French manicure is a classic nail design for a long time. French nails are formed by complementation or contrast brought about by different colors between fingertips and nails.
The main manicure types that you will come across are basic, acrylic, gel (including Shellac), French and dip powder.
French manicures work on both long and short nails (with the latter rising in popularity, potentially due to people seeking out the most hygienic nail length possible). Plus, the tips can be painted onto nude or bare nails, so you can let your nails grow out without your nails looking awkward and having to run back to the salon for another appointment.
On this list, you’re sure to find at least one French manicure trend that speaks to your aesthetic. Show your favorite to your nail artists at your next appointment or experiment with painting them on yourself.
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With just a few strokes of the brush, Emily updates this French by…oh, about a century. “Sometimes I enjoy leveling up a classic French with a fun color palette, like rainbow pastel or neon,” she says. “Other times I incorporate geometric or organic shapes for a funkier twist.” Here, she pairs basic black with periwinkle shade Kanpai OPI!