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How to paint your nails: Black and silver French manicure

Updated on January 20, 2012
Black & silver French manicure.
Black & silver French manicure. | Source

During the 80s, I painted my fingernails with dots and dashes and all kinds of colors. Most of the time, each nail was a different color. I think dots were my favorite. As I grew up, I got out of the habit of painting my nails anything other than red. Around Halloween, I would paint them black, but no stripes or dots.

I feel more put together when my nails are done. Just like I feel better when I put on makeup, painting my nails is something I do for me. It's always important to do things for yourself and not just because Betsy or Lulu might be jealous when they see your new manicure.

Here are step-by-step instructions for a black and silver french manicure. I love this look because it pretty much goes with everything.

Step 1: Apply a clear base coat.

Step 2: Apply black nail polish. I put on 2 coats, but depending on the brand, it may take more or less.

Step 3: Apply a clear topcoat.

Step 4: Let dry for 15 to 20 minutes.

Basic black nails.
Basic black nails. | Source

Step 5: Prepare to paint tips of nails.

Step 6: Take a piece of transparent tape and place on palm of hand. Press down and peel off. Do this to get rid of some of the tackiness.

Step 7: Place tape on nail tip leaving just a bit exposed. Press down lightly all the way across nail.

Mark off nail tip with tape.
Mark off nail tip with tape. | Source

Step 8: Paint nail tip with silver polish.

Step 9: Remove tape as soon as you finish polishing that nail. Do not allow polish to dry before removing tape.

Paint nail tip with silver polish.
Paint nail tip with silver polish. | Source

Step 10: Apply clear topcoat and you're done!

Black & silver French manicure.
Black & silver French manicure. | Source

Step 11: If you want some sparkle, add a coat of glitter polish. I really like the chunky glitter polish because it will hide any mistake or flaw, which I usually have!

Black & silver French manicure with glitter topcoat!
Black & silver French manicure with glitter topcoat! | Source

Step 12: Go out and have fun!

Oooo...ahhh...pretty! | Source


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    • EclecticFusion profile image

      Lisa 6 years ago from Tennessee

      asmaiftikhar: I'm a big fan of easy nail techniques! Thanks for stopping by!

    • asmaiftikhar profile image

      asmaiftikhar 6 years ago from Pakistan

      a useful hub and its really an easy way to decorate nails at home.Thanks for sharing.

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      I might believe you make mistakes

      I can't believe you have flaws

      But to put nail polish on some women

      would be a waste of some ugly sets of claws

      Much love