American french manicure


American Manicure (Orly Naked Ivory tip, OPI Bubble Bath)

Popular french manicure tip colors: OPI Alpine Snow and Orly White Tips

Popular American manicure tip colors: OPI Swedish Nude, Kyoto Pearl (shimmer) and Desire

In addition to the two most popular styles, alternatives to the french manicure are becoming very popular. Termed a “funky french” or “reverse french” these new versions are fresh and fun.

Sephora showed a reverse french, with black tips on their spring catalog cover.

Use a glittery, metallic or holographic polish on your tips for a blingtastic funky french. Tip color: OPI Paris Couture for Sure.

Finally, my lame attempt at a 4th of July funky french from last summer. Inspired by one of the MUA nail board gals, I decided to go for it with lots of color and glitter. I used China Glaze Hot Lava Love, OPI Paris Couture For Sure and China Glaze Dorothy Who?.


Helpful hints for “tipped” manicures:

Apply the base, nail bed, color first.

Hold the tip color brush steady and roll your fingertip underneath to get a smooth and even line.

Try using the Sally Hansen French Manicure Pen Kit if you can’t get your polish even.

photos: M_Grace on MUA, Sephora and All Lacquered Up

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