If the French manicure was a song, it would be «Survivor» by Destiny’s Child. While white tips were one of the most-requested manicure styles in the ’90s and early ’00s, they eventually fell out of style. But just like your favorite girl groups, the French manicure eventually made a comeback and is now considered a classic on the salon menu. However, white tips aren’t the only option. People are getting creative and giving the once-dated manicure a fresh twist by incorporating every color of the rainbow into their looks. And after swapping out the chunky knit sweaters in your closet for breezy dresses, and opting for a lightweight gel moisturizer over a thick cream, consider colorful nail art your next move when it comes to easing into spring. Instead of painting your tips opaque white, this manicure features colorful tips. On top of being ridiculously easy, the beauty of the rainbow French manicure is that it’s completely customizable. Follow a classic ROYGBIV color scheme or create an ombré effect with five shades in the same color family — the choice is yours. And let’s be honest, it’s impossible not to smile when you look down to admire your rainbow tips. Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder of Olive & June agrees. «Looking at a rainbow French mani instantly lifts your spirits,» she shares. «French manis have been popular all year, and putting a rainbow color palette twist on a classic makes it feel fun.» Nailing this color nail design starts just like any other manicure: shape your nails with a file, buff away any ridges and dead skin, and run nail polish remover on each nail to prep them for painting. When it comes to the design itself, you won’t need any fancy tools, either. Instead, you can use the polish’s built-in brush to paint the tip. «Once you’ve selected your shades, apply a coat of your first color to the tip of your nail using the side of the brush to sketch out the shape,» says Gibson Tuttle. «You’ll be able to clean it up later.» VIDEO: Get Ready to See These 11 Nail Trends Everywhere In 2022
Repeat this step on all five nails, then go in with a second coat to enhance the colors. Next, it’s time for clean-up. Dip a nail clean-up brush into a bottle of nail polish remover and shape each tip by gently pushing it back before it fully dries. The last step is a high-shine top coat to protect all of your hard work from chips. Now that you know how to do this nail art, you’ll probably need a little inspiration to create your own design. Keep scrolling for some of our favorite takes on this spring’s trending rainbow French manicure. This joyful edition of the classic French manicure was created with the shades from Olive & June’s nail polish collection with Zeba, a lifestyle brand by beauty activist Nabela. If you’re new to either French or colorful manicures, this take on the trend is a good starting point.
You’ve mastered the basic rainbow French manicure, now level up with this swirly double French by nail artist Hang Nguyen.
This clean design combines two trending designs in a single manicure: gradient nails and the rainbow French.
Melanie, aka @overglowedit on Instagram, used Orosa’s desert-inspired nail polish shades to create this take on the rainbow French manicure, which features both bold and pastel shades.
Love ombré colors, negative space, and square-shaped nails? Why not combine them all to create a colorful French manicure. This soft pastel color scheme just screams spring.
This rainbow French manicure created by Betina Goldstein using Essie polishes is a genius option for anyone with short nails.
Let fashion influencer Camila Coelho show you how the pastel rainbow French manicure is done.
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Achieve a multi-colored French manicure in 4 easy steps
September 23, 2020 By Ana 0 The multi-colored French mani was trending during summer but the playful look has found its place in fall as well. This fun twist to the classic French manicure is a great way to add a pop of color to your toned-down fall look and play around with your favorite autumnal shades. Plus, it gives a little excuse (not that we need one) for some well-deserved me-time! You don’t need to be a nail art expert to achieve this look but you do need a little bit of patience. But hey, it reminds us to slow down, take our time and spend that time taking care of our hands and of ourselves. What you’ll need: paper towel, file, nail clipper (optional), cuticle oil, nail art brush (optional), polish remover, wooden stick, top coat, base coat, at least 3 nail polish colors of choice. Step 1: Select your colors First, you need to have at least one sheer color as your base color. You may apply one coat of the color or just use a base coat if your nail plate is a bit pink. You’ll need to choose a minimum of two other colors to do a multi-color French tip. For Fall, we suggest a nice purple or dark blue or even a mysterious pink to balance out the darker shades. In the featured photo, we went with lighter shades L.02, N0.42. No.31, and No.01, but you can also use a combination of earthy fall tones and burgundies. Step 2: Prep your nails First prep your nails the same way you would for a regular manicure. Clean your nail plate with a polish remover, file your desired nail shape (follow our blog on how to file your nails here) and buff any ridges. Add cuticle oil and push back your cuticles with the flat side of the wooden stick. Wash your hands then go ahead and paint your first layer (base coat or a light sheer shade). Apply one layer of base coat to create a clean look. You may apply two clear base colors if you’re using opaque colors or you want more of a pink base. Wait at least 3 minutes between each layer. After that, wait at least ten minutes before moving on to the French tips. Step 3: Start your tips Choose a color and paint a thin line at the tip of your nail from one side (starting at the edge) to the other by either using your nail art brush or regular brush depending on how thin or thick you want your French tip to be. Don’t over brush the tip and try to do it in one stroke. Imagine you’re lightly pressing the tip of your polish brush and sweeping it from one side to the other. If the tip colors are not visible, you may come back and apply a second layer. Pro tip: you can use your wooden stick if you need to clean up your French tip. Step 4: Add a top coat Whew, the hard part is over! Apply a clear top coat to create a glossy layer over your new nail art and to protect your manicure. You should apply at least two coats and wait at least 3 minutes for each layer to dry. And there you have it! Now you’re an expert at French manis. We hope you enjoyed re-creating this look as much as we have! Next, check out our expert guide on how to dry nail polish faster.
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