The Rainbow French Tip is Trending

This colorful take on the classic design is an instant mood-lifter.

rainbow french manicured hand with brown and nude chunky rings and green crocheted sweater
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The French manicure is a classic for a reason. It is simple in design, clean, and a solid option for those who want a little something more than a clear coat on their nails. However, white tips aren't the only option. People are getting creative and giving the once-dated manicure a fresh twist by incorporating every color of the rainbow into their looks. Rainbow French manicures are completely customizable: follow a classic ROYGBIV color scheme or create an ombré effect with five shades in the same color family — the choice is yours.

Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder of Olive & June agrees. "Looking at a rainbow French mani instantly lifts your spirits," she says. "Putting a rainbow color palette twist on a classic makes it feel fun."

When it comes to the design itself, you won't need any fancy tools, either. Instead, you can use the polish's built-in brush to paint the tip. "Once you've selected your shades, apply a coat of your first color to the tip of your nail using the side of the brush to sketch out the shape," says Gibson Tuttle. "You'll be able to clean it up later."

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Repeat this step on all five nails, then go in with a second coat to enhance the colors. Next, it's time for clean-up. Dip a nail clean-up brush into a bottle of nail polish remover and shape each tip by gently pushing it back before it fully dries. The last step is a high-shine top coat to protect all of your hard work from chips.

Now that you know how to do this nail art, you'll probably need a little inspiration to create your own design. Keep scrolling for some of our favorite takes on the colorful rainbow French manicure.

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Rainbow French Tips

This joyful edition of the classic French manicure was created with the shades from Olive & June's nail polish collection with Zeba, a lifestyle brand by beauty activist Nabela. If you're new to either French or colorful manicures, this take on the trend is a good starting point.

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Double French

You've mastered the basic rainbow French manicure, now level up with this swirly double French by nail artist Hang Nguyen. We love how artsy and abstract this look is, too.

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This clean design combines two trending designs in a single manicure: gradient nails and the rainbow French.

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Bold and Pastel

Orosa's desert-inspired nail polish shades were used to create this unique take on the classic rainbow French manicure, which features both bold and pastel shades.

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Negative Space

Love ombré colors, negative space, and square-shaped nails? Why not combine them all to create a colorful French manicure. This soft pastel color scheme just screams spring.

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This rainbow French manicure created by Betina Goldstein takes a vertical approach to the design. A genius option that elongates the nails for anyone with short nails.

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Pastel Ombré

Let fashion influencer Camila Coelho show you how the pastel rainbow French manicure is done.

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Reverse Rainbow French

Take a different approach to the traditional tip design and add rainbow colors to your cuticle area. This is dubbed a "reverse French manicure."

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This look is perfect for those who want to dip their toes into a rainbow French with just a hint of color for a minimal design.

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Full Rainbow

Go over the rainbow with this design that encompasses a whole colorful rainbow on each tip.

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