I need more practice but what I find works well freehand, is to start at the corners of the nail and lay the brush flat and just swipe at a downward angle towards the center of the nail and then go to the other side do the same thing and meet in the middle.
I used Orly's Pointe Blanche french tip white, the brush is thinner than regular nail polish, which makes it a little easier to handle. I also added Wet N Wild's Snow Globe glitter to the tips which covered up the unevenness of the white.
The base color is China Glaze's Innocence, a soft pink creme, opaque in two coats. I need the opaqueness because my nails are badly stained at the tips, from all the teals and greens I was wearing in March. I topped everything off with some Seche Vite.
Below, is a bad impromptu picture from a week prior. A different French mani I did, also freehand. The tips came out better, but I used three coats of Orly's Rose Colored Glasses, which was not opaque enough to cover up my yellow stained nails. You can see the yellow starting half way down the nail, especially on the ring finger. The glitter is Nubar's White Polka Dot. I didn't plan on posting it, so I didn't bother to take better photos... Sorry for the blue-greenness my florescent lamp is causing.
|Three coats of Orly's Rose Colored Glasses, one coat of Nubar's White Polka Dot.|
Do you have any favorite polishes that you do your French manicures with?
BTW, you will see more of Nubar White Polka Dot.... I love, love, love this soft pearly white glitter, especially for work.