8 Unique Ways To Update Your French Manicure

8 Unique Ways To Update Your French Manicure

The good old French manicure dates as far back as the 18th century. This particular nail art has been the favourite of us for a really long time. But with the advent of chrome nails and colourful nail paints, this classy white and transparent polish look seemed to have taken a backseat. This new year, beauty and make-up experts are predicting the revival of this art with new techniques. Decals & stickers, stripes, fishnet accents offer new ways to wear a French manicure right now.

French Fishnets

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French tips and fishnets go hand in hand style wise, so why not combine the two vampy choices into one? Start with a bare nail, then hand paint a grid or use a nail stencil to get the crosshatched design. Once dry, paint your tips white and finish with a clear base. 

Understated Stripe

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This look is a subtle way to update the classic French manicure. After your white tips are dry, underline each with a stripe of nude and finish off the look with a clear topcoat. Actually you can play with the muted tones of mauve, pink, lilac or powdered blue for a little warm yet classy look.

Floral Decals/Stickers

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An easy addition to the French tip? Decals and stickers. After creating the traditional look, layer a thin coat of clear top coat. While tacky, gingerly set your design with the help of a tweezer and press down. Finish with a topcoat to secure. Decal and sticker chioce mary vary depending on the occassion you are wearing these nails.

Mondrian Outlines

Focus on this manicure’s ring finger. The white tip is lined in black for a graphic, Mondrian-esque design. But yes, you have to be really patient and an artist (as you have to paint these with paint brush) to create these kind of a design.


For this checkerboard nail, start with a classic French tip. Once dry, apply black boxes to create the design and finish with a clear topcoat.

Double Lined

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This minimal nail updates the French tip with the simple additional of a corresponding middle line. For that section, mimic the curve of your tip to get the cleanest look.

French Fade

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Apply the concept of French manicure—white tips with a nude base—to the ongoing ombre trend. For best results, apply the two polishes on a makeup sponge and continuously dab onto the nail. Finish with a topcoat.

Micro Details

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Bust out a thin brush to paint micro details to the base of your nail for a playful design. This back-to-school manicure features a yellow bus, a pencil, and a teeny tiny chalkboard. Again, you have to be very careful while creating these designs. To start with, just go for one nail.

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