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Get the Look: An Updated French Manicure Tutorial

February 5th, 2017

Just in time for Spring, nail expert and Sally Hansen global ambassador Madeline Poole brings us an updated French Manicure. The classic French manicure has been picking up popularity again recently. Adding an extra stripe of color or switching out the colors is a way of modernizing it while making it feel less ironic and more current. With gray tones trending as well, this example blends both trends into one easy-to-wear look.

Updated French Manicure Tutorial by Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Updated French Manicure by Madeline Poole / Courtesy photo used with permission.

A beautiful manicure starts with maintaining healthy nails. This is especially important when the nail look incorporates negative space like this Updated French. Sally Hansen’s Big Cuticle Oil provides much needed moisture for ragged nail beds. This quick-absorbing formula leaves cuticles, and nails, deeply hydrated, soft and healthy-looking while helping to defend against harsh, drying environmental elements faced daily. The formula is enriched with Coconut, Apricot Kernel oils plus Vitamin E.

Nail Rehab fills ridges and conceals damage making it perfect for applying before a negative space manicure and defends against breaking tearing and peeling.

See below for a step-by-step guide on how to create the Updated French look at home!

Get the Look: An Updated French Manicure

Step 1:  Paint a coat of Sally Hansen Nail Rehab on clean bare nails a day before creating the nail look.

Step 2:  Remove Sally Hansen Nail Rehab before beginning the nail look. Use a striping brush to paint the 1st stripe just below the tip of the nail with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Buffalo Nickel

Step 3: Paint a second tip with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Greyfetti using a striping brush

Step 4:  Apply a coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat

Step 5: After allowing the nails to dry, apply Sally Hansen Big Cuticle Oil around the nail bed and massage into the skin

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