French Manicure Nail Art: 16 Trendy Takes on the Classic Nail Design

Fancied-up French manis are the hottest thing in nail art. After all, why walk the line when you can squiggle, zigzag or scallop?

Silver Foil Nail Art

Silver Foil Nail Art

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To create this ultra-glamorous look, work / play / polish paired bottles from Illamasqua ($23) and Sally Hansen ($3), proving that when it comes to nail art, expensive and affordable can make excellent partners.

Wide Tips Nail Art

Wide Tips Nail Art

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The Manicurator painted bold cherry red tips atop glittery gold. So chic for a holiday party!

Colorful French Nail Art

 

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Watch as we use paper French nail strips—sometimes called “nail guides”—to paint bright tips on a cool taupe base.

Pop of Pink French Nail Art

Pop of Pink French Nail Art

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These two-tone tips from The Polished Perfectionist would have fulfilled all our preteen beauty fantasies, combining ballet pink with 90s-era neon!

Gilded Tips Nail Art

Gilded Tips Nail Art

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Double lines of gold are a gorgeous contrast to creamsicle-colored nails. Head over to The Nailasaurus for the easy how-to.

Scallop Tip Nail Art

Scallop Tip Nail Art

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Such a fun riff on the sheer polish and white trim of a classic French manicure—courtesy of Chalkboard Nails.

Fishtail French Nail Art

Fishtail French Nail Art

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Hard-edged chevron nails are morphing into softer designs reminiscent of fishtail braids. This example from Chalkboard Nails won us over with its dreamy color scheme and seamless design.

Ombre Tips Nail Art

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Everyday makeup sponges and humble toothpicks are the secret behind these soft-effect hot pink tips. Watch the step-by-step technique, then mix up your own signature creation.

Angled French Nail Art

Angled French Nail Art

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Retro perfection: Using tape to create the design and a soft brush to lift away excess, Nailed It trimmed baby blue nails with super-glittery crescents.

Dark French Nail Art

Dark French Nail Art

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This luxe gray-and-nude French mani from The Model Stage Blog makes us want to slip on a stole and sip a martini, but we’ll settle for wearing it to our next meeting.

Studded French Nail Art

Studded French Nail Art

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Tiny—1.5mm to be exact—studs are the only embellishment you need for an edgy black mani. For the neatest results, The Nailasaurus kept her nails short and gently squared.

Arabesque French Nail Art

Arabesque French Nail Art

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The Manicurator chose opaque black and white polishes for this alluringly exotic manicure, but your favorite jewel tones would be equally gorgeous.

Dotted French Nail Art

Dotted French Nail Art

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The Polish Perfectionist lives up to her name with this ultra-feminine manicure that works for day and night. We envision it with a black-and-white blouse or lacy dress.

Tape Technique Nail Art

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Learn how to master the tape technique—the simplest and most powerful of all nail art methods—with this step-by-step video

Jade Curtain Nail Art

Jade Curtain Nail Art

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Bold, clean and simple, this graphic mani from Chalkboard Nails pairs beautifully with minimalist blouses, chunky knits and anything leather. The key to a seamless finish? Applying topcoat before nails are 100% dry.

Glitter French Tips

Glitter French Tips

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Want an easy manicure that sparkles even in low light? You can’t beat this moody-glam look from work / play / polish.

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