You’ve probably heard of or seen a traditional French tip manicure. The basic French tip consists of only two colors – a pinkish or “flesh tone” on the bed of the nail and a white or off-white for the tip. It mimics your nail’s natural coloration and presents a crisp, clean look.
Here’s a quick tutorial for traditional French tips, in case you’ve never tried them before:
Traditional French nails are pretty, but they’re also a little boring. Luckily, there are a million ways to jazz them up, and we’ve collected some gorgeous French nail art tutorials to help you do just that. These designs stray from the common pink and white tones, adding flair, fun, and eye catching decorations.
When possible, we’ve included lists of the products used, so you can easily duplicate your favorite look.
Traditional French Manicure with Red Hearts
Add a fun twist to your traditional French manicure with this tutorial. The simple addition of red hearts and black dots creates a cute retro design that’s flirty and girly.
Can’t draw hearts? That’s okay! Just use a nail stamp – as shown in the video – and you’ll get perfect hearts every time.
Glittery Purple French Nails with Flowers
This nail art design is a bit more involved, but the results are definitely worth it. A far cry from the dull traditional French manicure, this look is a cascade of purples, glitter, and sparkly shine. This easy design can be done by beginners, too. It’s wonderful!
(Even if you don’t want to try this design, you might want to watch the beginning of the video to see a cool “tape trick” you can use to get crisp edges on your tips!)
Easy Black Matte French Tips
This take on the traditional French manicure uses matte polish with a glossy tip to create drama and elegance. This would look fantastic with any dark colors. The black shown in this video can be sophisticated or moody. Deep purple would look royal and elegant. Navy would feel restrained and refined. You could even go sultry with dark red! The matte polish adds extra edginess to any colors you choose.
Dramatic Windowpane French Nail Art
Here’s one of those ideas for French tip nails that is certain to turn heads. This unusual “windowpane” design is funky, bold, and fun. Here, it’s shown with black and white, but it would look amazing in almost any colors. Punch up the fun factor by doing the “panes” in multiple colors. Or, add more drama by mixing matte and glossy textures. The possibilities are endless with this design!
Get the Look:
Orly – Bonder
American Apparel – Hassid
American Apparel – T-Shirt
Script Brush – Black Gold by Dynasty 206SL. size 10/0
OPI – Top Coat (Not Shown)
Striped Blue French Tips with Flowers
Let’s finish today’s collection with this amazingly elegant French nail art design. We’re loving the curved tips on this one, because it’s so chic and feminine. The striped tips and cute little flowers are to die for! You could also leave the flowers off, if you want something a bit more modest. Either way, your nails will be gorgeous!
These designs for French tip nails prove that a French manicure doesn’t have to be boring. With a little creativity and color, you can turn your tips into true works of art.
How do you liven up your French tips? Have these tutorials inspired you to create your own twist on this classic look? Speak your mind in the comments section below.