23 French Ombré Nail Designs to Try

French Ombre Nails

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By now, you've definitely heard of ombré hair, but what about ombré nails? Yep—you can ombré your manicure, too. But if bold, gradient colors are a little too much for you, fear not: A fun and fresh twist on the traditional French manicure, the "French ombré" trend has taken over Instagram, and we're seriously swooning.

Similar to a French manicure, French ombré manicures also typically stick to neutral shades of pink, white, and varying nude tones. But as opposed to the traditional line of demarcation below a bold, white tip, a French ombré has a natural fade element instead. The end result? A gorgeous modern twist on a true classic.

You may have even heard of this trend referred to as "baby boomer nails." While it's not entirely known where this nickname came from, it's been rumored to be because during the baby boom (1946-1964) many women opted to paint their nails in shades of pink and white. Ahead, see 23 of our favorite French ombré nail looks on Instagram right now.

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French Fade

Classic pink-to-white French ombre manicure


In this classic take on a French ombre manicure, the vibrant white tip gradually darkens to a pretty petal pink near the cuticle. The color-coordinated scrunchies are a nice touch, too.

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Short and Glossy

We love the gradient effect and high-shine topcoat on these short, natural-looking nails.

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A Little Glitter

Adding a holographic glitter accent nail to this pink and white French ombré manicure certainly kicks it up a notch.

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Slay with Subtlety

Light tan to cream subtle French ombre manicure


This is so close to a natural nail look, we had to do a double-take. The shape, the colors, and the glossy shine of the gel are all stunning in the most subtle way.

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Pink and White Coffin French

These long, coffin-shaped nails feature a bright, salmon-pink base and begin a fade midway to eggshell white. We think they're perfection.

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Short and Sweet

Short and subtle neutral French ombre manicure


We firmly believe nails don't have to be long to make a statement. This short and sweet set is perfectly understated, with the ombré effect starting high up, closer to the cuticle.

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A Pop of Color

A spin on the "traditional" French ombré, this gorgeous mani takes the ombré technique to the tip with neon colors that add a pop of fun.

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Powdered and Perfect

You can achieve a French ombré manicure with powder dip, too. We're loving this look and the midway fade.

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Slight Sparkle

Pink and white French ombre manicure with diamond sparkle accent nails


Look closely and you'll see the light reflecting off the perfectly applied iridescent sparkle polish on each ring fingernail. It's a little fun accent you have to look closely to appreciate.

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Be Square

The square shape of these nails adds a little bit of edge (pardon the pun) to the sophisticated trend.

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Perfectly Polished

Pink-toned seamless French ombre manicure on outdoor floral background


The expert-level fade here makes this set of rose-toned nails look like a traditional French manicure, but when you look closely, you can see the airbrush-like transition.

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Almost Invisible

Ultra-subtle pale pink French ombre manicure


Look closer...closer...closer. It''s there, right at the edge. This fade is so sweetly subtle that you have to really look—and we love it.

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Confetti, Anyone?

Light pink to white French ombre with corner dots detail


In keeping with the classy, subtle theme of the French ombré, these adorable yet eye-catching dots placed at the nail base add the tiniest bit of festiveness to an otherwise demure look.

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Baby Boomer Beautiful

Another beautiful example of a classic, gradient, and glossy French ombré manicure, this one has especially frosty white tips.

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French Ombré With Sparkle

A little sparkle will always take your manicure to the next level.

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Chic Press-Ons

Achieve the French ombré manicure of your dreams in a flash with these press-on nails.

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A Butterfly Accent

Make your French ombré manicure stand out with an eye-catching gold butterfly sticker.

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Snowflake Ombré Nails

French ombre nails with white snowflake accents


During the winter, make your nails feel festive by adding a sophisticated snowflake design.

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Classic Fade

Long pink ombre nails with gold rings


You can never go wrong with a classic French ombré manicure. To create this look, use The Gel Bottle polishes in Petal and Daisy.

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Tiny Gems

French ombre manicure with one rhinestone nail


Enhance the glamour of your French ombré manicure by adding tiny gems to one finger.

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A Mix of Designs

French ombre manicure with white accent nail with gold pair of stripes


Put a spin on the traditional French ombré manicure by mixing different designs.

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All Over Jewels

Give your manicure a twist by adding unique jewel designs to each nail.

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Pop of Pearls

There's nothing more elegant than a French ombré manicure with pearls.

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