Like French toast or French fries, the French manicure is a total misnomer. The iconic design actually originated in the Southern California offices of Orly nail polish as a versatile look for Hollywood actresses. Still, the manicure calls upon the minimalist vibes of the Parisian beauty aesthetic, which is often bare nails or, at most, a classic red. It's all the more ironic that, decades later, the (Americanized) French mani is taking over the streets of Paris Fashion Week.
Keep scrolling to find close-ups of the trending tip, sourced straight from the Champs-Élysées, then shop the exact nail polish you need to try your favorite adaptation.
Here, proof that teal is the ultimate transitional nail color and perfect for your entrée into spring. The blue-green French tip is best paired with neutral tones, like khaki, white, and black.
If you have long nails, try a deep-French style — which takes up more space on the nail bed than a traditional stripe — and go for a dark tone, like this matte sable brown.
This geometric tip is another rad play on the design, but made even more chic in a classic shade of red.
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