Teal and white French manicure

Teal and white French manicure

Yellow and black French manicure

Yellow and black French manicure

Purple to white ombré nails

Purple to white ombré nails

Sparkly silver nails

Sparkly silver nails

“French manicures have been all over the runways for the past few seasons,” says Irene King, owner of Pure Beauty Bar. “But they’re not basic.”

The white tips and nude-polish topcoats that were a staple in the 90’s have transformed into something much more stylish. Instead, we're seeing manicurists breathe new life into contrast tips thanks to colours, metallics, graphic shapes and negative space. 

As these styles trickle down from the catwalk to the nail salon, we recognize the comeback of the French manicure, but it’s evolved. “It’s more updated and modern,” King tells Real Weddings. Edges now boast colourful displays for a more youthful twist. The contrast of yellow and black, or teal and white in muted tones still gives nails an elegant finish.

And another trend still prevalent in salons (both hair and nail) is ombré. Ask your manicurist to blend from a nearly black tint of your favourite colour at the nail bed, to a clean white tip, to achieve a dynamic look.