Bookmark The Rainbow French For Your Next Summer Manicure

The best part about something simple and classic — like a French manicure — is that you can always use it as a safe starting point, and add frills and embellishments as you like. From the classic, we've seen spin-offs like the ombré French and the orbital negative-space French. But the most recent French-influenced design is our favorite adaptation on the staple, white-tipped mani.

Similar to the gradient manicure (that's still popular on Instagram), the rainbow French features a different color polish on each fingernail. But, like the basic French tip, the rainbow iteration keeps the majority of the nail bare or nude, with the color striping just the tip of the fingernail.


If you're curious about how the rainbow French manicure reads when you put all five fingers together, scroll through the slides ahead for the best inspiration images — and all the different color ways — that are blowing up on Instagram.

Nail artist Taryn Multack (who goes by her Instagram handle @missladyfinger) got in on the rainbow nail look with this pastel-toned French manicure. Her tips are a mix of yellow, lime-green, blue, and tangerine that call to mind a tropical vacation.
If you want a classic rainbow — as opposed to a color gradient that has tones in the same family — this is your ROYGBIV tip.
Here, London-based salon Wah Nails shows a fun two-toned rainbow French, with a lighter shade of the same color running under the more-pigmented tip.
Rounded tips make a well-shaped backdrop for a minimalist rainbow French that mixes neons and pastels.
If you like to keep your nails on the shorter side, this simple nail design is still easy to pull off.
Look closely, and you'll see that this artist went over her multicolored French tips with a glitter topcoat to give the manicure a little extra shimmer.
With long, square tips, try making your Crayola-colored French tips angular.
Here's a close-up of a similar angular French in a coffin shape, but this manicure is done in a summery, pastel assortment of polishes.
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