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Top 10 French Manicure venues

Here is our pick for the top venues offering French Manicure from around Australia.

  1. Julex Nail Spa - PrahranJulex Nail Spa - Prahran

    Julex Nail Spa - Prahran

    514 Malvern Road, Prahran 3181
    Rating:
    (20)
    For the smartest nails in Prahran, book in for a mani or a pedi at Julex Nail Spa. Get perfect nails with polish, Shellac gel, acrylics or an SNS dip powder.
  2. Divine Camila BeautyDivine Camila Beauty

    Divine Camila Beauty

    2/303 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst 2010
    Rating:
    (69)
    Divine Camila Beauty will take care of your whole body while you relax and unwind. This cute salon stands out for its impeccable service and beautiful staff.
  3. Absolutely Polished NailsAbsolutely Polished Nails

    Absolutely Polished Nails

    29 / 31 Somerset Place, Little Bourke St., Melbourne CBD 3000
    Rating:
    (48)
    Are your hands or feet in need of TLC, head straight over to Absolutely Polished Nails, Melbourne CBD. This award-winning nail salon has everything you need.
  4. Two Birds Hair and Beauty SalonTwo Birds Hair and Beauty Salon

    Two Birds Hair and Beauty Salon

    147 Russell St, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Rating:
    (59)
    Two Birds celebrates the art of living well. Enjoy life to its fullest and living in the moment whilst looking your best in the latest hair and makeup styles.
  5. Nail ParadiseNail Paradise

    Nail Paradise

    Shop 4/ 332 Centre Rd, Bentleigh 3204
    Rating:
    (10)
    Enjoy a relaxing mani or pedi at Nail Paradise. The company offers services including shellac, nails, nail art, gel nails, eyebrow waxing, tints, and more.
  6. Modern Nails BrunswickModern Nails Brunswick

    Modern Nails Brunswick

    134 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
    Rating:
    (43)
    Feel amazing from top to toe with Modern Nails Brunswick. From acrylic colour, to Bio Sculpture gel, waxing and eyelash extensions, they're experts in beauty.
  7. Stunning Nails Hair and BeautyStunning Nails Hair and Beauty

    Stunning Nails Hair and Beauty

    1198 Glenhuntly Road, Glen Huntly 3163
    Rating:
    (8)
    Stunning Nails Hair and Beauty is a one-stop shop for treatments, highlights, cuts, eyelash extensions, facial, threading, pedicures, massage, and more.
  8. Glamshell BeautyGlamshell Beauty

    Glamshell Beauty

    63 Ferguson Street, Williamstown 3016
    Rating:
    (36)
    Glamshell Beauty, the place for all your beauty and spa needs including nails, brow and lash treatments, plus waxing. Or spoil yourself with a Spa Package.
  9. Island Sea Nails & Beauty - PyrmontIsland Sea Nails & Beauty - Pyrmont

    Island Sea Nails & Beauty - Pyrmont

    99 Miller Street, Pyrmont 2009
    Rating:
    (10)
    Island Sea Nails & Beauty is your go-to for beauty treatments and nail care. From manicures, to pedicures, lash and brow tinting, eyelash extensions and waxing.
  10. Yantis Hair and NailsYantis Hair and Nails

    Yantis Hair and Nails

    830 2/830 Anzac Parade, Maroubra 2035
    Rating:
    (6)
    Yantis Hair and Nails are experts in all things beauty, including haircuts and colours, and Bio Sculpture nails. They also offer microblading brow feathering.

French Manicure

Despite the plethora of amazing new nail techniques available in today's salons, one more traditional style remains as popular as ever, and that's the French Manicure.

Having said that, there are some variations on a theme but we'll come back to those.

The traditional French manicure is best described as an enhanced version of your natural nails. The idea is to create a set of beautifully manicured nails with a pale pink nail bed and dazzling white tip. Just like you own nails only better.

Glamorous and Sophisticated

Rumour has it that the name of this manicure was invented by the aptly-named Jeff Pink, the creator of Orly nail polish. Seriously, what else could you call such a glamorous and sophisticated look? It was not born in France, but in a small Californian suburb called Calabasas.

The tale is quite delightful. Apparently, Hollywood actresses spent far too much time getting their nails painted to match their outfits. Movie directors approached Pink for a solution and this is what he came up with.

Suddenly everyone was doing it, starting with mega songstress Barbra Streisand. She even raved about it on national TV. The beauty of this look was that it was elegant, versatile and went with everything.

Classic and Timeless

It wasn't long until the French manicure exploded onto the fashion runways and found its way into influential magazines such as Vogue. Classic and timeless it will never go out of fashion.

When you Google 'French manicure' you'll be bombarded with advice and YouTube tutorials showing how to recreate the look at home. Two words: don't bother. Whilst a straightforward manicure and polish may be possible at home, a French manicure takes expertise.

The ratio of pink to white has to be perfect and the finish needs to be sharp and polished. A French manicure can be done in gel or acrylic and there are a couple of different methods.

Acrylic or Gel

The easiest way is to glue white plastic tips to your nails using clear acrylic. The other method is far more complicated but does produce a more natural-looking and durable finish. This method involves sculpting the white tips onto the nail.

Amidst the glitz and glamour of nail art, neon shades, stiletto nails and more, the French manicure remains the epitome of sophistication and style. Feminine, clean-looking and understated, this is a very popular wedding manicure.

New techniques and style variations are constantly being introduced, the latest being spray-on French manicures. This uses aerosol technology to apply the white section of the nails, resulting in a perfect finish.

Variations on a Theme

In the salon, your nails can be filed round, oval or square. You can also choose how much white you want to show.

Another variation doing the rounds is the frosted French manicure. This is a traditional French manicure, finished with an opalescent coast of polish. You'll also find a Reversed French Manicure (literally what it sounds like), black and white or red and white French manicures.

The Inverted French Manicure uses high-gloss black for the main nail and gold for the cuticles and decoration. Coloured Tips is another popular style, where the body of the nail is pale pink or opaque white, and the tips are different colours. Often a thin line of gold or silver polish will separate the two.

Then there's the Ombre French Manicure, as popular for nails as it is for hair. The list of choices just goes on.

Go for Health

Remember, as with any manicure using acrylic or gel, your nail health is very important. Whilst these treatments will cover up all sorts of problems, the better your own nails the better the results will be.

To keep your nails in optimum health and enjoy your own perfect French manicure, use Bookwell to find a salon in your area.

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