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Is it time to embrace French tip nails again? Here are our favourite takes on the manicure

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Last night when going for my nightly Instagram scroll, I cut a path straight for Bella Hadid's account. Like all hot girls on the platform, it's a place of deep joy and sadness. On this particular night though, I was catapulted into a haze of nostalgia, not because the post in question featured records from 1974– songs from Palestine etched into its grooves, nor because Village Revival Records has been a fixture on Bleecker Street since 1990. No, it was triggered by the sight of Hadid's perfectly manicured hand.

 

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Just like truffle oil and single-use plastic shopping bags, I was sure the French manicure had joined the company of items we'd left behind for good (although of all these things, I'm glad it's the latter that's stayed). So if fashion's favourite model has greenlit French tips, surely we'll be seeing more of them soon? After all, a bit of light digging with most trends of the past few years, be it cargo skirts or thin eyebrows, all lead back to Bella Hadid.

 

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With disputed origins, some saying the look was developed by Max Factor, founder of the eponymous cosmetics label, for the fashion sets in 1930s Paris, others stand by the story that it was coined by Jeff Pink in the late 70s. Either way, what distinguishes a French manicure from other kinds, is its enhancement of the nail's natural state. It calls for a soft pink base and a neat lick of white polish to emulate the lighter nail tip. The shape itself is open to interpretation, although in the early noughties many leaned toward a square finish. Which is how both the shape and style became shunned, until now?

So, if you're looking to take a leaf out of Bella Hadid's book and reacquaint yourself with the much-maligned French tip manicure, then below we've gathered some inspiration for you. From nostalgic takes to more modern reimaginings, here's some styles to take to your nail technician.

Stiletto French Tips

 

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Checkerboard Tips

 

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Gradient Tip

 

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Cyber French Tip

 

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Bubble Tips

 

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Inverted French Tip

 

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Bejewelled French Tips

 

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Jelly Tips

 

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Animated French Tips

 

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Chrome Tips

 

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Psychedelic Tips

 

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Floral Tips

 

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Sparkling Tips

Pastel Tips

 

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"French" Tips

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