You can never go wrong with a French manicure. It's a classic design that provides a clean and crisp look. If you want to keep that classic vibe but have a little more fun, you can deviate from the traditional white polish and dip into color. "I’m obsessed with a colored or chrome French manicure," says celebrity manicurist Brittney Boyce. "This trend has been popular for a long time and it’s definitely not going anywhere anytime soon."
Expert Mabelyn Alva adds that it helps you put a seasonal twist on your look. "Bright pink, Kelly green, and neons are really popular at Paintbox during the summer months," she says. "Black, metallics, and glitter french tips are also highly requested during the winter-holiday season."
Meet Our Expert
Brittney Boyce is a celebrity manicurist who works with clients like Machine Gun Kelly.
Mabelyn Alva is a manicurist and the creative director at Paintbox.
To inspire a colorful French manicure, scroll through the 30 looks below.
“Chrome French is definitely one of my favorite designs,” says Boyce. “I used Aprés Nail Natural Almond Long ($30) gel-x tips to get the look.”
“A vibrant red french tip is also a signature manicure for me,” says Alva.
Multicolor Green French
“This is a fun play on a multicolor manicure. It is a little more subtle because of the sheer nude base,” says Boyce. To create this look, she used the French Manicure Gel Rio de Janeiro Ombre Set from Aprés Nail ($60).
This super colorful French tip look features two-toned designs featuring various shades of blue, green, orange, pink, and yellow.
“I love silver French tips to wear with my gold jewelry,” says Alva. “Our latest press-on launch includes Cold Spell ($28), a silver French tip design that's perfect for the winter/holiday season.”
Blue & Orange
Blue and orange—complementary colors—were used to create this French tip look. Each nail has a traditional tip and then an abstract blob.
These heart tips are perfect for Valentine's Day or any time you're feeling romantic. Each nail has a pretty red heart for a simple design.
Black and White
This look splits each tip in half with one side black and the other side white. It's like Cruella de Vil's hair in nail form.
Orange on Orange
Instead of keeping the base sheer, you can make your French tip design more colorful by using an opaque color for the base. This look features a light orange base with a deeper orange tip.
Hi-Lite, a French Manicure Gel from Aprés ($15), was used to create this electric mani. The French manicure gel is super pigmented and has medium viscosity so you get full coverage in two coats or less.
Shades of Green
For a fun yet uniform look, this design features a teal nail tip accented by a deep green swirl to the side of each nail.
Keep your French tip design minimal by making the tip super small. This design also features a few dots on one of the nails for added interest.
For this look, a bright yellow serves as the base for a deep-green tip, creating a fun lemon-lime effect.
Instead of keeping the tips one color, this design used sunset colors—pink, orange, and yellow—in a gradient.
Deep green is the star of this impactful French tip design. Two nails per hand got a full coat of the green polish while the three remaining nails have the tip.
Crystal decals are a great way to spice up any mani. This design features a pink French tip with red crystals arranged to look like cherries.
Baby Hot Pink
The tip on these nails is so thin you'll miss it if you look too fast. It's a great way to use a loud shade like hot pink subtly.
French tips are used to round out an evil-eye design. Blue and white anchor the look while one nail per hand got some golden flecks.
Instead of doing a sheer base with a colorful tip, this design takes advantage of the clear nature of the extensions. The tips are left clear with a baby blue base. The blue extends around the edge of the tip in a really thin line to complete the look.
Celebrity manicurist Julie Kandalec created this Bridgerton-inspired manicure that features yellow, green, and blue pastels along with gold charms.
This ombré tip look uses a thin line along the smile line of the nail to create the sharp look of a French tip without a fully opaque design.
Alva created this sunny-yellow look using Like Electric form Paintbox ($22). It's a neon shade with a milky base, allowing you to get an opaque finish with ease.
French tips are a really fun way to do a gradient. This look uses five shades of brown, ranging from light to dark.
This ombré look fades from a deep blue at the tip of the nail to a light blue at the base. The tails of the tip extend down to the cuticle line, allowing a lot of space for the ombré to fade.
Take a French tip up a notch and add cow print. This combo yields a really fun and pretty look.
If you want a French tip that's not too far off from the OG shade, reach for a baby pink. It gives a similarly delicate vibe to the usual white.
Green & White
A rich green was used to create this French tip design. Each nail also features a thin white swirl to add movement to the look.
If you're still loving Barbiemania, try out this look that features tips in varying shades of pink and white flowers with pink crystals.
Earth tones brown, white, and green come together in this French tip look. It's a clean and chic look.
This green chrome gives reptile vibes in the best way possible. It's vibrant and moody at the same time.
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