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Traditionally marked by a clear nail bed and stark white tips, the French manicure has experienced a beauty renaissance as of late. Modern takes on the look employ bright colors, nail art, shimmer and more. As with many trends, this one is all over Instagram. We did some mild e-stalking to find some of the best French manicure ideas. Let the copycatting commence.
NYC-based manicurist Alicia Torello put a playful spin on this French mani with colorful lash details and a sole purple tip on each hand.
Mei Kawajiri may be known for her eye-popping editorial nail art, but we find her simple, scripted take on the French manicure just as cool.
With patience (and perhaps some tape) you can definitely pull this look off at home. Nail guru Jessica Washick got it using Deborah Lippmann Naked ($18, deborahlippman.com) and Floss Gloss Pony ($8, flossgloss.com).
Sally Hansen global ambassador Madeleine Poole got our attention with this black and white mani. Checkmate.
No need to stop at just one shade. Gradient tips in the spectrum of your choice is one way to personalize the classic French style, as displayed by style arbiter Hannah Bronfman.
Celebrity nail artist Karen Gutierrez elevated this pale pink manicure with Essie No Place Like Chrome ($9, essie.com) French tips.
Manicurist Fleury Rose is a favorite among celebs and editors. Looks like this two-tone French manicure, done in gel, are presumably why.
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