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.

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40 Comments

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    Posted 6.12.14 Reply
  3. Grace wrote:

    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!

    Posted 5.31.14 Reply
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  10. It looks so easy! Thanks for the tip! xx

    Posted 2.28.14 Reply
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    Posted 2.28.14 Reply
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    Posted 2.26.14 Reply
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    Posted 2.26.14 Reply
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    Posted 2.26.14 Reply
  16. I like it!!!

    Posted 2.26.14 Reply
  17. They turned out great

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  18. badkins5 wrote:

    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

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  19. g.m.beloin wrote:

    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!

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
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  23. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing x

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
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    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  25. LucyBre wrote:

    Why didn’t I think of this?!

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  26. Leah wrote:

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

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
    • They’re stickers made for using as a guide when painting on French tips. You can find them at most drugstores!

      Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  27. Really nice!

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
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    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  29. Amy wrote:

    so going to try this out.

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  30. i LOVE ballet slippers by Essie!!

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  31. Super cute and simple. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  32. rhiannon wrote:

    looks awesome! great job!

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    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  33. I need to test this DIY out. I ALWAYS fail at creative manicures ;)

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  34. PigLove wrote:

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

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  35. Wooooow, I really like it ! It is so cute, and class !
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    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  36. marcyjb wrote:

    So chic! I love the contrast black.

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
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    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  38. Wauw it looks amazing!

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply

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