21 French Manicure Ideas That Don’t Scream 1997
There’s no question about it: The '90s are having a major moment in fashion and beauty right now. From the return of scrunchies and barrettes to the comeback of plaid, velvet and (gulp) hip-hugger jeans, the decade has influenced our wardrobe and grooming choices once more. And though we’re happy to leave certain trends behind for good (no one needs to see your crack every time you sit or bend down, thank you very much), there is one look we still have a soft spot for and that’s a set of painted tips. Here are 21 new French manicure ideas for 2020.
1. The Classic French
Go for a sheer nude base (as opposed to the pale pink we used to rock when we were 14) and a softer almond shape to elongate your nail beds and elevate the overall effect.
2. Black Tips
If white feels a bit too basic, try painting the tips black for an edgier effect.
3. Red Tips
You could also swap in a fiery red during warmer months. When it comes to French tips in 2020, any color goes.
4. Neon Tips
Full-on fluorescent nails might be a tad loud for your taste, but a sliver on the tips is just right.
5. Tie-Dye Tips
Wherein two '90s trends become one. (Why yes, that was indeed a Spice Girls reference.)
6. Stripes on Stripes
Fact: Double the stripes, double the fun.
7. Matte Multi-Tone
Why choose one color when you can rock five? Better yet, add a matte topcoat to keep things cool and not like you just dipped your hands into a crayon box.
8. Designer Tips
Aka the most affordable way to wear Chanel.
9. Scalloped Edges
French manicures are traditionally known for their impeccably straight lines. We’re going to soften the look with some scalloped edges instead.
10. Lipstick Nails
Not a fan of square tips? Bored by rounded edges? Try lipstick nails, which are filed at a diagonal slant to resemble your favorite tube.
11. Sparkly Lines
Colorful metallics meet a skinny sliver of glitter for a minimalist look that shines.
12. Tortoise Tips
It was arguably the trendiest animal print for the latter half of 2019, and you can revamp the tortoiseshell trend this year by keeping it just to the tips. All you need are tonal shades of brown polish, a drop of black to anchor the spots and a shiny topcoat to complete this look
13. Patriotic Tips
Bookmarking this one for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
14. French Florals
Add a little whimsy to your French mani with matching florals along your cuticles.
15. Citrus Accents
For the perfect complement to your beachwear, consider a splash of yellow on the tips and a few white lines to transform your nails into little citrus wedges. After all, why wait for life to hand you lemons?
16. Transparent tips
For all of our friends with short nail beds: You can always add extensions. Better yet, make them clear for the ultimate illusion of length.
17. Metallic edges
You got your dress, booked a venue and finalized a seating chart. All that’s left are the finishing touches, and by that we mean your day-of manicure, of course. We’re guessing you want it to be special but subtle so it doesn’t compete with the rest of your look, right? Ask and you shall receive.
18. Mirrored Tips
To re-create this look at home, apply your nail polish along your cuticles and on your tips. You can use the same color polish (as shown above) or contrasting shades (like orange and purple or black and white) to really make them pop.
19. Holographic ombré tips
We love how these hot-pink tips fade into holographic edges. The nude base keeps the look relatively subdued (and guarantees a smooth grow-out).
20. Outlined Tips
Like the idea of a French mani but prefer a more graphic look? Paint your nails a creamy nude and use a brighter shade to outline your tips for similarly striking effect.
21. Linear Tips
For a minimalist iteration of a French mani, simply take a skinny brush and draw a line across each nail bed. Double them up for added impact.