If you're like us, as soon as you notice a chip in your manicure, you begin to daydream about the nail art you'll book for your next appointment. While abstract designs and neon accents surely occupy a large amount of real estate in our Instagram "saved" folder, we also find ourselves gravitating toward a simpler, classic look: none other than the French manicure.
Now, we know what you're thinking: That's not new—and you'd be partially correct. Thanks to manicurists at New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 (and all over since then), modernized takes on the standard white tips are popping up left and right. From bright pops of color to tonal ombré nails, ahead you'll discover 25 ways to put a modern spin on the French mani.
Modeled on the Kith runway, these Squoval nails pair with white catty-corner accents for an updated French manicure that we plan to immediately include in our repertoire.
Sometimes all it takes is swapping out white polish for your favorite glittery silver. Our favorite is the Essie Luxeffects Nail Polish ($9) in Set in Stones.
Why settle on just one color when you can wear a rainbow French tip on each nail? To get the look, use a French manicure sticker to section off your nail and serve as a stencil for the fine line between the neutral base and colorful tip. From there, place a few drops of different-colored polishes side-by-side on a plate. Use a sponge to gently pick up all the colors and press it on your nails. It will effortlessly blend between the shades for a subtle faded effect.
Up next: Discover the spooky black-tipped nails that will get you in the Halloween spirit.