The Fool-Proof Way to Do Your Own French Tips, the Nostalgic Trend Making a Comeback
Is there a difference between French tips and a French manicure?
When someone says they want French tips as opposed to a French manicure, Dasha Minina, a nail technician and founder of Maxus Nails and BeauticianList, says it likely means they want artificial nail tips which are already painted with a white tip,
A French manicure, however, is when the tips of the nail are painted a different color than the rest of the natural nail. Traditionally, a French manicure would mean a white tip with a nude or pink base color.
What does a French manicure look like today?
In the past, French manicures often appeared on thick, square-shaped nails or acrylic tips. However, anything goes for modern takes on the trend.
"Any design that incorporates a different color that's painted on the free edge of the nail is a type of a French manicure," Minina explains. "Many different designs, color patterns, and textures can be incorporated to make a unique version of the French manicure. Recently, nail shapes started playing a role, too."
What's the best way to do a French manicure?
In essence, the step-by-step instructions for achieving a French manicure are pretty simple. Once your nails are prepped and shaped, apply a base color of polish. Then you paint the tip of the nail. According to Minina, the key to creating a crisp, clean smile line (the contrasting color at the top of the nail) is to use proper design brushes during the process.
Another game-changing hack is to use a very good top coat. "Maxus Nails FINITO top coat is a fast-drying formula that's ideal for nail designs [as it] doesn't drag polish during application," Minina shares. Goodbye, smudged smile lines.