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Minimalist nail art: 15 chic upgrades to the classic French manicure

Recent catwalk trends in nail art have proven tricky or even impossible to recreate at home, so we're relieved to hear that, across the Channel, French women are keeping things simple.

"The so-called French manicure isn't actually French - the look that we've come to call the French manicure is actually more common in America," explains Lucile Deschamps, General Manager of The Nail Kitchen in Paris. "Parisian women generally keep their nails short, and love red or neutral shades of polish.

"French women also love being able to do their nails at home, which means any nail art has to be very elegant and simple," says Lucile. "For example, you could paint one accent nail in a contrasting colour or use a single colourful polish to create a French manicure with a contemporary twist."

Luckily for us, minimalist nail art and simple manicures are a big deal right now – geometric nails, negative space designs and half moon accents are everywhere and providing us with endless ideas.

To recreate these looks at home, you might want to add a few tools to your collection – Scotch tape can be used to create many designs with straight lines, while dotting tools will come in handy for spotty looks. Super thin nail art brushes will allow you to paint fine details, and guide stickers are great for creating all sorts of geometric designs.

So line up your favourite nail polishes, then scroll our line-up of the simplest nail art designs and minimalist manicures around - along with tips for recreating these looks at home. 

Main image: lesimoneblog.fr


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