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Top 25 Colored Nail Tips to Rock the French Manicure Look

If you want to look classy, besides an elegant dress and muted make-up you also probably go for colored nail tips. The French manicure is understated and focuses on the state of the manicure rather than on the color combination.

Hence, by default, many women pass off the French Manicure as prudish and never even think of sporting one while on a vacation or to a picnic or a day at the beach.


Spice Up Your Mani with Colored French Tip Nail

Basically, what you should understand is that the colored nail tips involve nail paints, although they are mostly nude and ivory, cream or white. Keeping the structural elements the same, it is possible to spice up in terms of the palette.

Here are some of the best-colored nail tips to redefine the concept of French Manicures.


almond shaped colored nail tips

almond shaped colored nail tips



two colored nail tips

two colored nail tips



spring colored nail tips

spring colored nail tips



fall colored nail tips

fall colored nail tips



colored nails with white tipscolored nails with white tips


#6. Colored Tips on Acrylic Nails 

colored tips on acrylic nails


#7. Clear Nails with Colored Tips

clear nails with colored tips


#8. Rainbow Colored Nail Tips

rainbow colored nail tips


#9. Colored Gel Nail Tips 

gel nails with colored tips


#10. Ombre Colored Nail Tips 

colored tips ombre nails


#11. Color Tips on Coffin Nails


#12. Neon Colored Nail Tips


#13. Solar Nail Color Tips

solar nail tips


#14. Flowery Coloured Nail Tips

Flowery Coloured Nail Tips

You can increase the feminity of the French Manicure by painting little floral patterns at the tips of the nails. It can be a whole flower which overlaps slightly into the body of the nail. Alternatively, you can paint little petals on each finger, each petal marginally different from the other one.

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#15. Polka Dots

Polka Dots nail tips

You can make French colored nail tips look cute by painting the tips in polka dots. You can either choose to paint al the tips uniformly in a single color and then paint the dots. Alternatively, you can pick different colors for different fingernail tips and add polka dots.


#16. Animal Prints

Animal Prints nail tips

If you are in the mood for some, you can paint the nail tips is leopard spots, zebra stripes or even snakeskin. This kind of French Manicure is as far away from the spirit of the same, so nobody can really accuse you of being boring.


#17. Glittery Colored Nail Tips

Glittery Colored Nail Tips

You can glam up a French Manicure by painting the nail tips with glitter. There are several shades of glitter that you can choose from, although gold and pink certainly steal the show. The nearly nude shade of the nail creates a good contrast for the glitter to sparkle. With gold, the effect is a little more demure. With some stronger shade like pink or green, the effect is more dazzling but not as flamboyant as a fully painted glitter nail.


#18. The Black Nail Tips

The Black Nail Tips

If you want to, you can choose to look gothic, but not go all the way. Purely gothic nails can be severe, with shades of grey and black. Instead, you can opt to paint only the tips of the nails a shade of deep black. This creates quite a sharp contrast to the rest of the nude colored nail. Also, black is unanimously elegant on any skin tone, so there is no way it will fail on you.


#19. Asymmetric Nail Tips

Asymmetric Nail Tips

It is not always necessary to follow the biologically correct area of the nail tips. In fact, a French Manicure can actually be used to create an illusion of a nail tip too. You can tweak this concept by simply painting an asymmetric pattern from the tip down, but take care not to go too low on the nail. An asymmetrical pattern is a fun style, that looks like melting ice cream.


#20. Multicolored Nail Tips

Keep it simple. Just choose five different acid pop colors, clean your nails and apply these five different shades of the five different nails. This style is perfect for young girls at a sleepover or a lazy day in the surf or simply a night out with the girls. For more formal or even semi-formal occasions, you should better stick to either the original French Manicure or one of the other options described here.

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#21. French Tips with Glitter

You can top up a French manicure by adding a dash of glitter. One of the ways to incorporate the glitter is to have it line the bottom edge of the ivory painted nail tip, so as to demarcate it from the rest of the nude shade. Many women choose a silver glitter strip, although you can choose your own color to match with the rest of the attire.


#22. Black and White Nail Tips

You can go retro and add a bit of the art deco touch by painting the nail tips in geometric patterns of black and white. This is a very classy option and if executed well (preferably use color blocking techniques), it creates quite a style statement. You can create snug triangles or a chessboard pattern. In either case, try not to overload the design as that can ruin the graceful effect.


#23. Starry Coloured Nail Tips

Starry Coloured Nail Tips

Instead of polka dots, you can choose to paint little stars on the nail tips. You can either paint the stars additionally on the nail tips or you can use color blocking techniques to do the same (simply put, just attach star-shaped paper cutouts of the nail tips and paint over them; then remove the cutouts). Some manicurists create an ombre nail tip to include the stars; this style makes the stars stand out even more elegantly.


#24. The Chrome Nail Tips

The Chrome Nail Tips

You can create quite a splash with a chrome-tipped nail. This design is as simple as the French Manicure and goes well with any kind of attire. You may or may not add a lot of bling to your get-up and still, your chrome-tipped nails can do their own talking. Some red carpet fashion statements show a simple black dress and minimal embellishments, with chrome nail tips compensating for the lack of sheen.


#25. Hearts Nail Tips

Hearts Nail Tips

Irrespective of whether it is Valentine’s Day or not, you can wear your heart on your nails! Little, pink or red hearts on the tips of the nails is a cute way to dress up the nails. Do not overdo the number of hearts you paint, and stick to a  regular comic-book version, which goes well with the concept.

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Colored nail tips are a funky way to transform a French Manicure. A word of advice, though. Most of these patterns work well with long nails, preferably stiletto and almond nails, where the nail tips are considerably long and thus provide a broader base to paint on. Shorter nails can sport only a few of the patterns discussed above, because jamming anything elaborate would only clutter the nail, and would certainly overlap into the nail body.

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