31 Best French Tip Nail Ideas

French tip nails were everywhere in the ’90s and early 2000s — that pink or neutral base and perfect white tip was the best style to go with any outfit.

While the classic white tips manicures aren’t as prevalent anymore (though they’re still cute!), French tips with a twist are fun and on trend.

If you’re looking for a more modern version of this style, try one of these 31 ideas for your next mani.

One of my favorite nail polish brands and one that’s used for many of these designs is Olive and June! Use this link and the code jenb20 for 20% off your order of any of their systems.

(Find my full review of Olive & June here.)

31 Best French Tip Nail Designs

French Tip Nail Designs

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1. Rainbow French Tip Nails

Rainbow french tip nails
Image via @always.manicured

Bright colors on your fingertips are perfect for summer! To get this faded effect, rip up a makeup sponge and use it to apply the polish in the middle. Hold the sponge with tweezers to keep the rest of your nails looking good!

Colors from Olive and June: BEB, Orange Wedge, Hot Strawberry, Fierce & Loving, Megababe Blue, Lemony Lemon

2. Polka Dot French Tip

polka dot french tip
image via manimomentsofjoi

A French tip with a twist! Rather than perfecting that straight line, try dots! A collection of tiny dots gives you such a unique look. It’s easy enough that you’ll even be able to do it on your dominant hand!

3. French Tip with Silver Glitter

glitter french tips with olive and june beb
image via paintbynaptime

The perfect french tip variation! This beautiful manicure could be worn for your wedding, shower or even New Year’s Eve! This is made with just 2 colors.

Colors from Olive and June: two coats CCT plus one coat BEB with Exclamation Point

4. Gold Tips

Gold Tips
Image via @emjpolished

This design gives just a wink to the classic French tip, with a tiny sliver of gold at the end of your fingernail. If you’re worried about a typical white French tip looking dated, you’ll love the subtlety of this manicure.

Colors from Olive and June: 4 coats of BEB
OJSM gold tips

5. Messy Glitter Tips

messy glitter tips
Image via @karanailedit

It is hard to get the perfect straight line for a good French tip. Luckily for you, there are lots of cool ways to get around that problem. Use glitter polish for your tips. You can make the tip as thin or thick as you want!

Colors from Olive and June: CCT, Obvi

6. Red, Black and Green Tips

Red, Black and Green Tips
Image via @lecame.shesaw.shepainted

You can paint a classic French tip style but with your favorite colors or colors to celebrate a special occasion or holiday!

This manicure is perfect for Juneteenth, with the colors of the Pan-African flag. You can be celebratory without having to create any complicated design!

Colors from Olive and June: E&M, CV, WKF, HD and CNH

7. Double Layer Rainbow Tips

double layer nail tip
Image via @karanailedit

Bright colors are a great French tip on their own, but you can elevate the look by adding two colors to each tip! This rainbow manicure starts the rainbow colors on the thumb and then gradually moves through rainbow order toward the pinky.

8. Pink Marble Tips

Pink Marble Tips
Image via @nailsbysmf

If you’re an advanced nail artist and want to try something new, marbled nail polish on your French tip is a super cool effect. You might want to try marbling on your whole nail first to get the hang of it.

You can try marbling by hand with a paintbrush — you’ll put your colors together first on a surface. Or you may want to do water marbling where you marble the colors in water and then dip your nail.

9. Pastel Rainbow Mani

Pastel Rainbow Mani
Image via @lecame.shesaw.shepainted

Rainbows come in all shades, and this pastel rainbow mani is perfect for spring or summer!

10. Neon French Tips

rainbow french tips
Image via paintedwithpaige

Another twist on a French Tip is this one! Give it a rainbow vibe with colorful tips over a neutral base.

Colors from Olive and June: Your’e A 10, Lime Fizz, Cherry Crush, Mega Babe Blue, Wild Orchid

11. Smile Face French Tips

Smiley face yellow french tip
Image via @nailsbysmf

Don’t worry; be happy! Smiley faces are on trend and add such a cheerful element to your French tip nails! Choose your favorite shade of yellow for the tips for a sunny mani.

Using Le Mini Macaron Chamomile

Decals from Deco Miami

12. Polka Dot French Tip

purple flower nails
image via mani.mama.mini

Once you feel confident with polka dots and french tips and flowers, take them to the next level and combine them!

Start by painting your nails a neutral color. Next paint your french tip with a different color. Add polka dots with a 3rd color that pops. Around a few of the dots add fun abstract flowers.

Colors from Olive and June: The Queen Takes Her Tea With Milk, You’re Invited, HD

13. Rainbow Daisy Tips

daisy tips
Image via @karanailedit

I am obsessed with these adorable little flowers on your fingertips! It’s like your fingers are wearing a flower crown.

With a dotting tool, make the centers of the flowers all along the ends of your nails — this artist made them rainbow shades! Then use white to make dot flowers around the colorful centers.

14. White Iridescent Tips with White Heart Accent

Iridescent french tip with heart accent
Image via @nailsbysmf

Elevate the classic white French tip with small dots and a heart at the base of each fingernail. Top it off with a very pearly top coat!

Using Le Mini Macaron Pearlescence

15. Valentine’s Press On Nails

valentine's press on
Image via @nails.by.shni

If your hand isn’t steady enough to draw the straight line for a perfect French tip, there are tons of fun press-on nails to try instead! These sweet press-ons are pink, white and red with a tiny heart for a very romantic look.

From Olive and June: Valentine French Press-Ons

16. Floral French Tips

Bright flower tip nails
Image via @paintbynaptime

Brighten your day with some bright flowers at your fingertips! These little half flowers are easy to do and make a big impact.

colors by Color Club
It’s All in the Attitude
Star Light, Star Bright
Seas the Day
What a Gem
Island Vibes
Under Pressure
Jackie Oh!
Miss Bliss
Jamaican me Crazy
Cosmic Fate

Sheer Base from Olive and June: (The Queen Takes Her Tea With Milk)

17. Black French Tip

black french tip
image via @paintbynaptime

Who knew that just flipping the color of your French tip from white to black could make such a huge difference? Add a heart and a shiny top coat, and you’re done!

Colors by Olive and June: SD and SGT

18. White and Purple Floral Tips

nude with flowers
Image via @always.manicured

This manicure is perfect for spring! Bright colored flowers at the tops of your nails pop on the nude nail polish!

19. Blue Tips With Butterflies

Blue french tips with butterfly stickers
image via @nailsbysmf

Bright blue is a great color for French tips on both long and short nails! Add stickers, like these butterflies, to instantly change the look to something fun!

Cutest stickers from Deco Miami

Using  Le Mini Macaron Blue Vanilla

20. Pink Yellow Polka Dot Tips

Yellow and pink french tips with dots
Image via @karanailedit

Once you have the technique for French tips down, all you need is a dotting tool for this intricate-looking manicure. It looks so much more impressive than it is! Just pick your bright colors, paint the French tips, then make lines of vertical dots.

Base – strawberry milk by Kokoist USA
Colors from Olive and June: Sweet & Gracious, lemony lemon, orange wedge, hot strawberry, cherry crush and hibiscus

21. Polka Dot

polka dot tips
Image via @karanailedit

Here’s another take on the dotted French tip! In this one, use a very small dotting tool and keep all your dots on the painted tip!

22. Zebra Tips

zebra french tips
Image via @nailsbysmf

This is such a cool way to incorporate animal print on your nails. Paint the white tips — you don’t need straight-across lines for this design. In fact, it’s better if it’s a little slanted on some nails.

Then paint the black stripes. Do each nail a little different for the best effect.

Le Mini Macaron licorice and milkshake.

23. Black and White Checker

black and white checker
Image via @nailsbysmf

Dress up a French manicure by doing a really fun design on your ring finger. It’s a smart way to try your hand at an intricate design like checkerboard without having to repeat it on every fingernail.

Le Mini Macaron licorice and milkshake.

24. Cheetah Tips

olive and june press on

When you use Olive and June press-on nails, you have tons of options to choose from, like these red and white cheetah print French tips! They are so easy to apply and don’t damage your nails.

25. Spring Tips

Spring colors french tips
Image via @mani.of.the.moment

We all have our favorite color palettes, so use yours for an easy French tip mani! These fun colors are perfect for springtime!

Colors from Olive and June:
CCT base
French (thumb to pinky): Fierce & Loving, Grateful & Kind, Stinson Sunset, Glow, Wild & Free

26. Blue Tips With Daisy

bright blue french tip with flower on ring finger
Image via @nailsbysmf

French tips and flowers: the perfect combination! Go bold with bright blue tips and a single large flower on your ring finger.

Colors used Le Mini Macaron: Blue Raspberry, Papaya Sorbet, Milkshake, Creme Brûlée

27. Eclectic Tips

eclectic french tip
Image via @karanailedit

Who says you have to stick to one design? You can copy this wild combination of designs on each tip, or come up with whatever you want. Let your tools and tips inspire you!

28. French Tip with Flower Accents

retro flower with french tip
Image via @nailsbysmf

Get a retro look with this classic white French tip topped with fun ’70s flowers. Choose your colors, and then switch up which ones you use for petals and the centers.

29. Press On French Tip

french tip press on nails

Fun fact — you don’t actually HAVE to paint your nails to get the perfect French tips! These French nails are created with press ons! I’ve used Olive and June press on nails and love them!

Find my full review of Olive and June press on nails here!

30. Fall French Tips

fall french tips
Image via @nailfies.by.lexi

Warm up your look with some darker, autumn colors. They’ll go perfectly with your Pumpkin Spice Latte ?

Colors from Olive and June: CHM for base, JJ for tip

31. Purple Green Stripe Tips

Purple Green Stripe Tips
Image via @lecame.shesaw.shepainted

If plain white tips are too boring for you, try this cool design! This neon green and pastel purple give an electric vibe with little effort. Paint a thick purple tip. Once it’s dry, paint a line of green in the middle for that striped effect.

Don’t forget, use this Olive and June link and the code jenb20 for 20% off your order of any of their systems!

Need more nail inspiration and opinions? Check out my reviews of Olive and June‘s mani/pedi systems and press-on nails.

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About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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