(Closed) Are French Manicures "out?"

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  • poll: What do you think of french manicures?

    Classy

    Trashy

    Prefers other French things: toast, fries, etc

  • Post # 61
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I have really long nail beds to begin with, so my nails tend to look fake when they are not 🙁

    Post # 62
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    Bumble bee

    These are my natural nails. This is just how they grow. So if French manicures are “trashy” then I am SCREWED. I LOVE French manicures. I feel like they take my natural nails then just turn them into super model perfection. I never really understood about them being “in” or “out” because to me it’s just the look of enhanced natural nails. You know, like wearing foundation on your face.

    These are my nails with a French mani…

    See. Like just like my natural nails only enhanced and brightened.

    Post # 63
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    I find they can either look really good if subtle or really bad if the contrast is too much and “fake” looking. I love the look of a more neutral tone, and I think that’s what’s most trendy at the time.

    Post # 64
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    MrsGolden2Bee:  Yours are actually exactly what a French manicure is supposed to look like, because you’re right — it’s supposed to look like natural nails, just enhanced or emphasized a little. The gross ones are the ones where the white tip starts halfway down the nail bed or opposite of that, where the pink goes up past the tip of the finger and the white part starts too close to the tip. Those both look unnatural. Sure, sparkly blue nails are also unnatural, but they’re supposed to look unnatural. A French manicure is supposed to look natural, so when it’s done wrong, it looks like diseased or injured nails. Yours are perfectly fine!

    Post # 66
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    lilsweetie:  I had to double check that i was reading everyones comments and that we were talking about french manicures! lol! I mean, whats up with the porn/stripper references…I was chuckling for sure!

    Post # 67
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    lilsweetie:  Have you tried filing them into a more oval or almond shape? My daughter’s nails naturally grow long and spade-shaped, similar to yours, so she files them into ovals and they look lovely.

    Post # 68
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I did a french manicure for my wedding, and also had on acrylics (yes, so bad!). I’ve been a bad nail biter ALL of my life, so I had to do something. Some of my nails weren’t grown out enough to just do a manicure, so I had to get acrylics and thought french would be best. My hands are in the middle. I know my tips were thick, but that was due to how short my natural nails were. Never again!

    Now, I don’t bit emy nails anymore because they did grow out with the acrylics but still prefer my nails all one color if painted. However, the tips do show off a decent white at the tips so that is nice for going natural.

    Post # 69
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    FutureMrsHodgy:  

    I think a basic French manicure to looks very classic, especially if the wearer doesn’t have very long nails or tips. Wear what makes you comfortable. You don’t have to follow every trend.

    I have seen some nails that hurt my eyes with their tackiness and I would choose French manicure any day. The white looks lovely against my dark skin. 

     

    Post # 70
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    MrsPierce2014:  The white should start where your nail naturally turns white (in other words, where the nail starts growing out off the nailbed). Yours starts too far down and kind of looks like your finger was injured so the nail is separating from the nailbed too soon. Or it looks like maybe you asked them to start it down that low because it will eventually grow out to where it’s supposed to be so starting it down that low allows you to save money by going longer between manis. If you like the look but want it to look a little more natural, just ask your tech to start the white tip at the real actual white tip instead of so far down.

    Post # 71
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    jily:  Those aren’t pics of my own nails, but I showed the one of the American mani to my nail tech and she did a good job recreating it (I’m on to another mani now so I’m afraid I can’t show you). Not sure exactly what she did, but my guess is a more sheer white and perhaps layering the sheer pink OVER the white.

    Post # 72
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

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    Kacie209:  

    Your nails look lovely! 

    I would recommend Bio Gel instead of acrylics for nail health and growth. 

    Post # 73
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    Bumble bee

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    MrsGolden2Bee:  your nails are beautiful and this is what a classy french manicure is supposed to look like.

    not 75% white tip, like a previous poster posted. That’s what makes people think of trashy/stripper type nails 

    yours are classy.

    Post # 74
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    Kacie209:  Unrelated, but that’s a really sweet picture! Is it you/your mom/your grandma or something similar?

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    Daisy_Mae:  “Or it looks like maybe you asked them to start it down that low because it will eventually grow out to where it’s supposed to be so starting it down that low allows you to save money by going longer between manis.”

    LOL, I am so guilty of doing this. And I thought I was being so clever and sneaky! 😛

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