Once upon a time, French manicures were the be-all, end-all nail look. Of course, that was in the 90's when we also reached for bulky crimpers and denim-on-denim. And while the French mani definitely made a comeback at Fashion Week this year, it's taking new form as an ombré look (instead of the thin white lines we used to painstakingly try to DIY).
Today, the updated French is appropriately been dubbed "ombré pink nails"—and are usually created on longer tips (as it provides more room to bring the fade to life). That's not to say short nails can't get in on the look as well, rather that there are less examples of shorter French fades on the 'gram.
That said, we scoured all the hashtags associated with the nail look to deliver the most gorgeous examples of ombré pink nails on all nail lengths, shapes, and sizes. Ahead, 20 ombré pink nails ideas to inspire your next manicure.
Darker Pink Ombré Nails
These short pink ombré nails feature a slightly darker rosy hue for a peek of color that looks a tad less natural than a classic French manicure. To create the look yourself, add a drop of pale pink polish next to slightly darker nail polish on a plate—making sure that the edges are touching. Use a small sponge to pick up the paint and dab it onto your clean nails, picking up new paint for each nail. Top it off with top coat et voila—a beautiful French-inspired DIY.
Inverted Pink Ombré Nails
Want to flip the pink ombré manicure trend on its head? This nail art design puts the paler shade at the base of the nail, extending into the rosier pink at the tip.
Squoval Pink Ombré Nails
The pink ombré nail trend pairs beautifully with squoval nail shapes. To prep your nail properly before painting, teach yourself how to file your nails into the perfect squoval shape.
Lime Pink Ombré Nails
You can score the same blurred French effect without committing solely to pale pink and white. Here, celebrity manicurist Chaun P. Legend (who is responsible for many of Kylie Jenner's nail looks) used the same neutral base but instead of extending into white, he opted for a hint of lime instead. We don't know about you, but we're obsessed with the electric fade.
Dewy Pink Ombré Nails
Some nails are glossy, some are matte. These nails, however, manage to look dewy AF. The pink ombré comes off as slightly translucent, giving it what we can only describe as the cloudless glass skin effect, but for nails.
To make nails look even dewier, start with a healthy cuticle. Apply Olive & June's Cuticle Serum twice daily for a hydrated base that accentuates the gloss-factor in your top coat.
Pearlescent Pink Ombré Nails
Whether you're looking for wedding nail art or simply love the shiny appeal of a pair of pearls, these metallic pink and white nails are for you. They're made that much more eye-catching with their ballerina shape, though they look equally as pretty on squoval and shorter nails as well.