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Foolproof DIY Black-Tipped French Manicure

02/25/2014 40 Comments

Foolproof DIY Black-Tipped French Manicure

02/25/2014 40 Comments

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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.

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    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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    I like it!!!

  • CieraNicholle 02/25/2014 at 11:20 pm

    They turned out great

  • badkins5 02/25/2014 at 11:16 pm

    How simple! I love the idea… I wear black so often this is a great way to incorporate black on my nails without painting them entirely! LOVE

  • g.m.beloin 02/25/2014 at 9:15 pm

    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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  • LucyBre 02/25/2014 at 4:11 pm

    Why didn’t I think of this?!

  • Leah 02/25/2014 at 2:54 pm

    What are the curved stickers that you use to create the “tip”?

    • keiralennox 02/25/2014 at 4:37 pm

      They’re stickers made for using as a guide when painting on French tips. You can find them at most drugstores!

  • kleiderkraenzchen 02/25/2014 at 2:50 pm

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  • Amy 02/25/2014 at 2:13 pm

    so going to try this out.

  • pepperminting 02/25/2014 at 1:51 pm

    i LOVE ballet slippers by Essie!!

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  • sincerelykymberly 02/25/2014 at 12:17 pm

    I need to test this DIY out. I ALWAYS fail at creative manicures ;)

  • PigLove 02/25/2014 at 11:11 am

    This looks so cool. Must get mommy to try! XOXO – Bacon

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    So chic! I love the contrast black.

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