Foolproof DIY Black-Tipped French Manicure

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Inspiration: The Beauty Department

Base: Essie’s Ballet Slippers

Am I the only one who finds DIY French manicures impossibly difficult? Over the years, I’ve bought at least a dozen packs of these drugstore nail guide stickers to try to master the perfect clean tip, only to experience a dozen frustrating fails. The polish never peels off just right, you know?

Solution? Ditch the polish and draw the tip color with a permanent marker.

If you goof, you can carefully clean things up with a small brush and rubbing alcohol.

I’ve wanted to give this DIY mani a try for the longest, and I finally gave it a go last night. I couldn’t find a Sharpie around the house, but the permanent Bic number I scoured from the kitchen junk drawer did the job. Next time I think I’ll use a gold or silver Sharpie!

Note: I didn’t have much luck with a topcoat; the black smeared when I brushed the polish over it. The Beauty Department suggests a topcoat, so maybe be sure the marker is completely dry before applying or skip it altogether.

40 thoughts on “Foolproof DIY Black-Tipped French Manicure

  1. Wow, that’s a good idea! I can totally relate: all those DIY tape French Manicure nail videos on YouTube look SO easy, but they’re n-o-t. The nail polish never peels off right, just like you said!

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  2. Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I find
    It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

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  3. You can also use drafting dots (found at craft stores with the drawing supplies), they’re just like little painter’s tape dots used by architects!

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