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Miss Pop @misspopnails

Chaun Peth @chaunlegend

Naomi Yasuda @naominailsnyc

Steph Stone @stephstonenails

Michelle Humphrey @nailsbymh

Tom Bachik @tombachik

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The French
Reboot
The pink-and-white French manicure has been a salon
staple ever since Orly founder Jeff Pink introduced
the look at the Paris fashion shows in 1978. As the
demand for nail art has exploded in recent years,
however, the service's popularity has waned, dropping
off many salon menus all together ... that is, until
now. French manicures are popping up all over
Instagram feeds lately, with celebrities and salon
clients once again requesting the look. "Fanny packs,
power suits and bike shorts have all come back into
fashion, and so have their popular 1990s beauty
counterpart: the French manicure," says celebrity and
editorial nail artist Miss Pop.
What's different about today's iteration of the
French manicure? "Definitely the shape of nails has
evolved-it's more crisp and defined," says celebrity
nail artist Chaun Peth. "And creating a deeper smile
line helps give French tips a more modern look, in my
opinion."bPeth's go-to color combo right now: sheer
pink Tammy Taylor French Strawberry Meringue on
the base with white Presto #004 at the tip. "My favorite

shape to do for a French is the narrow coffin," he says.
"I think it's flattering on almost everyone."b
The color palette has expanded, too-anything
goes: Neons, brights, glitters and even patterns are
gracing smile lines, with nude, hued or sheer bases
all a go. "The three French manicures I sent down
the runways at New York Fashion Week weren't the
traditional pink-and-whites I learned in beauty school,"
says Miss Pop.b"They still celebrate the nail white, but
they're much more flamboyant. I painted exaggerated
smile lines, ombrés, negative space and bright colors
to breathe new life into the classic design." At Prabal
Gurung, Miss Pop painted a thin, white exaggerated
smile line over a tinted strengthener-Zoya Naked
Manicure Perfector in Pink, Buff or Mauve. And at Oscar
de la Renta, she created French-inspired looks with
vibrant tips: a brush-blended ombré French tip using
creamy orange Zoya Arizona, coral Sawyer and pink
Laurel, and a coral tip with a bold dot at the cuticle line
on a nude background.
While the classic French manicure has certainly
evolved since its inception, creating a crisp smile line
remains the key to achieving stellar results. "I usually
freehand my French tips with the brush straight from
the gel polish bottle, but for beginners, I recommend
the White Art Gel Liner from Presto and using a cleanup

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brush with acetone to wipe away excess," says Peth.
Another approach: "To get an elegant curve on my
French, I start by painting up from the sidewalls in an
arch with a striper brush," says Miss Pop. "Then, I use a
rounded stroke across the center to connect the curves."
Ready to freshen up your French? The only limit is your
imagination. "Go for glossy negative space," suggests
Miss Pop. "Switch out the traditional nude and
bring out the natural nail's blush tones with a tinted
strengthener. Or, forgo the white and snag a shade for
the French-if you really want to go big, grab 5 or 10
and do each nail tip in a different color."

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Nailpro - March/April 2020 - Intro
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