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.

What Do You Think?

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    Nice idea i love this I think i will try it with blue and gold and will post it on blog . Kool idea.

    Posted 6.12.14 Reply
  4. 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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  11. It looks so easy! Thanks for the tip! xx

    Posted 2.28.14 Reply
  12. cool idea – I will try it :)

    Posted 2.28.14 Reply
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    Posted 2.27.14 Reply
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    Posted 2.26.14 Reply
  15. mywardrobes wrote:

    Looks great, love your rings :)

    Posted 2.26.14 Reply
  16. It looks great! :-) xx

    Posted 2.26.14 Reply
  17. I like it!!!

    Posted 2.26.14 Reply
  18. They turned out great

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  19. 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
  20. 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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  24. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing x

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  25. tanicr wrote:

    So cool! I love it

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  26. LucyBre wrote:

    Why didn’t I think of this?!

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  27. 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
  28. Really nice!

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  29. This looks amazing!
    xo Anastacia

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  30. Amy wrote:

    so going to try this out.

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

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

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  33. rhiannon wrote:

    looks awesome! great job!

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

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  35. PigLove wrote:

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

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  36. Wooooow, I really like it ! It is so cute, and class !
    Thank you for the method :D

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  37. marcyjb wrote:

    So chic! I love the contrast black.

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  38. divinemzm wrote:

    You inspired my next manicure!

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply
  39. Wauw it looks amazing!

    Posted 2.25.14 Reply