It should be clear by now that the french manicure is back in style, judging by how many celebrities are wearing the trend and how many nail artists are posting fresh, updated versions of the nail look on their Instagram feeds. The latest version of the classic nail style that we're absolutely loving, however, is the deep-arched french manicure. Haven't heard of it? We bet you've seen it if you like to hang out on the beauty explore page of Instagram. The trend combines the nostalgia of the classic french mani with the supermodern pop-art-style outline manicure (which a number of celebrities have also tried recently) for an entirely new, contemporary look.
One nail artist — who happens to be a pro in the deep-arched french tip — Jay Deau, gave POPSUGAR the lowdown on what the trend is and how to recreate it. "The deep-arched french tip is when the sides are painted longer and deeper than the classic design. It gives the illusion that the natural nail has a slimmer form as it's more narrow," said Deau. This is actually her preferred french manicure design, as it takes the visually appealing aspects of the classic and combines it with the simple and chic outline nail-art trend. "Clients love them, as it's a very wearable trend and gives an extra touch to their nails."
What's the key to the perfect deep-arched french manicure? "Symmetry", Deau said, emphasising how important it is that the sides of the tips are accurately angled toward the nail bed (significantly more than usual). This gives the nails an elongated look and feel, which is key to the overall design. Deau noted that you should explain this to your nail technician but also bring inspiration photos to show them exactly the result you're looking for.
Possibly the best part about this design is that it's perfect for short nails, too. Despite being a classic French tip mani — which is typically done on naturally longer nails (or artificial nails and extensions) — it actually works perfectly for short nails. So the next time you head to the salon to get a fresh set, consider this design if you're looking for something that creates the illusion of longer nails, or if you just fancy trying something a little different.
Read on to see even more examples of the trend, which might inspire you to welcome the return of the french manicure in your life.