Chloe Randall

French Manicure: How to match the perfect cover shade for your client

By Chloe Randall | 25 May 2021 | Expert Advice, Feature

French Manicure

Not one shade of nude suits all skin tones, therefore, to achieve a clean and polished French manicure, it is essential to make sure your cover shade matches your client.

Here are some tips on how to achieve the perfect match…

“Make sure you have at least three pink shades & two white shades available. I put a French design on nail pops so I’m able to hold this on the client’s hand and pick the best shade for them.”

“Having all the different colours available on nail pops, makes it very easy and quick to find the correct shade,” reveals Loretta Walker, OPI Educator.


“Your client skin tone should always be the main focus when choosing a base shade for your French manicure. For people with fair or light skin, pink and rose based shades are best, whereas medium and olive skin tones will suit beiges,  light brown nudes. As for dark and deep skin tones, choose creamy/caramel type nudes,” comments Julie-Anne Larivière, Salon System Nail Expert.


“If your choice is limited, make sure you always blend the cover pink with the fullest coverage toward the smile line and the more opaque coverage toward the cuticle area – this way, you can achieve the most natural look for any client of any skin tone whilst getting the most natural effect when the nails begin to grow out,” reveals Paulina Zdrada, owner of The Nail Lab.



For more hints & tips on the classic French, check out the full feature in the May 2021 issue, subscribe here