Meet This Year's Hottest Nail Trend: The Baby French Manicure

If we had to name the It manicure of the 2020s, we'd have to say the french manicure. The nail-art look has dominated since its resurgence a few years ago, and it's showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Celebrities like Lori Harvey, Bella Hadid, and Natalia Bryant have all worn the trend, and as a result, there have been quite a few spinoff versions inspired by the classic. A new one you'll be seeing everywhere this season is the baby french manicure.

"The baby french mani is your typical french mani but with a thinner accent line on the tip of the nail," Lilly Rojas, cofounder of Brooklyn-based salon Lili and Cata, tells POPSUGAR. "It gives the french a more subtle and modern look." Though the baby french manicure looks good on all nail shapes and lengths, Rojas says, "It looks great for those of us with short nails because of its proportions." So if you've been on the hunt for a short-nail-friendly design to try, this is it.

The color combination you try with the baby french manicure is completely up to you. "I recommend you go with the colors you love and break away from the traditional white tips," Rojas says. "Many of our clients are having fun with it and go multicolor for their tips." When in doubt on what to pick, she advises you "pick the colors that make you happy."

Nails are a great way to express yourself and showcase your personality, so don't be shy. You can even incorporate glitter or chrome tips into the baby french manicure for some extra flair. "It's not your mother's french mani," Rojas says.

Get inspired to try the baby french manicure ahead.

White Baby French Manicure

This baby french manicure takes after the classic in every way — from the base color used to the traditional white tip.

Silver Glitter Baby French Manicure

Who says a baby french manicure can't be fun? This version uses silver glitter for the tips, which feels equal parts trendy and party-ready.

Coral Baby French Manicure

Coral feels like the unofficial color of the warmer months, so whether you're starting your summer nail mood board or headed on vacation, make sure to keep this coral baby french manicure top of mind.

"Digital Lavender" Baby French Manicure

What do you take when you combine the "digital lavender" trend with a baby french manicure? A masterpiece.

Square White Baby French Manicure

There's something about a square nail shape that means business. Opt for a baby french manicure design, and you'll look every bit like the boss you are.

Ultrathin Baby French Manicure

There are baby french manicures, and then there are newborn french manicures. Seriously, though, the smile lines on these nails are so thin, you can barely see them — and we love it.

"Lip Gloss" Baby French Manicure

So you've heard of lip gloss nails, right? Use the ultraglossy pink color as the base for your baby french manicure and thank us later.

Inverted Baby French Manicure

Normally, baby french manicures have the smile lines at the tip of the finger, but what if you put them at the base of the nail instead? You'd get this incredible manicure that we can't wait to re-create.