What Is A French Manicure?

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to feel the sun on your skin again.  But as your fingers and toes begin to emerge from their mittens and cozy socks, you may discover that they need some special attention to be ready for the upcoming warm weather.  After a cold, dry winter, spring is the perfect time to pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure.  Not only will these treatments rejuvenate your skin and nails, but they’ll also bring a pop of pizazz to your spring wardrobe and style.


Looking for a professional, versatile, and stunning upgrade for your nails?  Few styles are more classic than the French manicure.  Popular with Hollywood actresses since the 1930s, it is no wonder the French manicure has remained in high demand for nearly a century. 


What does a French manicure look like? 

A French manicure traditionally consists of a sheer, nude, or light pink base with a thin strip of white painted at the tip of each nail.  Stencils can be used to increase precision while keeping the two colours distinct and separate.  Often, the whole nail is then varnished with a clear topcoat to achieve a natural yet polished appearance.  A French pedicure uses the same process but brightens up your toes instead of your fingers.  


French manicures mimic the nail’s natural colours and beauty but accentuate the contrast between the nail bed and the nail tip for a subtle yet elegant appearance.  This makes it a perfect choice for dressy occasions as well as everyday engagements and activities.  And, because a French manicure uses simple skin tones, you won’t have to worry about your nails clashing with any of your colourful, springtime outfits.  For similar reasons, it’s also often a sought-after choice for brides and their bridal parties, as it goes perfectly with a white wedding gown.  But a French manicure can be used on any occasion!


Are French Manicures From France?

Like French fries and French kisses, French manicures didn’t actually originate in France.  However, when Jeff Pink, founder of Orly nail polish, coined and popularized the term “French manicure” in the 1970s, he credited its origin to a nail trend invented for Parisian women by Max Factor in the 1930s.  That being said, the French manicure has stood the test of time and continues to be a favoured selection for women seeking fashionable manicures all around the globe.  


Of course, if you’re in the mood for a splashier statement, there are many ways to expand on the classic French manicure.  Why not use bold or contrasting colours to spice up your look?  How about some extra sparkle, some nail art, or a new shape for your tips?  

When considering the options for your next manicure, trust AiNails & Spa in Winnipeg to help you select a look and experience that will leave you feeling ready for spring.  After the long, cold, and dry winter, you deserve a treatment that will leave your fingers and toes glowing and ready to display.

Posted on: Thu, 03/31/2022 - 14:49