DIY French Tip Gel/Shellac Nails

I have always been a sucker for the french tipped nail look. There are many ways that you can get this look with gel nails. I know that Sensationail sells their own kit that has white tips that get stuck on, and I have seen people do it successfully. ¬† I however tried it and couldn’t get one single nail to work. So, below is how I do this look, it takes a little longer,but for me it is totally worth it.

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I prefer the alcohol swabs since you can get a lot for very cheap over buying rubbing alcohol and then lint free pads. I also use the white tip guides from Sally Beauty. They are a vinyl material rather than paper and are very durable. Orly French Manicure Tip Guides
One of the bloggers I read, buys her from THIS SELLER on ebay which carries different versions which are fun.

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For this look, I used Gelish Mini Harmony Gelish FOUNDATION / Base Gel
and Gelish soak off sealer gel top it off
,but you can use whatever top and base coat you prefer as long as it is for gel nails.

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For my colors, I used Gelish colors as well,but you can use any white, clear/pink colors you want. Well, any colors really since you can do them in whatever colors you prefer.

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I used Harmony Gelish Uv Soak Off Gel Polish -Sheek White (0.5 Oz)
and Harmony Gelish UV Soak Off Gel Polish Little Princess
both by Gelish.

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File, shape, and clean your nails like normal.

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I always use an alcohol swab on the nails that I am about to paint.

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This way there are no oils left on the nails to keep the polish from sticking.

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I then put on the guides making sure to crease around the nail so polish doesn’t bleed underneath.

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I start off with the foundation.



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Polish only the portion that you want white which is the very tip.

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Cure for 30 seconds under your LED light.


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Then do your first coat of color, I did the Sheek white from gelish.

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Cure for 30 seconds.

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Then do the second coat of color,and cure for 30 seconds. If you do something other than white, you might need more coats.

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Then remove the guides, I normally don’t have issues with white being underneath the guides. However, if some polish got below you can use a q tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to get it off. Since it wasn’t cured since it was under the guide it will come off with the alcohol. If there is a stubborn spot, you can always use acetone, but honestly if there is a small spot I can normally wipe it off with my finger.

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Then get the foundation polish again.

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Paint the whole nail again including going over the white again.


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Cure for 30 seconds.

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Then use your other color of choice or skip this step and just use the top coat and cure.

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I used little princess and wanted very little color so I only did one coat, but if you want a pink or more tan color you can do that or more coats.

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Cure for 30 seconds between coats.

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Then use the top it off to seal your nails.

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Seal them well with the top coat.

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Cure for 30 seconds.

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Use a swab to get off the tackiness.

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And there you have the french tip.

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I like to use some Nutra Nail Australian Tea Tree Oil – Nail & Cuticle Conditioner – 1291
right after I am done.

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Paint just the cuticles and then massage in so your nails are nice and moisturized.

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The reason I do this method is because from the side you can see the tips are not a lot higher than the rest of the nail. If you wanted to do a french tip with different colors you have two options. You could paint and cure the complete process with one color. Then redo the whole process using a nail guide, but I don’t like this method because the tip is a lot higher then the rest of the nail. Granted if you wanted a darker base color it wouldn’t be possible using my method.

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If you don’t like the idea of a nail guide, a lot of people will do the foundation or base coat, cure, color, cure, and then paint their tip color on like normal and then use a STAR NAIL Nylon Gel Brush Flat Tip #6
dipped in rubbing alcohol to make the tip look great, then add the top coat and you have beautiful tips in whatever color you prefer. I just don’t have a steady enough hand for that. I might be able to do it amazingly on one hand,but I’m not so sure on the other.

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Here I feel the shaping is the hardest part to make them look good.

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After I have conditioned the skin around the nails.

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Here is my right hand, the nails aren’t as perfect since my pinky nail broke,etc. but with the guides I am able to make both hands look pretty good.

I hope this tutorial helped, let me know if you have any questions!


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13 Responses

  1. Peka says:

    Hi! I just found this post through a Google search and I am so glad I did! The “tips” I bought to do this with are terrible but I wasn’t really sure how to go about using the paint since you aren’t supposed to touch the tacky layer… I didn’t even think about doing the white first! My nails look great now. :) Thanks!!

    • jrwarfield says:

      I am so glad that my tutorial helped! I too couldn’t get the gel french tip kit things to work, and it took me forever to think of this way.

  2. Bri says:

    I love this! thanks for including this tutorial. It’s wild to me that someone would pay $60 in a salon for these when you can do it at home!
    How long do they usually last before you need to re-do them?
    Thank you!

    • jrwarfield says:

      Bri,
      If I do a good job of not getting the clear polish on my cuticles then it will last for at least 7-8 days. I am super rough on my nails so for normal people it will last a lot longer. Also, I have finally tried the CND polishes, and those stay on for the full 2 weeks, so I am still using the gelish colors,but using the CND base and top coat so that it stays on as long as possible. http://warfieldfamily.com/2013/09/cnd-shellac-nail-review/

  3. Kayla says:

    Thanks so much for posting this! I too had problems with those (expensive) nail stickers and this works much better for me!

  4. Sezza says:

    thanks for a great tutorial, I’m new to doing my own gels and LOVE french Manicures and couldn’t work out how i could do this with the stickers!

  5. Brilliant! I have the guides but knew I could not place them on the sticky foundation without messing up most likely. This will work! Thanks!!!

  6. Jen T says:

    Thank you so much for this! I just free styled my French and while they look ok I know they could be better….. just want sure how. Thank you!

  7. Whitney says:

    This is a great tutorial, thanks for sharing! Have you ever done artificial tips (glued on) and then used gelish or whatever other gel polish over? I want to do the tips so I can lengthen my nails but I’m not sure what to do. Thanks!

    • jrwarfield says:

      I have never used the tips, but I would just add them like you normally would, and then paint the normal way gel nails are done. I don’t see any reason why that wouldn’t work. Good Luck!

  8. Bree says:

    What uv light and gel polish do you use for this? I’ve tried multiple DIY gel nails and none have worked…!

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