Toronto Fashion Week: Which Dark-Tip French Manicure Do You Like Better?

by Janine on 26 March 2013 · 5 comments

Tanya Taylor Nails - Photo by Michael HoIf you’ve been reading Beautygeeks for a while, you’re likely familiar with our unshakeable disdain for the stark-white-tip French manicure. We’re just. not. fans. The coloured French tip mani (aka contemporary French mani) however, we love.

But… there’s a weird thing about the black-tip+pale-nail combo.

I don’t know about Liza and Cranky, but I usually think it’s a little dirt-under-the-nails. There. I said it.

Here, lets look at some Fashion Week examples of what I mean:

Tanya-Taylor-Spring-2013-nails-2 Tanya Taylor spring/summer 2013, New York. A matte black+nude French tip mani. What beautiful hands — despite what I’m going to say next, this is a handsome manicure (the matte finish makes it — get the how-to at But this is also the one I think looks a bit like dirt under the nails. If the black tip were any thinner…

Mackage_World Mastercard Fashion Week Toronto_the CovateurMackage: Here’s another version of that black French tip, this time for last Wednesday’s Mackage show at World Mastercard Fashion Week. Essie Canada lead artist Rita Remark used two coats of Essie Topless & Barefoot (nude) as the base, and a thin strip of Essie Licorice (opaque black) along the nail edge. (Photo: Maybelline Backstage Canada/The Coveteur)

Contemporary French mani_Mackage_EssieTip: Rita recommends Topless & Barefoot as a universal nude. “It has a hint of pink in it that makes it flattering on every skintone,” she says.

Tanya Taylor Backstage_0089Tanya Taylor/The shOws: This mani is by the Tips Nail Bar team for the recent Tanya Taylor Fall/Winter 2013 show at The shOws in Toronto. This I actually like — because the dark tip is more generous, and I prefer the length and oval shape. (Photo: Edward James)

TT Nails Close Up - Photo by Maddy GrossNo thoughts of digging in a flower pot. (I know we first saw this type of mani several seasons back at New York Fashion Week — who remembers the designer?) (Photo: Maddy Gross)

Tips Nail Bar_the shOws_CoverGirl_nailsDon’t the little nails look like wee ballet slippers? The base is Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Silver Lining; the tip is Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Wine Stain. (Love this colour combo. Wine Stain=amazing.)

the dark french tip mani_contemporary french maniOkay, now let’s compare thinner dark tip to generous dark tip. Which would you wear?

Top photo: Michael Ho.

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YouLookHotToday 26 March 2013 at 11:03 am

I don’t know that I’d wear any of those – I don’t really dig ‘em. I think it has to do with a combination of things. I don’t like the nudeness/pale pinkness of the nail plate combined with the dark tip – it makes me think about playing in dirt. I DO, however, like a nude/pale pink nail with a bright tip (that means ANYTHING other than white – ugh – white tips – ugh). I also quite like the contemporary French tip manicures.

What I especially adore is the contemporary French tip manicure with a white line between the colours. That’s my favourite. I love that.


Janine 27 March 2013 at 11:50 pm

Me too re: thin black line — see “digging in flowerpots.” Still, I don’t see that so much with the silvery-grey + wine stain Covergirl combo because the tip is more stylized.


Moe a.k.a. @biggirlblue 26 March 2013 at 11:13 pm

I think the thinner one looks more like dirt under the nails. I prefer the wider one. I have not tried it yet but I would be more inclined to try with a less neutral color I think — looks less dirt under nails.


Janine 27 March 2013 at 11:51 pm

I’m with you, Moe. And I love the French tip in colour too.


Addicted2kdramas 28 May 2013 at 6:59 pm

I don’t like the look of the black tips, but I’ve seen Korean actresses with tips in other colors that I liked better. Like dark blue, green, purple, etc. I just haven’t had the nerve to try it myself yet.


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