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The iconic French of the 90s: how to recreate Princess Diana's favorite manicure

Anna BoklajukLady
Princess Diana in a hat

Princess Diana's iconic style continues to inspire, and that includes her love of French manicure. The princess favored short, rectangular nails with thin white tips and a pink glazed base, especially in the 90s when French manicure was extremely trendy.

Nail trends were constantly changing, and for a while the French manicure was out of fashion, but everything is cyclical, and it is back on track again. French manicure has a huge number of variations, but today OBOZ.UA offers you an exact recreation of Diana's favorite trend on the nails. Classic French is easy to apply and just as easy to remove.

The iconic French of the 90s: how to recreate Princess Diana's favorite manicure

The princess loved short nails and preferred a natural, light pink finish, thus following royal protocol.

The iconic French of the 90s: how to recreate Princess Diana's favorite manicure

Preparing your nails for a Princess Diana manicure

To make a French manicure like Princess Diana's, you need to prepare your nails properly. After all, it's not just about the white line. To get the special manicure that Diana loved, your nails should be square and cut short.

The iconic French of the 90s: how to recreate Princess Diana's favorite manicure

First of all, remove all previous coatings from the nails and apply nail oil to the cuticles so that you can push it away. Use a buffer to lightly sand the nail plate and file the nails themselves. The most important thing is to make sure that your nails are very dry at the end of this step so that the polish adheres to them better. This way you will get a long-lasting manicure.

To make Princess Diana's manicure, choose a pink base coat

For her French manicure, Princess Diana favored pink polish as a base coat. This undoubtedly goes hand in hand with the 90s nail trend that is back now.

The iconic French of the 90s: how to recreate Princess Diana's favorite manicure

The white stripe of a French manicure should be thin

To get the signature look of Princess Diana's nails, you need to make the white stripe on the nail relatively thin. Make sure your base coat is completely dry. You can choose a completely straight white edge or opt for a slight curve like Diana's. Any white nail polish works well for this part of the process.

The iconic French of the 90s: how to recreate Princess Diana's favorite manicure

Finish your manicure with a top coat

A top coat not only reduces the harsh whiteness of the tips but also adds a layer of protection to make the final effect last longer. You don't have to use a different polish for this step. You can use the same one you used for your base coat. Make sure that the white tips are dry before applying the base coat again. After this step, you can also use a final coat to make sure everything is protected from chipping and wear.

The iconic French of the 90s: how to recreate Princess Diana's favorite manicure

Complete the look

Princess Diana loved to work with a classic theme and then make it her own. So, when recreating Diana's classic French manicure, feel free to complete the look in any way you like. There is always room to add some shiny nail stones or use special stickers. And don't forget to lubricate the cuticles with oil when the varnish dries. Gently rub some oil into the cuticles to keep them moisturized.

The iconic French of the 90s: how to recreate Princess Diana's favorite manicure

There is also the option that Diana liked: to embellish the look with a sapphire ring! Diana loved jewelry, so the classic French manicure offers a beautiful canvas to show off rings and bracelets.

The iconic French of the 90s: how to recreate Princess Diana's favorite manicure

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