The Deep French Manicure Is the Official Nail Art of Fall

French manicures may be the goody two-shoes of the nail art spectrum, but they just got an edgy update. Meet the deep French manicure. It’s the cheeky new way to bypass barely-there classic white tips in favor of thicker, more pronounced accents.

Deep French manicures work best on long, almond- or square-shaped nails since they usually start mid-nail. But they can add a statement-making finish to shorter nails as well. Don’t be afraid to experiment with bolder tips featuring everything from neon to fun prints.

Ready to get in on the trend? Here are the best deep French manicures we found while scrolling through Instagram.

Baby Steps

If you’re trying a deep French mani for the first time and want to keep things simple, stick with classic white.

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Nifty Neon

A super bright neon shade via jelly nails requires doubling your base coat to help the look-at-me color last longer.

Image: @eurbeauty

All the Right Angles

Working with square nails or a more angular shape? You may need to file your nails more often to keep everything intact. Add a little glitz with a cool accent on your pinkie.

Image: @kimkimnails

No Need to Match

Mismatched nails are also trending and work perfectly with the new breed of French manis. Opt for complementary pastels and play up the corners.

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Deep Dive

There’s no rule saying you can only go halfway. Use a burgundy shade to make the mani pop.

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Make It Marble

Take the deep French mani up a notch with a marble design.

Image: @unistella_kr

Flower Power

Use a nice floral arrangement on a couple of nails to break up the deep French monotony.

Image: @aines_nail

Cut Corners

There’s no need to cover the whole top half of your nails. Paint the polish on at an angle to up the drama.

Image: @wowwownails

Color Coordinate

Dip into the trend by only giving the nails on one hand the deep French treatment. Then paint the nails on your other hand a different shade and tie it all together with nail art in the first shade on one finger.

Image: @bellasalondb

Mix Things Up

Up the ante on pastel yellow and blue nails by working in strategic silver lines and a little colorblocking.


Make a Statement

Instead of painting all your nails the same peachy color, color the nails on your ring fingers ruby red.

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