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How to Do a Reverse French Manicure

Learn how to do a reverse French manicure from Spa Taxi owner Danielle Corbin Jaime in this Howcast nail tutorial.


Now I'm going to show you how to do a reverse French manicure. I've already applied a thin layer of base coat. Now, reverse French manicures are kind of fun, because you can choose any color polish that you want, and you get to use reinforcements. We all remember reinforcements from school.

You take your reinforcement, and you apply it right here at the edge of the nail, partially on the skin. The whole idea is to create a half-a-moon circle shape right by the skin. You leave the reinforcement here, and then you apply nail polish to the nail. You do the same thing. I recommend that you prep all five nails and you use a fan to help it dry a little faster, and you just simply polish the nail with the reinforcement right there. No worries about going on or touching the reinforcement.

Now that the nail is dry, it's safe to remove the reinforcement from the nail. Slowly peel it off to reveal a half-a-moon at the back of the nail. How cool is that? If you want to add some fun, you can polish the nail underneath a separate color. Make sure it dries completely, because you don't want the reinforcement to get stuck to the nail polish, but you can have some fun. Add glitter or maybe even black to make this different from the polish you put on top. Now it's safe to go in and apply a top coat. If you wanted to make it look just a little sophisticated, you can add a gem or a rhinestone right at the middle of the nail. It looks really nice when you're going out to eat or on a Friday night date.

Make sure to be careful, just in case the nail polish is a little wet, to not smudge your half-a-moon. Of course, if you get any polish on the sides, this is your opportunity, now that you've re-wet the polish a little bit, to clean the edges. Now, there you have it, the perfect reverse French.

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