I am growing my nails because I'd like to get a simple French manicure. Here is an article I found, 9 surprising things that are ruining your manicure What are your experiences with 1. Keeping your manicure intact 2. Still doing daily housework And gel-based manicures are a big no-no for me. By the way, what color nail polish to buy if I want French manicure (I heard salons add thinners to their nail polish to make it last longer, but manicure won't!) Is it only clears and whites? Or some other colors too?