is that she sticks to a minimalist look that accentuates rather than floods the eye.
7. Intricate French Manicure Art At Home
Before you get all nervous, this intricate French manicure isn’t as hard as it looks! I promise! How does she get this look? She uses a stamp. This is a common trick that nail artists will use to get an intricate design that requires symmetry and super fine lines that brushes can accomplish. You paint the nail art stamp with the polish on a white base and you have yourself a super cute bit of nail art. I think that this design looks so much better with the intricate two toned French tip.
8. Tuxedo French Manicure You Can Do Yourself
I think this is a really great look that takes a few different nail art designs into consideration. First, there is the contrasting French tips from the black edges, but then there is the minimalist three dot pattern below on the nude nail bed. This immediately calls to mind the image of a tuxedo. Pair this look with Vampy lips and a Little Black Dress (LBD) and you have a somewhat ironic but classy look you can use at a formal event like Prom, Homecoming, or even the office.
9. How Do You Do A Manicure? Green Nail Art Tutorial
I absolutely love these. They’re an obvious choice for St. Patrick’s Day but they are also classy enough to be rocked year round. This is a look that definitely works better on long nails because that Gold line needs to be long enough to stand out. I love how instead of just the one contrasting line between the two shades of green at the nail tip, that line is connected and extended down to the end of the cuticle. The symmetry of the right angle and the off centeredness of the long gold line is a great look that I am going to be rocking this year. You can get these straight lines with guide strips or adhesives. Both are easy.
10. White and Silver French Mani Tutorial
This French manicure tutorial is a shout out to all my girls that love the traditional French manicure but that want a *small* change to give it some color. Enter the silver tips. This is a way to keep that nude/tan nail base but to add some flair that will catch eyes but won’t be too loud at a formal event. Lulu’s does a great job of explaining this one step by step and as always, don’t be afraid to use guide strips to get that perfect line.
11. DIY Chevron French Manicure With Roses Nail Art
Very pretty and very simple. I think the nude nail bed makes it so that these pattern isn’t too loud. If you added another color to get the French contrast, I think it would be too much but as it is, I think it works really well with a summer dress or on a Spring day.
12. Mint Leopard French Manicure Tutorial
13. Silver and Black French Tips Done At Home
14. Dotted French Manicure – Steps With Pictures
15. Nail Files: DIY Glitter Tipped Mani
16. DIY Cute Mustache French Manicure
17. Double French Manicure – How To French Manicure
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19. Simple and Elegant French Manicure
20. Nail Designs – French Manicure With Contrasting Tips
21. Do It Yourself Chevron French Tips
For some reason, I fell in love with this look. Normally I don’t do a bunch of glitter looks but when you use this stuff from Color Club, it mutes it just enough so that it’s not sparkly as much as it just catches some light. When both the tip and base are Chevron, I love that look together. And you can do this one at home super easily.
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24. China Pattern Manicure
25. Holiday Nail Art – French Nail Tips
26. Freehand French Manicure
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28. Polka Dot French Mani
29. Primp Tip: A New Twist On The French Manicure
30. Easy Polka Dot French Tips
31. Stiletto French Nail Art With Studs
32. Mani Monday: Gold and Black French Manicure
33. Rose Gold French Manicure
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35. Dotticure with French Tips on White
I hope you absolutely loved these French manicures that you can do yourself. I have become of a HUGE fan of French mani’s because the contrast of the nail tip and the nail bed just looks great to the eye. And now that you have seen that there are a lot of ways to mix up the look and get more variety, you should be able to keep yourself busy for months. Save this to Pinterest and Instagram for laters!