While a classic, French Manicures can become quite mundane over time. Whether you are getting your nails professionally done or partaking in a little DIY project, it’s sometimes a good idea to add a modern flair to this universal look.
A typical French Mani consists of a white border that follows the curvature of the nail and a clear top coat. You can never go wrong with this, as it remains classy and goes with everything. However, you can always have fun with it.
Instead of relying on the natural color of your nails, use a pale or light, frosty pink or peach. The polish should be slightly sheer as well. This allows the color of your nails to show through while adding extra shine and clarity, almost like a diamond. Then paint the white curve at the tip of the nail and top with a clear coat.
With the pink or peach varnish, you can also swap the white border for silver glitter. You can use a clear polish to make fine glitter to adhere to your nail as YouTube beauty guru, Bubzbeauty, demonstrates in this video, or use a clear polish with glitter accents in it.
Another alternate French Manicure technique is simply using a nail pen or thin toothpick to draw a sparkling silver line below the white. The silver acts as a barrier between the white border and the nail’s color. Think of it like a picture frame; the silver is the mat accenting a pearly frame.
Normally, the white border matches the curve of the nail. Try using the color block technique that has been taking over the fashion and beauty industry lately. Paint the white straight, so it looks like a half circle or a dome. Your nail shape can be curved or squared as well, altering the appearance of the white. To enhance the color block technique, add that silver line mentioned above.
There are many ways to vary a French Manicure and still maintain that elegant, chic look for any occasion. Use these ideas as a springboard to personalize your mani’s, and have fun being creative with the classics.