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.
Logomania Pink Ombré Nails
Logo nails are the more affordable way to show some love for your favorite fashion house. In this example, the ring finger nail is adorned with the sheerest shade of shimmer and an unmistakable Louis Vuitton logo for the ultimate hypebae 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.
Ballerina Pink Ombré Nails
These pink ombré nails look fresh and clean on the slight ballerina nail shape. For added allure, the design features gold flakes sealed with top coat. Super simple and effortlessly pretty.
Inverted Pink Ombré Nails
Want to flip the pink ombré manicure trend on its head? This nail art design puts the rosier shade at the base of the nail, extending into the pale 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.
Square Pink Ombré Nails
It only makes sense to pair one of the most popular nail shapes with the season's hottest nail design. Pop a few rhinestones on an accent nail to keep the style youthful.
Mismatched Pink Ombré Nails
These pink ombré nails change the narrative on the trend, as they feature some traditional French fades paired with inverted colors for a mismatched effect. And, with a top coat of glitter, they're that much more eye-catching.
Lime Pink Ombré Nails
We don't know about you, but we're obsessed with the electric fade. Watermelon vibes, anyone?
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.
Acrylic Pink Ombré Nails
These pink ombré nails are simply gorgeous. They manage to make fingers look longer and leaner while pairing beautifully with accessories.
Cotton Candy Pink Ombré Nails
These cotton candy rainbow cuties bud into bright pops of pastel color and take on a vertical ombre instead of a classic horizontal. Um, yes please.
Bright Pink Ombré Nails
Ombré meets tie dye in this bright pink style. We're loving the coffin shape and how each nail is mismatched.
Holographic Pink Ombré Nails
Just like you can opt for colors over plain white for your French ombré manicure, you can choose holographic shades, too. These nails are definitely more advanced and will require dip powder to create, so be sure to make an appointment with your manicurist.
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 multi-colored pink nailsare for you. They're made that much more eye-catching with their squoval shape, though they look equally as pretty on ballerina and shorter nails as well.
Matte and Holographic Pink Ombré Nails
Can't decide whether you want to go matte or holographic? Why choose when you have five fingers to dedicate to both? Here, the person chose to have a holographic statement ring finger paired with matte pink ombré for an entirely eye-catching manicure.
Simple Pink Ombré Nails
These simple nails feature a neutral pink ombré fade layered with a nude base for a universally flattering mani.
Rosy Pink Ombré Nails
Here we have a set of pink ombré nails that feature a bit more pink in comparison to white. Despite the longer pop of color, the nail design still looks super natural.
Oval Pink Ombré Nails
On the bring of oval and almond, these pink ombré nails look dainty and refined. To take them up a notch, consider adding rhinestones to the mix.
Mauvey Pink Ombré Nails
The base of these pink ombré nails is ever-so-slightly darker than the other examples, giving the finished look a romantic mauve effect. That's the beauty of this nail trend, you can vary the pink base shade for a uniquely-you French fade that mimics your skin's undertones.
Pink Ombré Claws
These long, tapered nails look even more chic with the trendy pink ombré polish trend. If this hasn't convinced you to hop on the French ombré nail trend, who knows what will.