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Reverse French Manicures: Snob or Slob?

Reverse French Manicures

The nail art trend presses on. Its latest victim? A twist on the French manicure. I’m not a fan of French manicures in the first place (although, I’ll admit to committing the crime in the late ‘90s). They look cheap and anything but French and just like fortune cookies, they were invented in America. Nevertheless, I find myself fascinated with these reverse Frenchies. Never one to shy away from the unusual, Dita von Teese has been seen experimenting with the style. It’s hardly classic pin-up, but that’s Dita’s appeal – bringing together the old and new. So I guess at least she’s on brand. Check out more manicures after the jump and let me know what you think of the look!

Reverse French Manicures

Like everyone else, I love black and whites this spring, but tuxedo nails? They don’t look very sophisticated. The style looks best when the half moon is a crescent moon – it’s subtler.

Reverse French Manicures

This is probably the least offensive look to me, primarily because it’s the least noticeable. Covering nail beds in a clear polish is your safest bet.

Reverse French Manicures

Do you think someone came up with this trend when her manicure grew out and she was too lazy to get a new one? Most definitely. Unfortunately, this gross glitter only makes your nails look worse.

Reverse French Manicures

If you’d like to try this look, I suggest covering most of your nail with a sticker and then painting over the whole thing with a clear polish. That way it will look as cohesive (and simplistic) as possible. Better yet – have your manicurist do it!



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  1. I agree with you on the original French Manicure/Pedicure…so over played. It is a trend that will not go away! I do however like some of these options?? I could possibly be convinced to try the lavender option but unlikely. I also do not love this trend of the super pointy nail either (see Dita in top pic). What happened to simple one color squared nails??

  2. I am so impressed with the nail beauty choices available these days, but I still like the old i.e. French Manicure. I didn’t’ know it was started in America? and the fortune cookie as well?

  3. Half moon manicures have actually been around since the 1920s. I don’t know if they were still popular in the 50s, but it’s certainly a vintage fashion choice. I love them, but can’t manage to create the look without the help of a pro.