How to do black French tips, the manicure that’s trending on Instagram

Posted by
Hanna Ibraheem
backgroundLayer 1
Add this article to your list of favourites
A woman's hand with a black-tipped French manicure

Looking for some nail inspiration? Black-tipped French manicures are currently trending. Here’s how to create them at home.

With nail salons closed for the most part of the last 12 months, many of us will have dusted off our nail filers and polishes at some point during lockdown. From neatening up your skills for a salon-grade manicure, attempting to follow a nail art tutorial or just giving your cuticles a bit of TLC, there’s a lot you can do at home.

Thankfully, there are plenty of trends emerging on social media for inspiration, too. Enter: black-tipped French manicures.

Yep, the classic French manicure has been given a revamp, with many beauty influencers and nail artists opting for black polish on their fingertips instead.

You may also like

How to make your nails grow stronger and longer at home

“There has been a French Revolution recently and the emphasis has been on ‘French but with a twist’,” says celebrity nail artist Jenni Draper. “The black line gives the classic look a harder, grittier edge.”

While it’s achieved in the exact same way as a traditional French manicure – bar the colour change – it can be fiddly to create a neat finish. So how do you paint a French manicure yourself?

“The look can be done easily at home, just make sure you have a tidy up brush and acetone to hand, alongside a thin nail brush and your nail polish,” says Draper.

You may also like

How to do nail art at home: 6 easy tutorials you can follow, no matter your skill level

The French manicure kit

“Leave the nail clean with no polish, this makes mistakes easier to clean up,” explains Drape. “Use a thin nail art brush to draw the ‘smile line’ and then fill in the rest with your nail polish brush.

“Or, if it’s a skinny French you want [meaning the coloured tip is thin or you have short nails] then just use the nail art brush for the line.

“Use the tidy up brush dipped in acetone to clean up the edges and then apply a base coat over the entire nail. Once that is dry, apply a top coat for high shine and to make the design last.”

Seems simple enough, right? If you aren’t quite sold yet, here’s some inspiration. We know what we’ll be doing this weekend…

You may also like

How to achieve an at-home manicure that looks salon-grade

Black French manicure inspiration

You may also like

How to care for your cuticles: the best tools and products

Sign up for the latest news and must-read features from Stylist, so you don't miss out on the conversation.

By entering my email I agree to Stylist’s Privacy Policy

Main image: Imarni Nails