Ideas for French Manicure Colors

The traditional French manicure has grown to include new color options.
The traditional French manicure has grown to include new color options. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Traditional French manicures have come a long way from the standard white tips and pink nail bed shades of old. You can change with the times, too, and explore the newest in French manicures. Start by changing one or both of your French manicure colors. Move on to add color in a different way such as on top of your French manicure.

Reverse Color

Reverse the nail color location of your French manicure. Put the white on your nail bed instead of the tip and color your tip with the pink nail polish. According to the website French Manicure, reversing the color of the French manicure is just one of the new trends being done to traditional French manicures.

Gothic Color

Black nail polish is another nail trend that impacted the traditional French manicure. The pink nail bed will stay the same, but instead of using a white tip you can request a black-tipped nail at your nail salon. This look is popular among the Gothic crowd, which favors black.

Bride Color Art

Another new nail idea is to combine nail art with a traditional French manicure for brides who want a little something more. For example, nail technicians can create half of a flower on one side of the lower or top nail, using pale pink or white flowers, with a petal or two elsewhere on each of the nails. Gold color can be used for the flower's normal center, placed in the center of the nail art petals. Adding the flower nail art, in softer colors, adds to the special occasion but isn't too ostentatious.

Colored Tips

Maintain the normal pink nail bed color but experiment with different colored nail tips for your French manicure. Wear fiery red for nights on the town. Opt for yellow tips for outdoor picnics or hikes or color your French manicure tips blue if a swim is in the offing.

Frosted French

Using the traditional pink color nail bed base and the white tips, your nail technician can give you the frosted French manicure by adding an opalescence polish coat to make your nails have a pearl look, according to Elegant Nails. For a twist to this look, just add a shimmer or frost polish to the pink nail bed color only, leaving the white tip "as is."

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