Pearl French Manicures Are a Fun Twist on the Classic

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If glazed-doughnut nails were the manicure of summer 2022, then this year, pearl french manicures are proving to be an early favorite for the 2023 season. Blame it on Disney's live-action "The Little Mermaid" starring Halle Bailey coming out at the end of May, but all things mermaid- and sea-inspired are trending right now — from seashell nails to pearl makeup accents.

The success of these pearlescent nails should surprise no one. The design puts a twist on the popular french manicure to create a new unique look — yet it's still neutral and minimalist. Whether you're planning for a beach vacation or just intend to sit poolside all summer, the subtle ocean motif is the perfect accessory.

Pearl French Manicures For Summer

Pearlescent finishes have been trending for about a year now, but the pearl french manicure takes it up a notch while being a little less on the nose than seashell nails. The design pairs the neutral pink base of a classic french with a pearly smile line at the tip (instead of the crisp white shade traditionally used).

The good news for all DIY nail connoisseurs and salon girlies on a budget is — unlike some of the other equally fun but more over-the-top designs, like coquette nails — achieving pearl nails is actually quite simple. All you need is an iridescent white polish and the ability to do a french tip.

To get the look, try the OPI Nail Lacquer in Kyoto Pearl ($11), Nails.Inc What the Shell? Pearl Effect Nail Polish ($12), Dazzle Dry Pearl Polish ($22), or the Sundays L.08- Pearl Collection ($20).

To get ahead of the trend, keep scrolling for more mesmerizing pearl french manicures.

Pearl French Manicure

The pearl french manicure is an easy way to put a twist on your traditional french tip.

Pink Pearl French Manicure

You don't have to go for an all-white look with your pearl nails. A light pink hue looks just as beautiful.

Square-Shaped Pearl French Manicure

A white, shimmery nail polish is perfect for getting that pearly effect.

Short Pearl French Manicure

Short pearl french tips look just as elegant and chic.

Pearl French Manicure Tutorial

This pearl french manicure tutorials shows just how easy it is to recreate the design.