30 Cool and Trendy French Manicure Ideas


Have you run out of French manicure ideas? Fear not! We are here to guide you through the world of French tips designs! But before diving into it, want to know why is it called a French manicure? Despite the common belief, it does not have origins in France. The technique was invented by Max Factor, a Polish beautician and founder of the self-titled makeup brand, and was aimed for Parisian fashionistas. Later on, the founder of American nail care and polish company Orly, Jeff Pink, named the technique “French manicure and pedicure.” Although it has been in for decades now, there is still plenty to discover in the realm of French mani designs.


Classic French Manicure Designs

French manicure designs vary depending on the season and the reasons are pretty obvious. Since it is summer outside, some bright French mani won’t be inappropriate for any occasion.

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Cute French Manicure with Floral Art

Of course, different French nail designs suit different people. For example, if white French tips are too sweet for such an edgy and confident person like you, go for the black ones!

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Bright and Stylish French Manicure Ideas

If your vacation is still nowhere near, but the dreams of the ocean and beaches won’t leave you alone, there is a way out. You should ask your nail master to give you stripy, blue and white French manicure!

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Starling Rhinestones Designs For French Manicure

Metallic colors totally rock this season. So, go for a metallic base to keep up with the trend and go for bright-colored French tips to keep up with the style. As simple as that!

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Unusual French Manicure Ideas

We discovered the metallic-based mani, but what about something reversed? Let’s say gold French tips and a neutral base? It sounds simple but when you look at it, it is so breath-taking!

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Simple Designs for Elegant French Manicure

There are those ladies who are eternally devoted to classic French no matter what. But even in such a case we have something new to add. That is a simple graphical design added to the usual art. Do not thank us!

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Chic French Nail Designs

What happens if we combine two classic designs into one? Not sure about all the rest but French tip and ombre combined look fabulous and even classier than the two separately.

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Glitter French Mani

A surefire way to spark up your low-key French manicure designs is adding glitter to them. You can do it in two ways – by simply applying the glitter to the nail to accentuate it or by adding it to the tips instead of white nail polish. So that it does not clash with the classic flair of the French manicure, opt for glitter in complementing shades, such as pink, gold or pink-gold.

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Funny Colorful French Manicure

Your French nail designs should not always look restrained and muted. If your manicure does not have to suit a formal ambiance, then you are welcome to bring some colors to it. For a funny and creative take on a classic French manicure, switch white tips to bright and colorful ones. If you can’t decide on the color, then you can throw a whole rainbow twist to your nails.

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Animal Print French Manicure Ideas

Animalistic prints can be those perfect patterns for gentle French manicure.

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There are plenty of French manicure ideas out there, from elegant and simple to quirky and elaborate. Thus, if you are a fan of French nails, you do not have to flaunt the same mani all the time. We are pretty sure that with the help of our guide, you will not have difficulty choosing a new nail design every time you arrange the meeting with your nail tech.

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  • Timeless and classically simple French manicure is one of the most common beauty treatments. Source
  • French manicures have long been a nail art staple. Source