20 French Manicure Ideas That Are Anything but Basic

Lemme guess: The first things that come to mind when you hear the words “French manicure” are low-rise jeans, pink Juicy Couture sweatsuits, and super-sticky lip glosses. I feel you, considering French manis were basically ~the~ nail trend of the early 2000s—and even though you probs never wanted to see those white tips again, it’s time you start prepping for their big-ass comeback. Don’t worry, it’s a totally new vibe this time around, ’cause the 2022 version of the French mani is waaay cooler than it’s ever been before—I’m talking color, glitter, and really fun shapes. Ahead, 20 modern French manicure ideas that’ll have you more than ready to hop back on the trend

1. This Yellow-Tipped French Manicure

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Step away from the white tips and add a pop of color to your French manicure. I mean, how fun is this yellow polish?

2. This Wavy French Manicure

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Who says you can’t take on a new shape with your updated French manicure? Instead of that played-out straight line, give your tips a wavy edge.

3. This Gold-Foil French Manicure

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Add a gilded touch to your French manicure by putting oval gold studs around the tips of your nails.

4. This Colorful French Manicure

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Feeling a more colorful vibe? Up the fun level of your French manicure by painting each nail a different color.

5. This Angled French Manicure

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Give the tips of your French manicure an angled swoop—it’s so much cooler than a straight-across line.

6. This Blue-and-Brown French Manicure

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Pair two unexpected colors in your French manicure—like these deep-teal and light-brown polishes—for a super-unique look. Who would’ve thought? *Paul Rudd voice* Not me.

7. This Neon-Pink French Manicure

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Neon nail polish doesn’t have to be just a summer trend. Wear it year-round on the tips of your French manicure.

8. This Reverse French Manicure

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For a cute inverse French manicure,paint a half-moon shape at the bases of your nails instead of the tips.

9. This Metallic French Manicure

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Level up the cool factor of your French manicure by covering the tips with an edgy metallic polish.

10. This Pastel French Manicure

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Keep your French manicure simple and sweet by painting cotton-candy pastel colors on your tips.

11. This Red French Manicure

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How dope is this vibrant red French manicure? I’m so into this look, from the sharp angled tips to the gold pop at the base of each nail.

12. This Nike-Inspired French Manicure

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In the words of Aubrey “Drake” Graham, “checks over stripes.” Show off your love of your favorite brand by adding its logo to your French manicure.

13. This Flame-Inspired French Manicure

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Give off some major heat with your French manicure and paint your tips the colors of a flame *insert fire emoji here*.

14. This Glitter French Manicure

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Our newest #NailsofNewYork spotlights Brooke Monahan @brookiemon, the VIP client relations manager @intermixonline where she works with their stylist teams to create transformational retail experiences. Check out stories for more on why she loves wearing color and how she finds inspiration through NYC’s vibrant culture.✨💅🗽

15. This Half–and-Half French Manicure

Lemonade and cinnamon are an unlikely combo, but this color-blocked French proves they’re better together.

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Go for a half-white, half-cinnamon-brown look for your French manicure. You color-block with your clothes, so why not do the same with your nails?

16. This Minimalist French Manicure

Try a super-minimalist French manicure by combining a barely-there base coat with a tight black line at the tip of your nails.

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17. This Heart-Shaped French Manicure

Chrome heart tips for @looloobell_ using @magpie_beauty Pandora dust 💕Multi-colored heart inspo from @spifster ✨nails #nailart #gelnails #heartnails #chromenails #sparklesf

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18. This Geometric French Manicure

Tri-color french 🌈

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Split your colorful French manicure into three shapes to give it a cool geometric vibe.

19. This Sequin French Manicure

Turn your French manicure into a disco ball by adding sequins along your tips. BTW: This is kinda the perfect look for a NYE party (just saying).

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20. This Pale-Peach French Manicure

Spotted 👀 Our juicy duo at fashion week 💅🍑 @imarninails created this soft fade using a subtle hint of #KISSMYPEACH 💕 Get the look @sephora ✨

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I’m so into the soft fade of this peach French manicure. It’s a great design idea if you’re going for a more subtle nail vibe.

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