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Tutorial: Goth French Manicure (Super Easy!)

Simple french manicures are my favourite way to do my nails. It let’s me change them up without suffocating my easily broken nails with a full coat. In the past I’ve used liquid nail polish to for this, but I’ve found nail strips to be the easiest way. Besides, they last really long and come in so many varieties.

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This photo was captured using my new light set up that was this years Christmas present.

You would have seen this tutorial coming if you follow my Facebook page. So, check it out guys! I post a lot of my amateur photography there.

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You will need:

Nail Polish Strips in your colour/pattern of choice. These weren’t my favourite pattern but they were on sale. I recommend Sally Hansen polish strips but they can be so pricey!
A Nail File
Scizzors (Optional)
Top Coat (Optional)

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First, size up a strip to the edge of your nail (and width!) to see if you need to cut it. I cut some of the larger nails so that I only had to open one half of the full package. And don’t forget to cut the line that sits closer to the cuticle in a more curved fashion to make it look more natural (because I forgot this!). Make sure that you have part of the tab left on each side, otherwise you won’t be able to follow the next step!

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Simple, using the tab remove all of the layers above the nail polish strips.

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When placing the tab just remember to cover the line that changes from the pink to the the lighter tip.

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The nail strip I was using was super long, so I reused the end for my smallest nail. This is optional.

After applying the strip to the nail I pull the edges to the underside of the nail tip, stretching them slightly to make sure they stick. Running them under the head of a hair drier helps to make them super adhesive as well.

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File the edges to remove all of the excess strip. After this I applied a top coat to keep everything smooth and keep it from chipping a little longer, but this isn’t necessary.

Lastly, enjoy!

Did you like the tutorial? What do you think of nail polish strips? Useful or nail-polish cop-out?

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6 Comments

  1. November 18, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    This is a wonderful idea! I have quite a new old boxes of nail stripes that aren't quite sticking as well, you've given me inspiration!

  2. November 18, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    Nice idea! I am going to try this!

  3. November 19, 2013 / 3:51 am

    I never thought I would use those nail sticker things. But this is a great idea, so maybe I will.

  4. November 20, 2013 / 11:29 pm

    Oh, very nice! 🙂 Have to try sometime, have'nt seen these kinds of nail-art-stuff anywhere tho. And my nail break easy too. -.- How do you keep them that long?

    • November 21, 2013 / 2:06 am

      I'm terrible with my nails. Usually I don't paint my nails at all and if I do I cut them really short first. They usually only break when I paint them or I'm doing lots of labour and traveling; on the flip side my nails grow so fast! So, I don't know if I can give any good tips that aren't "don't ever use your hands again". :3

  5. January 28, 2014 / 8:04 pm

    French manicure in Goth style – I never thought it could be this easy! I was thinking of black nail polish and white, then grey or purple for the tip. I haven't thought of using nail polish strips. It would probably look great because they come in different patterns and styles. Thanks for sharing! Beulah May @ BernardsSalonAndSpa.com

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