Without a doubt, my favorite way to do a French manicure is with the Konad stamping plate that comes with the French manicure kit (set F, plate M19). It takes some getting use to, but once you do, you can do the tips in just minutes, and they end up a lot more even for me than doing them freehand. For these, I did the tips with the stamping plate, then put Essie Shine of the Times on top. After a while, I decided I didn’t like the glitter over the white tips so I just restamped them, so the tips are a bit thick. Has anyone tried using this plate? Have you had any trouble?
I have a love/hate relationship with French manicures. I can’t decide if they’re classy or kind of garish. Instead of letting people wonder if I am trying to be sophisticated, I decided to learn towards tacky and go all out with the glitter.
I hate how fast a French manicure usually chips on me so I decided to do a gel manicure with Gelish polishes from Sally beauty. I have thin nails that peel easily, so I like gel manicures because they make my nails hard enough so they can grow out. I do my own with a UV lamp from Amazon.com and Gelish or CND polishes.
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