Breaking news: The French manicure is back! Seriously, the two-toned classic that was once known as the go-to of nail art has been reinvented from simple white tips and a neutral base to a look that includes any colour of the rainbow for a fresh, modern, and amped up version of the French manicure.
Often confused with a boring and outdated staple only to be worn in the '90s, we're seeing designers by the likes of Monique Lhuillier, Jonathan Simkhai, and Tibi breathe new life into contrast tips thanks to colours, metallics, negative space, and graphic shapes.
Willing to give French tips another go? Check out our tips and inspiration for spicing up a basic French manicure.
With a little colour, the simplest designs can often become the most appealing ones. Take a cue from the catwalk at Monique Lhuillier, and swap white tips for an eye-catching colour that compliments various shades and skin tones, like green. Keep your base neutral with a clear top coat, or get creative and opt for a coloured base and top coat, seen on the runway at Veronica Beard.
They say that every cloud has a silver lining. And now, every nail can too! From Isabel Marant to Maison Margiela, designers didn't dare shy away from this shiny shade of the future, giving us all the more reason to apply the trend on our nails this spring-summer 2016! From metallic tips to metallic outlines, this is one trend we can't wait to dip our fingers in!
Tibi's spring-summer 2016 catwalk gave the French manicure a whole new meaning, adding a negative space triangle into the middle of aqua-coloured tips. Negative space divides the colour, giving those around you all the more reason to do a double take at your French tips 2.0. Place a sticker or other aide on the place where you would like to create negative space on your nail, and use a polish of your choice to paint around it. Remove the sticker and voila! Negative space!
Graphic and geometric shapes give French tips the noteworthy upgrade they need, from boring straight lines to carefully artful. This version of the trend may require a trip to the salon, but if you're feeling brave enough, get inspired by Cushnie et Ochs, who used a deep plum polish to create V-shaped tips and triangular negative space for the base of the nail.