My secret to a perfect DIY french manicure!!

When people ask me how I can do a french manicure so perfectly by myself, I tell them “I’m asian, it’s in my genes!”


No, seriously, I’ve been doing them for myself for over 12+ years now. I can do it in no time flat, just as easily as painting my nails one solid color. It wasn’t this easy for me when I first started. But, after countless fits over them not being right, I was able to come up with a trick that leaves them flawless every time!

Wanna know my secret?


Yup, bandaids.

Watch my segment on San Antonio Living as I demonstrate the process. Follow along on my step by step tutorial to see what I’m talking about.

To start, gather all your supplies

  • white nail polish, or color of your choice
  • top coat of your choice (clear, baby pink, shimmer clear, etc…)
  • rounded edged bandaids
  • nail polish remover
  • Q-tips/cotton balls

Make sure your nails are clean. I always give them a quick swipe with a nail polish remover soaked cotton ball.

Take the bandaids and rip the ends off.

Align and stick the rounded edge on your nail leaving as much of your nail showing as you want to paint. Make sure you the bandaid is tightly stuck on your nail, and the corners have been pushed in to fit around you nail.

Paint the tip.

Wait for the polish to completely dry before peeling off. Repeat this procedure with all of your nails. When they’re all dry, seal it with your top coat. And you’re done!

What do you think? Pretty perfect!

And you don’t just have to use bandaids. Anything rounded and sticky will work. For example, my son has a sheet of smiley face stickers that’ll work like a charm!

Once you do it so many times and get the hang of it, you won’t need the bandaids anymore and you’ll be a french manicure pro!

Genius? Love it? Can’t wait to try it out? Please be sure to let me know! I love knowing my trick’s come in handy for someonone else!

Check out some of my other nail art here, here, and here

Happy polishing!

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  • Reply NailDays June 6, 2012 at 3:40 am

    This is a really cool idea! I’ve always gone for using scotch tape, but the pre rounded edge would give a better tip! Have never heard of using band aids before, thanks!

    • Reply Christina June 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

      I love sharing my tips! Thanks for the comment letting me know you like it ๐Ÿ™‚ please don’t forget to subscribe, I just followed you an entered your contest!

  • Reply Erin Elizabeth June 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm


    • Reply Christina June 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Simple but effective! Thanks for following along on my blog, be sure and spread the word! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply Nicky January 23, 2014 at 4:47 am

        This did not work for me.

        • Reply christinacoker January 23, 2014 at 9:40 am

          I’m sorry it didn’t work out. What problem did you face? We’re your band aids too sticky or not sticky enough?

  • Reply Lisa Sparkles June 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    This is also a really cool idea/trick!

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  • Reply Emily February 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve tried circular stickers before, but my thumbs are too wide for them! This idea is genius!

    • Reply Christina February 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks Emily, glad you found it helpful! Band aids are so great because all the different sizes available for every size nail!

  • Reply Courtney February 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    do the band aids leave a sticky residue?

    • Reply Christina February 27, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      I’ve never had a problem with them leaving a sticky residue!

    • Reply Shannon March 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      It peeled off my undercoat and left a sticky residue. I guess cheap bandaids work better?

      • Reply Christina March 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm


        You can use any type of bandaid, but if you feel they’re too sticky just stick them to your skin a few times before applying them to your nails. Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply Holly November 20, 2018 at 11:46 am

        Omg , seriously

    • Reply CC March 14, 2016 at 9:40 am

      It did on me and pulled the base coat off. Maybe some cheap dollar store band aids won’t.

      • Reply Christina March 14, 2016 at 9:46 am

        I don’t use a base coat for my French manicures so I’m not sure but yes, the cheaper dollar store bandaids won’t have as much sticking power.

  • Reply Crystal Martinez February 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I have tried the bandaid before and I used the fabric ones nd it left a residue on my nails so i didn’t try it again. I will he using the plastic one nd try again ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Christina February 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      If you have a problem with it being a little too sticky, stick it on your skin first to get rid of some of the stick before putting it on your nail

  • Reply Carol Lopez March 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I went to the Dollar store and got a box of Bandaids. The only change I recommend is to use a Onyx (you can find at Wal Mart) about $3, and is 100% Pure Acetone. I quit buying the name and store brands. Oh and to clean my nails, I use a Toner to rid of any oil on the nails. Thanks for the tip, will be updating my manicure this week!

  • Reply kuroneko118 April 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Dude, this is great. Genius. I’m totally going to use this at some point!

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  • Reply Trine @ Creative Pink Butterfly August 26, 2013 at 5:18 am

    This is so smart!! I have also been doing french on myself (and I it turnes out good most of the time). But this tip is supersmart ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Alexa August 31, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Hi! I didn’t try this trick but I have found that Scotch Blue Painters Tape works well also. If you want thick stripes or something..that works!

    • Reply christinacoker August 31, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Thanks for the extra tip Alexa ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Jodi February 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This is absolutely genius! Why didn’t I think of this? LOL

    I’ve been using reinforcement lables (the stickers that are meant for the holes in filler/notebook paper) but they don’t stick that well in the corners between the nail and the skin, so my points on each end come out all wacked LOL. Also, this last time that I bought them I made the mistake of buying the colored ones and the sticker color ended up rubbing off onto my nails and seeping into the white nail polish.

    I’m definitely buying bandaids next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the great tip!

    • Reply christinacoker February 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      I’m soo glad you found it useful! Good luck trying it for yourself, I’m sure it’ll work out great

  • Reply Pat February 21, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Do you use the same bandaid, or use a new one for every nail? Sounds like a wonderful idea, but if you need 10 bandaids that could be expensive. Thanks

    • Reply christinacoker February 21, 2014 at 7:34 am

      I reuse the bandaid for a few nails. To save a little you can buy a pack at your local dollar store!

  • Reply Haley March 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    What polish or topcoat did you use to make your nails pink and shiny?

    • Reply christinacoker March 20, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      I just use a basic clear top coat, in this picture I used LA Colors clear coat, but you can use a very sheer light pink if you’re looking for a bit of color

  • Reply Jenny March 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Did you usually have a lot of white nail polish to cclean up after u took the band aid off..or does it stick pretty good where it doesnt seep into the corners and bleed onto the nails. .? And if u need to clean up the line a little ive heard a eyeshadow brush works really good, have you tried that?

    • Reply christinacoker March 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      The band aids work perfectly for me & there’s no bleeding. If you do have any or just to clean around your cuticles, I use q-tips dipped in nail polish remover

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  • Reply Skye April 6, 2014 at 5:37 am

    You legend. Band aids are such a good idea!

  • Reply Lexie April 28, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Omg this is so amazingly smart!

    • Reply christinacoker April 28, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Than you Lexie, hope you can put it to good use!

  • Reply Lisa May 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Great idea though I couldn’t get it to work for me. The bandaids I used were thicker than the ones you show though. When I tried to pull them off, the bottom line on the tip became jagged. I’ll probably try this again with thinner bandaids.

    • Reply christinacoker May 16, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Try the thinner band aids and wait for the polish to fully dry before peeling them off

  • Reply Orquidea May 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    OMG, just tried it and they turned out perfect! Genious idea. I already had 2 base coats. I found a fabric band-aid and it left no residue. I used the same side of band-aid for 5 fingers and did not wait for polish to dry and it left a perfectly clean line. I will always do this method (masking tape is tricky), thanks for sharing.

    • Reply christinacoker May 24, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      I love hearing that my little trick is useful to others, I’m glad it worked out for you! Thanks for letting me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply V July 31, 2014 at 8:41 am

    This is awesome. You just saved me lots of money. I wonder if can do on toes too. Thank you!

  • Reply shraddha August 10, 2014 at 7:26 am

    i loved it

    • Reply christinacoker August 10, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Glad to hear it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Nancy September 27, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Worked really well for me!!

    • Reply christinacoker September 29, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      So glad to hear it nancy ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply Eliesia October 9, 2014 at 5:56 pm

        I thought it was awesome! The band aids worked great! No sticky residue and an amazing resultโ™ก

  • Reply Maya January 20, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Hi Christina – I pinned your band-aid tip, and I’ve actually done it three times now, and it really is foolproof, thanks so much for sharing! I work in healthcare – I’m a radiographer – so can’t have pretty nails at work, but between shifts now I can, without shelling out for a salon manicure ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks again!

    • Reply christinacoker January 20, 2015 at 9:24 am

      That makes me so happy to hear maya! Thanks for sharing with me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Kelly March 14, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I’ve been looking for something like this for ages ๐Ÿ™‚ just trying it out now – one hand completed the other still drying – works wonderfully – but one tip … Be patient !!
    Also be careful when pulling off the band aids – I found if I pulled it slowly from one side it came off easier
    I can go to work tomorrow with a professional looking French Manicure ๐Ÿ™‚ that cost nothing but time (even better)

    Thank you so much !!

    Kelly ( in New Zealand)

    • Reply Christina March 15, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Thanks for sharing with me Kelly, I love hearing that someone’s found it useful!

  • Reply Melida Rizo August 21, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    I tried and it worked perfect thank you!!!

    • Reply Christina August 30, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      so glad to hear it, thanks for letting me know!

  • Reply Dena C April 19, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Awesome tip!!! Literally! I’m going to try it right now! Thank you :). Dena

    • Reply Christina April 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Glad you found it useful, I hope it works as well for you as it has for me!

  • Reply Tabatha Jolly June 30, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Oh my goodness!!!!! Thank you so much, you just saved me money n my mind!!! I can’t wait to try this , GOD bless you and thank you so very much!!!

    • Reply Christina July 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      So glad you like my tip, Tabatha. I hope it works out as good for you as it has for me!

  • Reply Barbara July 2, 2017 at 11:21 am

    YOU ROCK! THANK YOU for sharing your FABULOUS secret!

  • Reply Marcie Smith May 29, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    Tried it. Bandaids left film and you have to be really good at placing the bandaids or yourwhites dont match.

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