A product thumbnail of Seche Vite Top Coat Professional Kit ~one of the best top coats for DIY nails

A product thumbnail of Seche Vite Top Coat Professional Kit ~one of the best top coats for DIY nails

Unlike the tacky bright white French manicures I see everywhere... even on toes (gasp!), the true French manicure is a simple sheer pink, which allows a glimpse of the naturally pale tips to show through. It goes with absolutely everything, casual to all out glamour. (OPI Mimosas for Mr Mrs or Essie Mademoiselle are perfect.)

Unlike the tacky bright white French manicures I see everywhere... even on toes (gasp!), the true French manicure is a simple sheer pink, which allows a glimpse of the naturally pale tips to show through. It goes with absolutely everything, casual to all out glamour. (OPI Mimosas for Mr Mrs or Essie Mademoiselle are perfect.)

Orly Bonder   Living up to its name, this rubberized base coat bonds to the nail bed so polish remains chip-free for seven to 10 days, says New York manicurist Dana D’Andraia, who works with Kerry Washington. Its pinkbased undertone gives nails an "extra-healthy glow," adds N.Y.C. manicurist Julie Kandalec.   $10

Orly Bonder Living up to its name, this rubberized base coat bonds to the nail bed so polish remains chip-free for seven to 10 days, says New York manicurist Dana D’Andraia, who works with Kerry Washington. Its pinkbased undertone gives nails an "extra-healthy glow," adds N.Y.C. manicurist Julie Kandalec. $10

let a base coat (white) dry, then do half the nail in the base color and quickly do the next color across the middle and the next on the tip and while all 3 are wet, drag a toothpick from the base to the tip! clean pick between lines to keep it fresh

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