(Closed) French nails or color?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Which do you prefer on your nails?

    Color

    French

    Other, explain

  • Post # 32
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    French manicure. Classy and matches everything. I have issues with my nail color not matching my clothes so I’ll use color but I have to change it after a day.

    Post # 33
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    I love nail art! Gradients, water marble, splatter, cloud manis, and vintage floral Smile

    I get really bored with plain coloured nails and the usual french mani, and I’m a student so nail art is the best study procrastination aid Tongue Out These are a few of my designs, some of them are quite old though. Excuse the odd lengths of my nails, I hate when one breaks and I have to cut them down!

    Post # 34
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    Bee Keeper

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    @fzesguer:  Not specifically from the dress but yes, is distracting.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love to sport me some funky nail color, just not on my wedding day.

    Post # 35
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Oh, I don’t think a French manicure is dated! A nicely done French manicure is elegant and understated. I love having colour on my nails, but it will be a French manicure for our wedding.

    PS – What’s an American manicure?

    Post # 36
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

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    @RainStorm:  

    I had been asking about that as well, so I Googled it and discovered that it is just like a French manicure, but, instead of the stark white tips, the tips are created with a softer, more subtle, more “natural-looking” white.

    Post # 37
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I like french manicures and have had one relatively recently (within the year), but at the same time I do think they look dated (reminds me of the 80’s). I’ll have a light pink shellac for the wedding – french manicures are too expected for me.

    Post # 38
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    Bee Keeper

    I used to love French manicures, but now I find them a bit ‘common’ and fake, and much prefer colour (usually solid red or pink).

    If I do go with a French manicure I tend to tone-down the white, so it looks more natural. I also like nice clean nails, with a touch of white pencil, and a couple of coats of a natural nude shade; I think that looks very understated and classy. Obvious bright white tips just don’t do it for me any more.

    Post # 39
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    @Brielle:  Well, when I think “French,” I think chunky acrylics with a pink nailbed and stark white tip. “American” is usually done with polish, not acrylics, and involves softer, more subtle colors all around….Like your own nail, but prettier 🙂 I usually do a soft, translucent, pink/cream as a base and then a partially translucent cream tip. 

    I was going to post a picture, but I must’ve deleted it off my phone!! If you google “American manicure,” there should be some good examples.

    Post # 40
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I prefer pale nudes or pinks for weddings (no fake nails either). 

    I HATE those french manicures with the tips that people do (they remind me of the 90s, early 00s maybe).  Ugh.  But I can’t stand fake nails in general so that is probably part of the reason I hate them. If they are real nails and not as stark-white as those tips then I actually don’t mind them.  I just hate those tips!!

    This is ok IMO

    This is not!

    I don’t mind other colors normally but I think too bright of a color is distracting on your wedding.  Lime green nails for your wedding?  No. 

    Post # 41
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    @kes18:  This!! That first picture screams classic to me, but the second and third, not so much.

    In general, I prefer color. I always have an issue with the longevity of french manicures too so for everyday wear, I find that colors are more interesting and last longer.

    Post # 42
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

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    @Dialysate:  Thanks! I did Google this last evening and saw exactly what you’re describing.  I actually do my own French manicures on my own natural nails, all with just nail polish only — no acryllic, no overlays, no tips, no gel, no silk-wraps, no shellac — so this part would be very similar to what you’re describing.  The difference for me is that I prefer the look of the stark white paint to create the “tip.”

    Post # 43
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    I always just get the tips colored.  I normally go with natural colors because I just think it looks more professional however for special occasions I’ll get the tips done in blue, green, or whatever.

    Post # 44
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    While I like a nice, natural French/American manicure, it’s not for me. I can never get the white to stay on, even with gel polish. 

    Color for me, daily and on my wedding day (gel polish). There will be a glitter accent nail, and anyone who thinks that’s “tacky” or whatever can move along. 🙂

    Post # 45
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

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    @Brielle:  Shellac/gel polish (not gel nails) is exactly the same as regular nail polish, except that it’s stronger and lasts longer (and, subsequently, the application and removal is different).

    Post # 46
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

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    @vorpalette:  I inadvertently discovered this a few years ago when I had a mani and pedi at Walmart after moving to DH’s area (which was several hours away from where I used to live and have my nails done occasionally.)

    When I went to remove the polish, I had a great deal of trouble trying to remove it. I had no idea at the time what the manicurist had done, since I knew that I had not consented to acrylic overlays and had not yet heard of the gel process.

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