French Tip Nail Art & Manicures are a Modern Classique

Posted by Kara Crail

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French manicures are an absolute staple in nail art. Since the style was first coined in the 1970’s by Orly’s Jeff Pink, it’s been the go-to for anyone who wants clean, neutral nails, and by the looks of it, this style isn’t leaving anytime soon. But we’ve come a long way since the 1970’s pink and white style of french tips. The classic design has evolved over decades to incorporate a variety of shapes, colors, and accents while still being reminiscent of the timeless look.
Today, there are an infinite number of ways to embellish and personalize your french tip nail style, and our French nail stamping plates makes french manicures even easier to create. Take some inspo from the following ideas and pick up our Classique french nail art collection plates for infinite timeless manicures for every occasion.

5 Types of French Manicure Nail Ideas

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Gradients & Ombre French Nails

The classic french tip design can sometimes be too harsh of a contrast, especially when it features a very hard line, but an ombre using the timeless colors of a french manicure still achieves that same healthy glow while understating the transition from nail bed to nail tip for even longer wear time. Use the full nail gradient pattern from our Pardon My French (m052) stamping plate for fast, easy french manicure ideas. Use traditional blushing nude nail beds with bright white tips for a softer, more subtle french nail art design. 


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Shape of Aesthetic Nails

Shape is extremely important when it comes to customizing your french manicure and giving your nails some personality. From the length and shape of your actual nail to the style of your french tip design, just a few simple lines can create an entirely different look. Use the rectangular-shaped design from Pardon My French (m052) to create an edgier look with sharp angled, geometric french tips (like this one by @mrkate) and sharp claws or find your cute and feminine side with rounded almond shaped nails and curved french tips from our Pardon My French (m052) stamping plate.


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Accent in Colorful Nails

Adding a few accents over your french manicure pushes the boundaries of your nail art. Use our Pardon My French (m052) stamping plate to add cute shapes, squiggles, and lines for a trendy, mod vibe. Experiment with the placement of your “french tips” by accenting the side of your nails or the tops of your nail beds. Accessorize your nails with smaller designs like this neon french mani by @polishedjess. 
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Sparkle in White Tip Nail Designs

Glam up with glitter, metallics, holographics, and duochrome. Using polishes with special finishes or sprinkling on a bit of glitter or nail art powder is a fast and easy way to bring your french mani to the 21st century. Mix up sparkles and cream finish nail polish for some funky, chic nail art like this one by @hannys_manis.
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Who says french manicures need to be pink and white?! Get with the program. Your french mani can span the entire spectrum of colors. Using your favorite colors is one of the easiest ways to create a totally unique and modern look. In 2019, pastels and neons (like this mani by @pinkieconspiracie) seem to be all the rage for french tip nail art designs.
A timeless classic doesn't need to be boring. Just add a bit of creativity and you've got something completely new! Need even more french manicure inspo? Check out our Pinterest board, French Tip Nail Art, featuring tons of ways to dress up this timeless classic and make it your own. 
All of these styles and more can be accomplished with our Pardon My French Nail Stamping Starter Kit. So tap into your creativity today and make your own unique twist on a modern classique!
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