Nail Trend: The New French Manicure

The traditional white tip is out in favour of sophisticated colour and metallics

Photo by Anthea Simms

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Once the epitome of style and class, a pale shell-pink nail with bright white tip has become dated in a world where flashy nail art reigns supreme. But this year, a trendier cousin of the French manicure has risen to the runways. As seen at the fall 2012 presentations of Donna Karan, Behnaz Sarafpour and Rebecca Minkoff, dark and metallic French tips are all the rage. Here, we give you a few of our favourite colour pairings:

1. The Sophisticated Day Look: A neutral base with dark tip in purple, burgundy or navy is a subtle twist on the classic mani and is perfect for the office or a lunch date. FLARE picks: GOSH Nail Lacquer in Miss Sweety, $7, at Shoppers Drug Mart. OPI Nail Lacquer in Suzi & the 7 Düsseldorfs, $10, at professional salons and spas.

2. The Night-time Party Look: A metallic base such as gold or silver with a dark, sparkly tip is an ultra luxe look for a special evening out. FLARE picks: M.A.C Nail Lacquer in Screaming Bright, $19, Butter London 3-Free Nail Lacquer in Gobsmacked, $17,

3. The Duo-Tone Tip: As seen at Rebecca Minkoff, sometimes two stripes are better than one. Rather than a single white strip at the end of the nail, choose two colours (such as pale blue and bright red) to create a double-layered tip. Paint the base of the nail in a neutral hue. FLARE picks: Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Modern Love, $16, Essie Nail Polish in Boxer Shorts, $10, at professional salons and leading retailers. Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer in Strike A Pose, $11, at Shoppers Drug Mart. 

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