Let me set the scene. It’s a Friday night, and I’m watching an episode of The Simple Life. Paris and Nicole are getting themselves into all sorts of trouble, and I’m wearing Juicy Couture track pants and online shopping for a Dior Saddlebag. I've spent all day listening to Gwen Stefani’s iconic (yet slightly problematic) album Love Angel Music Baby on repeat. Nope, I'm not describing an evening in 2004—this was literally last week. Clearly my nostalgia for the early 2000s has been kicked into high-gear, and I’m not the only one. From lip gloss, hair clips and mini purses popping off on Instagram, to the Motorola RAZR making a comeback, inspiration from the early aughts is running high.
Many say that era birthed some of the tackiest trends, and I would say they’re right. Juicy? I mean… Logo mania? Definitely. Miniest of mini skirts? Come on. But that’s kind of the point. The naughties had us playing with style and trends in a way that we just don’t now. Xtina’s Dirrrty looks or Britney and Justin’s matching denim moment would simply never happen these days. There’s too much pressure on looking cool, yet effortless, while back then people just played. More was more, no matter how gaudy.
However, the tides are changing, and from music to fashion these 2000s trends are creeping in and we’re having fun again. In fashion, that's the return of logos and low-rise jeans. And in beauty, just as equally polarizing is the return of the French manicure. While it might call to mind your Junior High Spring Fling or the Long Island Medium, I personally think a French tip is a classic look that is the perfect meeting of ladylike and fun.
I remember getting one for the first time and feeling so grown up, even though it was embellished with flowers and my nails were uneven from biting. But the trend came and went just as fast as Uggs, and by the time Miley had ditched Hannah Montana for dancing on ice cream carts, it was over, labeled a fashion Don’t by pretty much everyone.
Fast forward to 2019, and the nail look is popping up on my Instagram left and right now. But gone are the chunky square acrylics and thick white stripes of manis past. The new French Mani I’m seeing on cool girls far and wide has a rounded shape with a delicate tip (unless of course you’re going for a true throw-back look a la Kim K’s recent trip to the nail salon, in which you have my full support).
French manis are elegant and harken back to classic nail looks from the '50s and '60s, yet they feels clean and modern at the same time. It’s minimal and doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard, but has a touch of polish and vintage nostalgia. Plus, the style makes nails look super long, especially when updated with a subtle white to pink ombre like Kendall Jenner on the cover of Vogue Italia (when two members of the Kardashian/ Jenner clan jump on a trend you know it’s about to be huge).
I will say, this is generally a look best left to the experts (you should def consider a trip to the salon), but there are ways to make it work at home. A good place to start is with a french manicure kit, or I like Sally Hansen's nail art pen if I'm going to do a colorful tip. If you're hands aren't super steady, rope in a friend and do each other's nails. Throw on Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and make an on-theme night of it.
Published at Fri, 08 Feb 2019 16:00:00 +0000