A French manicure is a style of polishing the nails where white paint is applied to the tips of the nails and the rest of it is given a transparent color.

Things needed: Warm water, nail polish remover, cuticle cream, nail file, nail polish, cotton balls, moisturizing lotion, wood stick, cuticle cream, paper towels and nail trimmer.

o Firstly, remove all traces of your old nail polish with acetone remover. Next file your nails. Soak your hands in warm soapy water for a few minutes to soften the cuticles. Shape your nails evenly and neatly with a help of a nail trimmer. You can shape them into rounded squares by smoothing the edges.

o Apply a cuticle cream and with the help of a wood stick push the cuticles back. Next massage your hands and wipe them with neat paper towels.

o After drying your hands, apply a base coat and let it dry for a minute. Now, carefully paint the tip of each nails with white color. Depending on the thickness and opaqueness of the polish, a second coat may be necessary. Always allow the polish to dry between coats.

o Once the tips of the nails are dry, apply a translucent nude color polish on to the entire nails. Again, a second coat may be essential depending on the thickness of the polish and as always allow the nails to dry meticulously.

o Finally, apply a clear top coat to guard your manicure. To extend the lifespan of your new French manicure apply an extra layer of top coat every night. Assure you give enough time for the nails to dry completely. Allow at least thirty minutes for it to dry.

French manicure is good for nails with moderate or short length. Most cosmetic shops sell readily-assembled French manicure kits for home use. However, if you are not confident to do it yourself, visit a beauty salon and get it done once. Although it is a little expensive it is still worth the effort.