This summer, a new type of nail with a checkered history has arrived. A new generation of French manicures with options such as multicolor and animal print tips seem to be everywhere.
Gigi Hadid wore a rainbow of French hints by renowned manicurist Kawaji Remei on his 26th birthday. Kylie Jenner often wears several versions of French mani with ultra-long nails and next-level design, including Pucci-inspired stripes. Rizzo has performed a French pedicure. Carey Mulligan, Hailey Beaver, Kourtney Kardashian and Selena Gomez have all been wearing this style in the last few months.
Nadine Aphid, founder of the Tenoverten Nail Salon, said: “It always had a classic look with an ultra-white tip, but people are now owning it. The classic red tip with a neutral, almost thin base is a more common style this year and more. Paired with almond-shaped nails. “
French chips were so popular in 2021 that the New York Chillhouse Salon created its own style change. It can be painted by a nail technician or purchased as a chill tip, a salon version of the press-on set.
Chillhouse founder Cindy Ramirez Fulton said the Going to the Barre set proved to be particularly popular.
“It’s a pale soft pink-think of the ballerina atmosphere-has a slightly sloping wavy tip,” she said. “It’s very simple and elevated, but it still has an edge.”
Mabelyn Martin, creative director of New York nail studio Paintbox, is experimenting with glitter and foil instead of the colors of French nail polish design.
“Creating small designs in hints is also very fashionable,” she said. “Another favorite lookbook involves contrasting textures by matting the base color and painting on a light, shiny tip.”
Fans of French Mani love it because of its unique aesthetic and the fact that such simple nails can elicit such a strong reaction. Olivia C. Tonin, 32, who owns a nail installation for posting on Instagram, a French manicure obsessed with Montreal, experimented several times as a teenager, but these days it’s getting more and more complicated. I started to wear a nice design.
“People’s reaction to me with French hints made me appreciate it at another level,” she said. “This was amplified only by the overwhelmingly positive reactions I got from other women and the negative reactions I received from most men.”
Some may have predicted that they would return to French manicure after quitting manicure in a pandemic. This is a style that has become out of fashion in the past and probably too sweet like the strip malls of the past. Sean Legend, the artist behind Jenner’s nails, suggests that the style is transitional and may be a stepping stone to the more complex and bold designs that he longed for in the unpainted era. Did.
In Jenner’s recent Pucci Nail, Legend alternated between patterned French tips and a full-cover design.
“I think everything from ombre shades to textured prints to swirls is French,” said the legend. “Sometimes the bold colors and designs of the full cover can be overwhelming on all nails, but making it French can reduce the strength.”
Nail technician Lisa Con is also playing with texture and color.
“One of my favorite modified French manicures is animal print,” she said. “It’s always very impressive.”
She did just that for Kardashian (leopard print) and Kendall Jenner (zebra).
Hadid’s sister, Kawajiri, said French nails were back “with a special essence.” “In 2021, we added cherries, smiley faces and other art to the tip of France.”
Fashion obsession in the early 2000s may be another reason for the resurgence of French manicure. After all, fashion is cyclical and we live in the era of Prada mini bags, silk scarves worn as tops, and baby T-shirts sold at premium at Depop. Nostalgic programs such as “Friends” and “Sex and the City” are restarting. Also, videos with the Y2K hashtag have been played over 2 billion times on TikTok.
“Even the most traditional women can keep getting French manicure and may not look trendy, but supermodels like Bella Hadid rock it all summer, and suddenly. It’s a Gen Z revolution, “said Ramirez-Fulton.
Some of the charm of French mani is that it is essentially flattering.
“Leaving transparent areas on the nails is more sexy than applying nail art to completely covered nails,” Kawajiri said. “French nails make your fingers longer and more beautiful. It’s magical.”
“The shape of the nails definitely played a role in modernizing French manicure,” he said. “Now there are caskets, swords and squares. The artist in me prefers a deeper and exaggerated smile line for the French. The deeper the nasolabial fold, the better.”
This means more coverage and less nudity for a more extreme and contrasting look.