Matte French Manicures Are a Chic Twist on the Classic

If you've paid a visit to the nail salon recently, chances are you spotted — and perhaps even got — a french manicure design. The nail-art trend made a big resurgence a few years ago and hasn't wavered since. With the help of a lot of celebrities and top nail artists from around the world, various spin-off versions have emerged. What started with classic french tips — a neutral base with a white smile line on each finger — has become different takes such as "invisible," "deconstructed," and "shadow" tips, but you can't go wrong with the ever-chic matte french manicure.

Matte french manicures can be anything you want them to be, the only requirement is a matte top coat. The look creates that unpolished effect — but in a good way — that's polar opposite to the shiny, glazed-doughnut french that we saw pop up on Hailey Bieber and countless others. We've seen the matte french with the traditional colorway of white and pink, moodier tones for winter and fall, and even in a single color but with a different finish on the tip and the base.

As with any type of french manicure, the matte variation works on all nail shapes and lengths. You can wear the design on pointed stiletto or almond extensions, natural, rounded-square nails, or whatever shape you prefer. Other twists on the matte french include only a matte tip or base paired with a gloss polish, rather than painting the entire nail in a muted finish. Either way, matte french tips are a high-contrast manicure that is equal parts chic and timeless.

Ahead, get inspiration for your very own matte french manicure. Just be prepared: there are many, many different ways you can go with the look.

Matte French Manicure Ideas: Green Matte Base With Gloss Tips

Matte French Manicure Ideas: Traditional French Tips on Square Nails

Matte French Manicure Ideas: Blue Matte Tips

Matte French Manicure Ideas: Brown Matte Base With Gloss Tips

Matte French Manicure Ideas: Traditional French Tips on Oval Nails

Matte French Manicure Ideas: Ombré Brown Tips

Matte French Manicure Ideas: Blue Matte Base With Gloss Tips