For almost as long as nail polish has been a common beauty tool, there’s been a manicure rule: when in doubt, go French! After all, the crisp, delineated tip and clean base goes with everything, and the finished look is absolutely classic. Still, even the biggest French fans want variety sometimes, and the more fun we all have with nail art, the more we start to realize that the nude base and white tip can be kind of, well, boring. That doesn’t mean we have to abandon the French, though; oh no. We just have to update and play with it, and there are TONS of ideas out there: different colors, different shapes, extra pretty touches, you name it! Here are twelve of our favorite tip-and-base pairings that put the fun back into French.

  1. Glitter Tips

    glitterCute Polish

  2. Classic Colors and Negative Space


  3. Summery Watermelon

    Watermelon NailsHoopla Kidz Style

  4. Matte

    MatteFrenchForList via Diply

  5. Reverse

    ReverseFrenchforListLynette Cenée via Diply

  6. Sideways


  7. Pink Ombre

    PinkOmbreManiforListThe Nail Trail via Diply

  8. Cityscape

    CityscapeManiforListponkle via Diply

  9. Silver French Twist

    SilverFrenchManiforListNail Stories via Diply

  10. Neon Green and Negative Space

    NeonGreenManiforListSanjaHefer via Nail Art Gallery via Diply

  11. Nude and Black

    NudeandBlackFrenchManiforListLisa Eldridge via Diply

  12. The Classic Made Easy


Still can’t get enough? Check out the list over on Diply.

Which nail art designs will you try? Are you more of a fan of the classic French, or do you love the twists here?