12 Twists on the French Manicure to Try

by Chinea Rodriguez



Nail trends come and go but there’s one style that’s proved to be an enduring trend. In between neon, cow print and tortoise shell manis there’s been a resurgence of the French manicure dominating our Instagram feeds. The classic French mani (clear-pinkish base and white tips) that we last saw popularized in the early 00s is coming back with an updated twist. 


Spotted on everyone from Beyoncé to Bella Hadid, the new French mani is incorporating other nail trends like gradient and neon, using interesting shapes, bold color combos, nail art, glitter and more. Mix and match trends, pair a new shape with a Fall color or the classic with Halloween nail art, what better way to welcome Fall than with a mani that has it all? 


Considering dipping a finger into nail art or bored with your go-to nude? There’s nothing better than the subtle French mani with a twist and you can still use Essie’s Ballet Slippers if you feel inclined. We’ve scoured the internet for inspiration you can bring to your next nail appointment. 


This ombré  manicure proves pastels aren’t just for spring. Manicurist Hannah Lee shared a quick tutorial on how she achieved this pastel look with Floss Gloss, China Glaze and more. 


Pull inspiration from this micro-mani worn by the models at Khaite’s SS 20 show at New York Fashion Week. Nail artist Betina Goldstein used Essie’s Mademoiselle and super thin line of white polish to achieve the look. 



Add a twist to the classic shape with this edgier chevron shape and black and white polish. 



The French mani even works with nail art, as demonstrated by Beyoncé’s go-to manicurist.



An almond shape adds a modern touch to the classic style. 



For those too afraid to go full neon, this is the perfect subtle alternative. 



Pair graphic accents with the classic look on almond shaped nails. 



Pull off two trends at once with this multi-colored mani similar to the gradient nails trend. 



Who says the line has to go straight across the nail? Miss Pop used Chanel Le Vernis in Pure White to achieve the look. 



Another NYFW appearance for this trend, Miss Pop used Zoya polishes to get this creamsicle colored mani at Oscar de la Renta’s show 



Trade in the French tip for flames, in this case icey blue. 



The easiest way to rep all your favorite brands is on your nails, nail artist Anouska used the space to freehand paint logos.

Image Credit: Popsugar

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