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What colors make a manly French?

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I have a man on my books who wants a thin French polish on his toes, but for it to look natural what color do I do?

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If your male client has a nice healthy looking nail bed on his toes, I would suggest that you go with a low shine clear coat for the body of the nail as his natural nail color will (of course) look the most natural. If his nails are a little on the white side, I find that going with a peach or beige color is your best bet for a look that is still clean and healthy looking without being too pink and feminine. Do a sample on his big toe first. If it’s too heavily pigmented for his liking, tone it down by mixing in (in a separate container like a dappen dish or on a margarine container lid) small amounts of low-shine clear until he is satisfied with the color. If he wants a white tip on his toe, keep the nails nice and short and tone the white down in the same way (mixing in clear) and apply it in a thin line. — Carla Foster is a veteran nail tech and owns Carla Foster Nails in Shaughnessy, Alberta, Canada.

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