Advanced Application: French Tips

French tips are a beautiful way to enhance your natural nail look, and Personal Salon makes it easy to get a salon look at home. Personal Salon offers Brite White or Natural French White tips.

Application Order Note:

If you do not already have CDO on your nails, follow the complete Basic Application instructions to first apply CDO to your nails prior to beginning French Tip application. If you do have CDO, begin with French Tips: Step 1 below.

French Tips: Step 1- Prepare the Nails

  • A. Remove Shine:

    Take the shine off the CDO using rubbing alcohol on a clean paper towel.
  • B. Place Guidelines:

    Follow the instructions on the package. If you don't already have tip guidelines, you can purchase them on our website.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconFor easy access, put a drop of Natural or Brite White on a clean piece of paper. Sticky notes work well for this as they stay in place.

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Steps 2 one nail at a time on each nail in the set. For example, if you are performing Steps 2-5 on the four fingers of your left hand first, Step 2 should be followed for each nail individually.

French Tips: Step 2 - Apply French White

  • A. Apply:

    Pick up some French White on both sides of your brush. Start at the end of your natural nail bed and use short strokes to coat to the end of the tip of the nail until the entire tip has one coat of French White. Turn your hand over to self-level then turn it back up again.
  • B. Clean:

    Clean off any white from the skin. Use your cuticle stick to remove any white you may have gotten on the skin beside or under your nail.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconYou're going to see streaks in the first coat. This is normal and expected.
  • C. Set:

    Turn on your bonding lamp and raise the hood. Put your finger on the bottom plate of the lamp and lower the hood. Keep your nail under the lamp for 5-10 seconds.
  • D. Add Second Coat:

    Repeat Step 2: A-C on the remaining fingers in the current set, doing one finger at a time as before.

French Tips: Step 3 - Apply the Overlay

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Step 3: A-E one nail at a time on each nail in the set. For example, if you are performing Steps 2-5 on the four fingers of your left hand first, Step 3:A-E should be followed for each nail individually.
  • A. Dip:

    Doing one nail at a time, dip the applicator brush into the CDO and apply a medium size bead to the center of the nail. Close the lid of the CDO, keeping it away from light.
  • B. Apply:

    Use the applicator brush to push the CDO near to the cuticle and to the sides and end of the nail form. CDO is a revolutionary self-leveling product and can be guided by turning your hand to direct the product on the nail. Place the brush between a piece of tinfoil and remove from light.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconYou want a thickness of about 5-7 sheets of paper. Make sure you cover the sides and end of the nail form. Your CDO is self-leveling so let the product do the work for you by turning your finger in a position that will allow the CDO to go wherever you want it. The area of your nail most vulnerable to breakage is from the center to the tip. Apply your CDO so that it gradates from thinner at the back, which facilitates easier blending of fill-in lines, to thicker at the center and end of the nail, which reinforces the most vulnerable areas.
  • C. Form Nail:

    Form the nail and remove brush strokes by turning your hand upside down for 10 seconds.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconExcessive brushing can cause bubbles. If you see a bubble, pop it with your cuticle stick.
  • D. Remove Excess:

    Remove excess CDO from skin and cuticle using the cuticle stick.

    For Your Information:

    For Your InformationDon't worry if some of the CDO gets on your skin. CDO has been engineered to NOT bond to your skin.
  • E. Flash Bond:

    Using the bonding lamp, quick set the nail for one second, then remove for five seconds. Repeat this four times. Remove finger immediately if you feel a warming sensation, stop, remove the nail and let dry for a few seconds before continuing.
  • F. Repeat (if desired):

    If you want a thicker application, you can repeat steps A-E.

French Tips: Step 4 - Cure Nails with UV Bond

  • A. Begin Bonding:

    One you complete Step 4:A-E on all four fingers (or two thumbs), cure the nails in the current set at the same time. Place fingers 8-10 inches under the bonding lamp and slowly lower the hood.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconTo ensure even curing on all nails, place your fingers on the lamp's base in the center-most portion of the lamp, directly under the bulb. Position your fingers at a slight angle so they are flat and close together but not touching each other. When bonding your thumbs, bring the lamp to the edge of your table to more easily lay your thumbs flat under the lamp.
  • B. Finish Bonding

    Leave your fingers in the center of the bonding lamp under the lowered hood for 90 seconds. Remove your hand and lightly touch the product with your finger. If it feels slick, it is dry. If product is still tacky, repeat at 60-second intervals.
  • C. Remove Forms:

    Carefully pull the forms out from under the nails. (When you take the forms off, you'll see that the product is transparent.)
  • D. File and Shape:

    If necessary, remove excess cured CDO with the White Shaping File.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconFile coming up under the excess as filing on top of the nail removes the shine. File a little bit under the end of the nail, but not too much as over-filing can take off the protective CDO cap you put on the nail.
  • E. Cleanse

    Clean the skin and cuticle with the Nail Cleanse and a clean dry applicator swab.
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