What does the nail board think of french manicures? +

Apparently they're passe? I've always thought they look really classic and clean if they're done right.


Lovely, to me

I like them on myself, but not the traditional ones (BRIGHT white tips).
I think what I like is called an American manicure - white painted first, then base. Or just using an off-white.


(not my image)
They just look so ... clean.

I also don't like them with a BIG white, squared off section ...



Too my eyes, these are big no-nos.

What do y'all think?

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expand whole threadWhat does the nail board think of french manicures? +MadameDesu11/16/2012 6:57PM

The one you label "american" looks really nice-a veryclairerenee11/18/2012 5:26PM

I like a nice sheer on clean, short, nails, no white.Martha61011/18/2012 4:05PM

Yuck...reminds me of the 90s+++em6511/18/2012 1:37PM

never thought passe, but never liked them. too fussygna11/18/2012 10:52AM

I like a funky French, but IMO they look dated, and too often super tacky, like 3&4trillium1311/18/2012 10:52AM

they're okay if kept short and simpleretrocirce11/18/2012 3:42AM

This^. On short, natural nails it can look nice. On long, fake nails= tacky.JenPhil131311/18/2012 1:23PM

3rdMUrascal11/18/2012 4:34PM

Done like the second pic, I like em charnao11/17/2012 7:52PM

That last pic I find hideous. Sometimes I like French, but it has to be done classy.lilacshine911/17/2012 4:40PM

Like so many things, they are something it is easy to do BADLY. But they can also be done WELL.+Neopatra11/17/2012 4:03PM

ITA. Super-white, squared-off, long acrylic frenchs are bad +MadameDesu11/17/2012 4:22PM

No-no IMODalila8011/17/2012 2:07PM

Never liked them. Too *muggle*.sourpus11/17/2012 10:41AM

Please. No ethnic slurs.Neopatra11/17/2012 4:04PM

Muggle is not an ethnic slur. lotusgrrl11/18/2012 7:42AM

Lol, I was thinking same, but wondering if it was sarcasm trillium1311/18/2012 10:53AM

It was sarcasm.Neopatra11/18/2012 3:23PM

Has been the norm for too long. Has overstayed its welcome. Boringsunnyonne111/17/2012 8:48AM

Don't really like them, it's boring,but 2nd pic looks ok though. When I do a mani I want colour! :)TheLizzer11/17/2012 4:19AM

Just no, imo. Always looks outdated.duffimac11/16/2012 11:38PM

I like french, but the white tip must not be long.tigirlyly11/16/2012 10:19PM

not my style but don't mind a short one on other people.ebidebby11/16/2012 9:59PM

Looks outdated to me. American manicures are better but the white tips still look weird to me.Heather110111/16/2012 9:11PM

I like the shorter, more natural ones. Frankly, though, I love "funky french" manis the bestest! ;DDressageDiva11/16/2012 8:58PM

I like the second picture, the rest look fake and miss-shapen. I've used +coramonster11/16/2012 8:31PM

Eh, I'm not a huge fan.missbrill11/16/2012 8:22PM

Meh. Boring.tub11/16/2012 8:08PM

Hatesasshley11/16/2012 8:01PM

I don't like them even when subtle, too boring. Where's the color and glitter?ammoniasmith11/16/2012 7:49PM

I think it may just be a matter of taste then, I'm not much of a glitter person :PMadameDesu11/16/2012 7:55PM

I like the first 2 manis.moshka11/16/2012 7:37PM

I like THIS+++tlatrice11/16/2012 7:29PM

I did a mani for my DD like this using a dark blue base, matte TC then tips with QDTCchale11/16/2012 10:14PM

I bought a matte TC exclusively for that look.kta8211/16/2012 8:45PM

*ogles*MadameDesu11/16/2012 7:55PM

Oh, yeah, and I like a good funky french too. Gotta be a thoughtful combo like this, though+RoCoco11/16/2012 7:42PM

denvergal11/16/2012 7:41PM

I like 2 once in awhile.sodapoprocks11/16/2012 7:27PM

I've always liked them and will probably go with one on my wedding day.seevan11/16/2012 7:26PM

sometimes. I like the #2 natural, and the #3 when they start early on the nail and squared on fakes.mtvsux11/16/2012 7:21PM

I like them when they look like pic 2 iLe11/16/2012 7:13PM

2nd. I HATE French Pedicures though. Eeeeeww!laikabear11/16/2012 7:22PM

French pedis need to crawl back to the hellhole from whence they came, lolMadameDesu11/16/2012 7:54PM

I like the more subtle, my nails but better look, once in a while. RoCoco11/16/2012 7:07PM

I don't mind them on short natural nails like pic#2guildedlily11/16/2012 7:05PM

Yeah, I'm not talking about Jersey french manicures (sorry NJer's)MadameDesu11/16/2012 7:07PM

not a fan.reesagirl11/16/2012 7:01PM

Me either. I like color on my nails.Nikki_L11/16/2012 7:26PM

blehlilibat11/16/2012 7:01PM

Meh.blitherypoop11/16/2012 7:00PM