How to Design French Nail Tips

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When you design French nail tips you must consider the curve of the "smile line" where the tip meets the nail bed as well as the desired coloration of the nail bed and tip. Learn your French nail design options in this free video on nail art and manicures.

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I'm Amy Hamilton-Weldon, Oakwood Nail Spa, Raleigh, North Carolina, and we're going to talk about French nail designs. First step is to apply, apply base coat. Base coat is always a good idea; it makes the polish go on smoother, holds it to your nail better. So, it has lots of other purposes than just protect your nail from, from turning yellow. The line in between the tip and your nail bed is called the smile line 'cause you want it to slightly be smiling. You don't want it to be straight across, that looks kind of dead. It's, it's not how the natural line is. It's, it's a smile line. And you want to go right up to the smile line. Now, if you're going to get your nails done and you're not going to come back for three weeks, I might go past that point a little bit to give you some growing room, so that when you grow your, your line, your smile line that we've painted on is here and you can still see the line because you've grown out a little bit. Now, this is off line. Some people like the French manicure, but, they don't like the stark white look of the, the white white tips. So, this is a little more natural looking; looks more like the color of your real nails and this is a natural polish to make the, your nail bed look rosy and pink and healthy. And we put this over and it does change the, the color of the tip slightly; not a lot. Okay, those were just some basic tips; but, you should always consult a nail professional.

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