Saturday, July 17, 2010

First attempt at French








I tried a few times a free hand French Pedicure and it usually turns out nice, only because I am using my dominant hand to paint the smiley line. When it comes to my hands, I have never been able to draw uneventfully the smiley line on my dominant hand. While visiting Asami's blog I liked her simple and yet beautiful French Manicure, using guideline stickers; I wanted to give it a try.

First try: I used guideline stickers from Seche which I got from 8ty8beauty a while ago. I applied the base coat waited untill fully dried then placed neatly the guideline stickers. Painted the tips with Essie Blanc and waited half an hour before removing the stickers. The white smileys were perfect but but but some stickers removed the base coat, other left the glue on the nail :( . I removed all and started again.

Second try: I found in my stash guideline stickers from Orly. I applied them on bare nails and skipped the base coat. Used again Essie Blanc for the tips and 20 minutes later removed the stickers resulting in perfect smiley line :) . Started to apply the nude color Essie Happily Ever After on the right pinkie nail Ooops got a little of white streaking, had to wait for another 20 minutes until the white polish has fully dried up on all nails. Applied 2 coats of the Essie nude, waited for another half hour before applying Seche Vite to reduce the shrinking effect, etVoila. It looks very nice and elegant, and for both hands.

After two hours, and two attempts I thought enjoying the look of my first not so bad French Manicure so I did not venture into rhinestones or nail art but I will surely give it a try.

16 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks great! I never would guess from the photos that it was your first try. :)

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  2. A french is always class & natural, very elegant :)

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  3. Karen Thank you for your encouragements, I hope this is not just a beginner's good luck, I hope to succeed in more elaborate French designs. I also admit it is easier on longer fingernails which I rarely sport. My fingernails length now is an exception. In a week they will be much shorter :( In my day to day life I still need to show socially acceptable fingernails. I admit was so tempted to keep my French manicure for a couple of days, but I am not ready yet for some people's negative reactions. Hope to do it one day J

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  4. Tu as absolument raison, en effet "Français" c'est la classe et l'élégance. Dans le monde de la mode, la beauté et les objets de décorations, c'est la France qui prime. Cette manucure mérite bien son nom "French":)

    J’apprécie beaucoup ton commentaire et avoue être un grand admirateur des tes manucures et tes nail art, ils sont super

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  5. This is really beautiful, it's a shame you don't get to show off your hard work :(

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  6. Mari, thank you for your comment & compliment. Who knows perhaps one day, soon enough, it becomes very acceptable for males to show nice french manicures and other nail ornaments. In the mean time, I am happy to show off my nails on my blog and to few close friends / coworkers.

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  7. Those are not your own nails, are they? The shape is a shape of fake nails, how could have you succeeded to get your own nails looking like that (the shape!)?

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  8. Very cool blog!
    I´m your new follower... if you want, follow me too :-)
    My blog about nail art:
    http://veve-nails.blogspot.com/

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  9. This is very nicely done french good job! :) And thanks for adding my blog into your blogroll btw:) Oletko muuten suomalainen?:)

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  10. I give you a prize in my blog!

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  11. Looks perfect! Simple and of course, elegant!

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  12. Uau simples e charmosa!!! Beijos

    www.esmaltices.com.br

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  13. Wowowow! your hands look perfecto! Amazing first (second!) attempt at French. I'm a new follower :)

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  14. Simply perfection!!! Great job Kami!!!

    I'm like you, I've done my toes many times now but I've found I have to leave my fingers to the professionals,...lol!

    After reading about your success, now I'm thinking about giving it another go!!

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  15. I'd love to do french properly, you did a great job! xx

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