French Manicure advice

#1
Hi all,

Do you find that one or two coats of white are best when doing white French tips (non shellac)? Thinking coverage versus it being too thick and chipping?

I trained with the beauty academy and their training wasn't great - am waiting to go on a sweet squared course but want to get as much advice before so that I can continue to practice the little that I did learn!!!

Thanks :)
 

linzi

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#2
I find that on shorter nails, one coat is suffice; on longer nails, two coats is generally what I prefer.

There are no hard and fast rules though - I go by eye and see what's best for the individual client.

Ooh, you'll LOVE the S2 course! It's like a reawakening :D
 

Miss Pink23

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#3
I always do one coat. I find two coats is too thick and never dries thoroughly enough, causing the client to smudge them before you /they leave.
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#4
Thanks guys - what's your experience with how many layers of pink too? I was thinking two coats pink then the white if the client wants a very white tip but if the client wants a more natural look then one coat of pink before the white then one coat of pink after?

Thanks for your advice :)
 
#5
I was taught white then pink which as you say is more natural but if they like the white brighter I do opposite.
Regarding number of white coats I find it depends on the quality and thickness of the polish. X
 

blossom

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#6
I always do 2 thin coats, but then I always make sure I'm working with a newish polish which is very viscous for French and it makes it so much easier, and of course new polish dries quicker than old.

I do the white before the pink . . . I like the result it gives, more seamless somehow, also if you do fluff it, you only have to re-do the base coat and not all the layers! :green:
 

Miss Pink23

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#7
I do white first and then pink.

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#8
Pink over white I believe is called an American manicure?

I ask my client what they like and go from there.
My preference is to do a very sheer pink and then a soft white but I really hate doing them because they're so nineties! Haha x
 
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