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The French manicure is the OG of nail designs. Simple, timeless, and chic, it is the epitome of sophistication. Though the allure of the classic look will never fade, many of its iterations are equally enticing. The invisible version uses negative space and delicate lines and is perfect for minimalists. Contrarily, the double ombré style offers a mesmerizing multifaceted design for those who prefer to stand out. With so many styles, it’s hard to predict which will be the next big thing. But if Instagram is any indication, reverse French manicures are well on their way to being it in 2024.

Jin Soon Choi, celebrity nail artist and founder of nail polish brand JINsoon, told TZR that the upside-down look is bound to be a hit in the new year. Like the original design, the reverse French is all about simplicity. Instead of over-the-top elements, it relies on a single contrasting strip of color to make a statement. It may be minimal, but that doesn’t mean your manicure has to be boring. There are plenty of ways to spice things up — think rhinestones, bright colors, and glitter. Aside from that, this nail look is easy to DIY and requires more effort than skill to recreate.

If you’re stuck trying to find a design that suits your style, you’re in luck. Instagram is filled with inspiration to get your creative juices flowing. Below, the best reverse French manicures to bookmark for your next look.

Latte Inspired

Like any good nail trend, the reverse French plays well with other popular looks. This latte set is the perfect example. It incorporates elements from the coffee trend that flooded Instagram during the fall. But it also uses a crisp white polish to add some clean contrast.

Neon Lights

Neon brights aren’t just for summer. Turns out the highlighter-esque shades work exceptionally well with winter white. For a fun twist, try incorporating a rainbow of colors with your reverse French design. The cheery pops of color are just enough to brighten a dreary day.

Rhinestone Embellished

Rhinestones are usually associated with lavish nail art. But this understated design cleverly uses them. Instead of scattering them about, a single strip of gems is placed at the base of the nail. As for polish, this set features a natural pink that softly fades into a creamy white. The final look is clean and has just the right amount of sparkle.

Contrasting Colors

Swapping out the neutral colors for brighter hues is an easy way to update the classic. But why not take things to the next level? In addition to using vivid orange and fuchsia, this manicure flips the design for a bold look. Even better? This look is an excellent option for natural nail lengths. No extensions or technicians needed.

Simple Dots

Sometimes less really is more. This dotted design proves that you don’t have to go overboard to stand out. It uses tiny dots in a bright neon hue to create an unfussy statement. To nail this manicure, focus on creating a well-groomed and shaped nail. Then use clear nail polish to enhance your natural color and shine.

Optic White

Snowy colors are always a fun look come winter. With this cool set, you can lean into the reverse trend and the hues of the season. Look for a marshmallow shade that will give that optic feeling and a subtle grey for the contrast. Then, be sure to finish with a glossy topcoat.

A Touch Of Gold

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. While you’re planning your party outfits and makeup, don’t forget about your nails! If you’re on the hunt for an elegant design, consider this burgundy set. The vampy wine color is extra alluring with a slither of gold glitter polish. It’s the perfect look for any holiday affair.

Black Glitter

Speaking of New Year’s nails, this simple look is another great option. If subtle is your manicure preference, you’ll enjoy this set. The completely bare nails feature the tiniest strip of metallic polish. It’s just enough sparkle to make them party-ready.


Invisible French manicures are striking in their own right. With translucent elements and slim line detailing, they are truly unique. This set offers a fresh take on the look by using an upside-down design. The thin stripes around the base and outline of the nail give it a glass-like appearance that’s too good not to love.

Pastel Polish

Maybe bold and bright isn’t your thing. That’s OK, this versatile design is made for all types of manicure enthusiasts. Take a cue from this minimal version. The perfectly oval nude nails are great for nailing the “clean girl” aesthetic.

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