The ‘Micro French’ manicure is here to make you rethink everything you know about the French manicure.
If the words ‘French manicure’ conjure up images of perfectly preened, pared-back nails, you wouldn't be wrong. The OG style has become synonymous with grown-up sophistication since its inception in the 1930s.
But over the last few months, a new iteration of the famed nail trend has been making waves; one that’s a little more creative than its counterpart. Enter: the ‘micro French’ manicure.
Perhaps you’ve already heard of it. The term has been gaining traction for a while now, with almost 300 million views on TikTok and countless new colourways and textures cropping up by the day – not to mention a whole host of celebrities popularising the trend, from Hailey Bieber to Jennifer Lopez.
So what is the ‘micro French’ manicure?
“A micro French is a modern and delicate take on the classic French manicure,” explains Juanita Huber-Millet, Founder and Creative Director at Townhouse. “Instead of a thick white tip, this manicure typically features a thin, delicate line painted along the edge of the nail, giving it a more subtle, unique look,” she adds. Though it draws on the sophistication and simplicity of a standard French manicure, the aesthetic looks and feels more creative and fun as it's usually elevated via a pop of colour or alternative texture.
While it's typically featured a razor-thin line in the past, the latest instalment, which comes courtesy of Jennifer Lopez, takes on a micro French chrome effect too. No stranger to fuelling a mani frenzy, J Lo’s latest nail upgrade which Tom Bachik calls the ‘Micro French Fantasy’ is an amalgamation of the viral glazed donut manicure, cellophane nails and micro French trend, which blurs the effect of a French manicure using a chrome polish.