It's official, the french manicure is back. However, in 2019, the classic nail style — with its instantly recognisable icy white tips — has been reinvented in more ways than we can count. Out of all the various styles, there's one version of the design that we think will be huge this year: the floating french tips. The floating french, created by nail artist Tracey Lee, takes elements of a traditional french manicure — the stripe of white, for instance — but instead of the stripe running horizontally along the tips, it runs vertical along the nail, from the cuticle all the way to the end of the nail. In fact, for this version of the french manicure, the tip is left completely bare, creating the illusion of a "floating tip."
"I don't feel that the french manicure ever really goes away," Lee said. And as we've seen over the past several months, it just comes back in different ways. For instance, celebrities have been loving french manicures that feature neon-coloured tips. We've also spotted reverse french manis and, most recently, negative space or jelly-effect french manicures that feel minimal yet cool. Different versions of the classic design have been seen on the red carpet, backstage at London and New York Fashion Week, and, of course, all over our Instagram feeds. Although we won't tire of the neon hues and reversed tips anytime soon, there really is something special about the floating french tip manicure.
You don't even need to head to the salon to try out the trend. "For many people, the challenging thing about a french manicure is creating 10 perfectly shaped nails," Lee said. "However, it's possible just to incorporate the french [design] on one or two nails, while the rest are full [block] colour." With so many ways to revamp it, there's truly no wrong way to try it at home. Luckily for us, Lee gave POPSUGAR the lowdown on exactly how to achieve this at home, and how you can jump on that nostalgic french manicure train but with a fresh, modern twist.
Read on for a step-by-step breakdown, plus other versions of the design that might inspire your next set.