Perfecting the white mani

Thursday, 20 February 2014

White nail polishes

You may have spotted this trend by now, but white manicures are fast becoming a staple, just like the perfect red mani has been for years.

There is something so clean and perfect about sporting perfectly white manicured nails. But, you need to get it right from the beginning to avoid Tipex-like nails. As white tends to show up every flaw, you need to get it perfect from the get-go. White polish tends to be quite streaky, so follow these steps to getting the best white mani you possibly can.

  1. Clean your nail bed and remove any traces of nail polish that may have been left behind.
  2. Push back your cuticle and file and shape to your desired style.
  3. Apply a base coat and let dry.
  4. Using your favourite white polish, apply the first coat. Wait about a minute and then apply a second coat.
  5. Be the judge, and if your nails need a third coat (which most likely they will) apply it thinly. This should even out any streaks and gaps.
  6. Apply your top coat and allow to dry.
  7. Using an ear bud with acetone, or a nail polish remover pen, neaten the edges until perfect.
  8. Apply some cuticle oil to nourish your nails.

These are our favourite whites that we’ve tried and tested:

Maybelline Color Show Marshmallow, R39.95
Essie Blanc, R107.95
Ice Box Colors Nougat Ice, R60
Mavala White, R64 

Other articles you may be interested in:
Five nail shapes for your next manicure
Nude nails for the office
How to: Do your own mani
How to: Do your own pedi
Step-by-step nude nails

Written by

Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Mark Parr

    The white mani looks so elegant.

    4 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    Tip Top NailChic in Cream Puff is my favourite at the moment for an (off) white mani!

    4 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    I have to try this look out. I am loving the Maybelline Color Show in Marshmallow.

    4 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    White manis are so hard to pull off, the white needs to be streak free, or it just looks cheap like tipex.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    I would love to try this on my nails.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I’ve dabbled with the white mani using Essie products but I find that I get bored of it very quickly and after a day or two, it doesn’t look as crisp and fresh as I’d like so it gets removed.

    4 years ago •

  1. AndreaM

    Ooh, I don’t think I can pull this off, but it looks fab on the model.

    4 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I love this trend so much. I was scared to try it at first but I have done it 3 times now and will continue to do it. Thank you so much for the tips.

    5 years ago •

  1. Bath Lover

    An interesting take on a manicure, not sure if I could pull it off though, reminds me of when we painted “tippex” on our nails.

    5 years ago •

  1. Hess

    It looks so good on her, but I’d be scared to do it myself!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Cara’s nails look awesome!
    Maybelline’s Colour Show is good value for money.

    5 years ago •

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