French Manicure Nail Designs: Beyond Boring White Tips
by Hilary Braaksma
The French manicure is a timeless, tried-and-true style perfect for nearly any occasion, but let’s face it: What white tips offer in classic, clean style, they lack in creativity. If you’re looking for a way to spice up the stylish staple, click through for our roundup of updated French manicure nail designs.
Black on Black French Manicure
Double Black French Manicure
All you need to recreate this trendy, understated double French mani is black polish, a clear coat, and a nail art brush. This is the perfect nail art for staying on trend in a professional envoironment. See the video tutorial here!
Silver Tipped French Manicure
This silver tipped manicure is a sweet and subtle way to rock two of the year’s hottest trends: pastels and metallic. Start with pink polish as a base coat, and use a nail brush or tape to add a silver tip.
Floral Tips French Manicure
Edged French Manicure
The edging on the Nail Buff’s beige and black French manicure is a super professional and polished update on a timeless nail style. Get this look by painting only the very edges of your nails rather than a line on top.
Diagonal French Manicure
Use a cream-color base coat with light pink and hot pink accents to nail this flirty French manicure from Sonailicious. Use nail tape to section off the diagonal edges, but be sure to leave ample dry time between coats.
Reverse French Manicure
Want something a little more edgy than the classic French manicure? Try this reverse look from Nail Junkie by tipping the bottom of your nail with a contrasting color.
Striped French Manicure
Pointed French Manicure
This pointed French manicure by Kayla Shevonne is the perfect way to rock trendy geometrical designs without worrying about a busy pattern. Use nail tape and black polish to create the pointed tips, and add nail gems to the center for an extra dose of glamour.
Ombre French Manicure
Ombre nails have been everything the past few seasons, but Reese Kistel’s take on the French manicure is so much more sophisticated. Use a makeup sponge with beige and white polish to create this fresh look.
Grunge French Manicure
Mermaid French Manicure
The best part about the Little Mermaid-inspired French mani from Polish Art Addict is that it’s subtle enough to be taken seriously, but cute enough to make you feel like a kid at heart.
Chevron French Manicure
Heart Shaped French Manicure
This sweetheart nail art from Ishah x Beauty is a simple update to the classic French mani. Use pink or red polish to make curves in the shape of a heart. All you need is a nail brush and a steady hand.