The French manicure is hands down the most classic of all . It’s simple, elegant and easy to achieve at home, so naturally, we’ll always love this look. Traditional French manicure nails feature a nude or transparent blush pink nail with solid white tips, but it’s fun to play with designs and ideas that are a bit more out the box!
Apply clear or slightly pink tinted polish to clean, dry nails. Then, use a thin paintbrush and gold nail varnish to paint the drip effect at the tips. This nail design will look great with any metallic polish.
Upside down manicure
This is a style that works well as both a long and short nails manicure. Apply clear varnish to your nails, then paint a thin line of Essie Nail Lacquer in Beach Bum Blue that follows the curve of your nail bed. You can use a fine paintbrush, or use a French manicure guide but place it upside down at the base of your nail.
Black and caramel brown is a match made in heaven and makes for a stunning French Manicure colour combo. Start with nude nails, and apply a wide band of luxurious Essie Nail Lacquer in Mink Muffs at the tips. Finish with a thin line of creamy black Essie Nail Lacquer in Licorice above the brown and seal with top coat.
Tip: use masking tape or sticky tape cut into thin strips as guides. This helps to keep your lines perfectly straight.
is ultra-chic, and this geometric look is easy-peasy to achieve. Paint your nails a nude base colour such as the naturally pink Essie Nail Polish in Not Just A Pretty Face. Apply just a single coat, so the colour is semi-translucent. Use French manicure guides to mask off a thin section of each nail tip, but place the tape at an angle, so the curve is off centre. Paint the tips with jet-black Essie Nail Lacquer in Licorice and finish with a top coat to prevent chipping.
Is there anything more French than a sprinkling of tiny polka dots? Dizzy dots give this French manicure a flirty charm, while still retaining loads of elegant and understated appeal. Apply a coat of classic Essie Nail Lacquer in Ballet Slippers, then use a nail dotting tool to paint tiny dots of sheer-finish Essie Nail Lacquer in Licorice in a curve along the nail bed. Most nail supply stores have a good selection of dotting tools - and it’s worth the investment if you enjoy nail art. Or, use a toothpick dipped into nail polish.