Most women today prefer the French manicure – an elegant look with a pale pink or nude base color and the whitest-white nail tips. This is always a popular choice due to its versatility. It looks great with almost any outfit for any occasion, from a casual night on the town to a black-tie wedding. As classy and sophisticated as this manicure looks, sometimes it can be a bit overpowering. If you’re looking for a more toned-down look that’s still pretty and simple, then consider getting an American manicure.
American manicures tend to resemble the French manicure but have a few slight differences. French manicures are very bold; as mentioned earlier, they are noted for their bright white tips. (Many compare this shade of white to that of white-out.) American manicures also start by using a pale shade of pink or a soft neutral color, but are finished by using an opaque white to paint the tips. Sometimes the tips are painted first in an American manicure, followed by the application of the pink or neutral shade over the top. The end result is a soft look that’s every bit of glamorous as it is simple.
First, make sure your nails are thoroughly cleansed and free of any previous polish. Remove any hangnails using nail scissors and follow-up by filing your nails to your desired length and shape. Next, apply a thin coat of your base color evenly and allow to dry. Then using your adhesive strips or stencil, paint your tips white and be sure they are dry before removing the strips or stencil. Paint a thin coat of clear polish over the entire nail and allow to dry. You should now have a beautiful American manicure!
Whether you choose to have your American manicure done by a professional or you do it yourself, you can never go wrong with this soft and simple look!