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9 Very 2019 Ways to Wear a French Manicure

From neons to nail art and more

It may sound like yet another beauty export from the land of all things chic, but the French manicure didn’t actually come from France at all. First dreamed up in the mid-‘70s by Orly founder Jeff Pink, this neutral look, with its clean lines and versatile palette, was actually tailor-made for Hollywood, and quickly became a staple. As decades passed, that staple grew stale and dated. But this classic look, with its Parisian-sounding name, is making a comeback in 2019—but, like most things being reinvented today, with some notable tweaks.

The updated version is far from dated, with injections (and inversions) of colour, inventive shapes and nail art accents. Here are just a handful of the ways this classic look has been resuscitated with stylish results.

Neon Tips

The Ombré Way

Gold Accents

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French and Gold ✨ #nailsbymei

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Monochromatic

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Read between the lines 👀

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With a Fruity Twist

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@nailsbylegs’ fruit salad french is 🍌s

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All Things Pink

Sharp Objects

Rainbow Tips

Evil Eye