The "Dated" Nail Trend That Beauty Editors and Celebrities Secretly Love

When it comes to nail trends, the French manicure was once thought of as "dated". You see, this nail design has been around for years, with the likes of Jennifer Lopez sporting the trend back in the early 2000s. However, it's impossible not to have noticed that French-tip nails are having a huge revival lately, and I'm totally here for it.

Thanks to the minimal design and neutral colour palette, I happen to think that this nail trend looks super chic, and is perfect for wearing all year round. I always describe it as "your nails but better", and it seems I'm not the only one who's a fan. Celebrities such as Hailey Bieber and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have been seen wearing French-tip nails on multiple occasions, and if it's good enough for them, then it's definitely good enough for me. Not only that, but the hashtag #frenchtipnails has 899.1 million views on TikTok and counting. Pretty impressive, right?


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In order to find out a little bit more about the trend, including how to re-create it at home, I spoke to Charlotte Knight, nail technician and founder and CEO of Ciaté London and Lottie London. Keep on scrolling for everything you need to know, and prepare to fall in love with French-tip nails all over again…

What Are French-Tip Nails?

"A French-tip nail is designed to traditionally resemble a healthy, well-maintained natural nail," explains Knight. "It normally involves a pink or nude base and a neat, white edge along the top to look like the length of the nail. However, we’re seeing more variations of this today, with varying colours that don’t have the goal of looking realistic like the classic French tip." 

Are French-Tip Nails in Style? 

According to Knight, a French manicure is very much in style. "Although the trend has really picked up again recently, French-tip nails is a timeless design that has had some new life breathed into it in 2023, securing its classic status." The revival of the manicure might have something to do with the quiet-luxury trend that's had a huge influence on beauty and fashion alike this year, as this understated nail design fits perfectly into that subtle, elevated aesthetic.


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How to Re-create French-Tip Nails at Home:

"You can try out the style at home in a range of different ways," says Knight. "Use tape to section off your nail tip and paint on your desired colour or get some practice in drawing your tip freehand with a small brush. Alternatively, you can opt for a nail sticker to get the look—simply seal with a clear coat after applying to ensure it lasts. 

"False nails are also a great option for when you’re in a rush. You can have a full set of French nails on in under 10 minutes with press-ons, and [you] don’t have the commitment of wearing them for longer than you want to."

In terms of choosing the right nail-polish shade for the base, Knight says that your own skin tone will be the decider on what colour to go for. "If you have a fairer complexion, the base of your nail tends to be a light pink shade, whereas deeper skin tones have more of a cool, nude shade. The better you match your natural nail, the better fit your French Manicure will be."

French-Tip Nail Inspiration


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I love a slightly thicker French manicure on long nails, and the almond shape makes for a chic finish.


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Short and sweet for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.


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If you want a twist on the classic, opt for a reverse French manicure like this one. So cool.


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For something a little more understated, ask for a "micro French" with a thinner white tip.


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The perfect everyday manicure, if you ask me.


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Have fun with your French mani and add some white, swirly nail art.


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Such a classic design.


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Another example of a micro French manicure that really enhances the natural nails.

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Junior Beauty Editor

Grace Lindsay is the junior beauty editor at Who What Wear UK. At the age of 18 she decided to train as a makeup artist before going on to study english and media at Goldsmiths University. It was during that time that she explored her love for journalism by interning at a small beauty start-up based in Shoreditch. Since then, she has worked at a number of publications including Marie Claire and Hello!, where her love for all things beauty continued to grow. 

As Who What Wear UK's junior beauty editor, she covers everything from the latest hair trends to the stand-out makeup products of the season.