Nail Art Tutorial: Gelish Matte French Manicure

As a tech, it’s your duty this season to amp up those French manicures, whether perfecting your pink-and-white skills or trying different takes on the design. Just for the occasion, Gelish showed how to paint this matte French using Gelish Top It Off Matte.



Step 1: Prep and shape the natural nail. Remove any excess dust with Gelish Nail Surface Cleanse on a lint-free wipe. Apply a thin coat of Gelish PH Bond.


Step 2: Apply a very thin coat of Gelish Foundation Base Gel to the entire nail and cap the free edge. Cure in an LED light for 5 seconds or 1 minute in a 36-watt UV light. Using a clean, dry gel brush, wipe the surface of the cured Foundation gel to remove excess tackiness.


Step 3: Using Black Shadow, wipe excess product off the brush. Cap the free edge first, and then apply a thin coat of color onto the nail plate. Cure in for 30 seconds in an LED light or 2 minutes in a UV light. Repeat.


Step 4: Apply Top It Off Matte, making sure to cover the entire nail. Cure for 30 seconds in an LED or 2 minutes in a UV light. Remove the tacky surface.


Step 5: Using traditional Top It Off, create a French manicure design along the tip of the nail, capping free edge first. Cure for 30 seconds in an LED light or 2 minutes in a UV light. Remove the tacky surface.

Products used can be found on gelish.com.

[Courtesy of Gelish]

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