The American Manicure
American manicures at a nail salon or at home
What makes a manicure American? With subtle tones and pale colors the American Manicure give nails a natural, soft look. Deviating from the French Manicure the American Manicure has the white tip of the nail painted first with the neutral tone painted over the entire nail. This manicure can be done at home or in a salon and spa. The American Manicure is also easy to fix if the manicure were to chip or need to be recoated.
Purchasing a professional American Manicure will most often include a hand massage, cuticle care, and other nail care services to maintain the quality of the nails and hands.
American Manicures can be done at home by purchasing an American Manicure kit located at your local drug store or beauty salon outlet. An opaque white or light color of nail polish and a neutral pink tone can be purchased in place of an American Manicure kit. For optimal results cuticle cutters, a good emery board, and deep moisturizing lotion will give the at-home manicure a look of professional caliber.
After the nails have soaked in warm water and the nail is free from any polish it can be filed and shaped into the desired look. Once the nail is ready for painting a base coat will prep the nail to sustain the top coat of color for a longer period. Once the base coat is completed a stencil or similar device can be used as a frame to help outline the opaque white or light color of nail polish for defining the tip. After the nail tips are finished the layer of pale pink or neutral tone nail polish is applied to give the tips a muted, natural look. To finish the manicure and keep the nail polish intact a top coat of clear nail polish is suggested to also strengthen the nails. After the old nail polish has been removed and before the new coats are applied professional salons and spas will take the time to massage the hands with moisturizing lotion and care for the cuticles. However it is done the American Manicure give nails a beautiful, sophisticated look that will never go out of style.