The French tip dates from the 18th century. The style took a brief hiatus in the mid-2000s, but the most recent iterations are a far cry from the thick, angular acrylics of the past. Right now, rainbow accents, minimalist outlines, and angular accents offer new ways to wear a French manicure (Classy French Nails).
Color Blocking: Classy French Nails
This version of a French manicure, like the original, relies on classic straight lines that highlight the nail tips. The different colours on each nail, the thicker block of colour, and the matte topcoat make it more modern.
V for Rainbow: Classy French Nails
With this design, you don’t have to choose just one polish colour. Each nail is accented with a darker and lighter colour. Furthermore, the v-shaped paint job visually lengthens the nail.
Psychedelic Blend: Classy French Nails
A retro ’60s vibe is given off by multi-colored swirls painted in a non-uniform pattern. This look will be just as trippy in any colour combination.
Tortoise Suggestions: Classy French Nails
These delicately painted tortoise tips appear to be fine jewellery placed perfectly at the end of each nail bed.
French with two tones: Classy French Nails
The detail is subtle, but each nail has a slight colour variation on each side of the black stripe accenting these tips. If you look closely, you’ll notice that each colour has a lighter and darker version.
French Floral: Classy French Nails
What could be more spring-like than flowers painted on your nails? The florals are not only different on each tip, but the design is also limited to the edges of each nail for effortless sprig vibes.
The Traditional: Classy French Nails
If you prefer the traditional French manicure, update your look by wearing it with a white cat-eye.
Rainbows in Black
Rainbows look great with a curved tip. Try this technicolour twist on the Frenchie, but use a black base for a more moody look.
Graphics in black and white
Accent your white French tips with black hyper-graphic details.
The French Position
The French line, which you trace along your nail bed in black, is a minimalist approach to the French manicure. It’s really that simple (Classy French Nails).
This monochrome look is a French tip, half-moon combo that will go with anything. Allow enough time for the first colour to dry before applying the second lacquer.
Marble nails are a popular choice. Why not give it a shot this summer with French tips? We love this purple version, which is complemented by a full marble nail.
Fishnets from France
French tips and fishnets go together in terms of style, so why not combine the two vampy options into one? Begin with a bare nail, then hand paint a grid or use a nail stencil to create a crosshatched pattern. After your tips have dried, paint them white and finish with a clear base.
This look, as seen on ELLE.com’s beauty guru Julie Schott, is a subtle update on the French manicure. After your white tips have dried, underline each with a nude stripe and finish with a clear topcoat.
Outlines by Piet Mondrian
Concentrate on the ring finger of this manicure. For a graphic, Mondrian-esque design, the white tip is lined in black.