11 Unique and Instagrammable Ways to Step Up Your French Manicure Game

The classic French tip was long due for an upgrade. Here are all the updated French manicures to try in 2020, from tie-dye tips to bold animal prints.
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French manicures have long been considered both an absolute favorite as well as tacky and old fashioned, but fear not, these aren’t the French manicures you remember from the aughts. Incorporating up-to-date trends from tie-dye and emojis to flames and cow print, these modern updates to the classic nail trend go far beyond the usual white tip.

A French manicure looks great on everything from long talons to short natural nails, and whatever your nail length preference, you’ll surely be able to incorporate these iconic looks into your life. Amid the pandemic and self-quarantine, try out these updated French manicures from the comfort of your own home.


It’s often easier to get your point across through emojis than through words. Try expressing yourself through these emoji-adorned French manicured nails.

Tie-Dye Tips

This major summer trend has shown up on everything from clothing and bags to shoes and hair accessories, and nails are no exception.


An up-and-coming trend, the yin and yang symbol is a simple way to switch up your mundane French manicure.

Micro French 

This one is for the super minimalists. As seen on the Spring/Summer 2020 runway at Khaite, this extremely thin-tipped French manicure strays just enough from the beloved original to become a fresh take.


Once worn by Kylie Jenner, these fiery nail accents add some serious spice to your basic French manicure.

Tortoise Shell

A tortoise shell print is a classy way to step up a normal French manicure. The neutral tones will go with everything in your wardrobe.

Cherry Cute 

Cherries, a very fashionable fruit, make for perfect nail accents. The neon pink tips pair perfectly with the tiny cherry details.

70s Vibes 

Transition into fall with these 70s-inspired psychedelic French tips in warm tones.


Mooo-ve over cheetah and zebra print, cow print is the next big trend. While black and white is the more traditional colorway, nail artists have done cow print variations in pink, brown, and white.

Ombré Tie-Dye 

A fun neon twist on a French manicure. These rainbow frenchies are a subtle way to deviate from the norm.


If you’re hesitant to fully step out of your French manicure comfort zone, why not try doing one fun nail on each hand? These happy and sad faces are a great transition into the world of nail art.


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