Natural nails with white tips can be traced back to the 1800s. Back then, women would brighten tips of their nails crisp white using some lemon juice or vinegar. The term “French Manicure” came into use in the 1970s.
It’s rumored that Jeff Pink, the founder of Oryl, initially designed the white tip with a nude superimpose to enable Hollywood ladies to have one nail look in a movie that conforms to all their costumes. The designer then introduced the nail design to the Paris runaway where it gained profound popularity among designers hence the name French manicure.
As the chokers and brown lipstick were dominating in the 1990s, so was the white tip nail design. The design came with well pronounced, sometimes square-shaped tips like those Jennifer Lopez wore once. In the 2000s, the trend extended to aughts – like the ultra-fem nail design that Jessica Simpson once wore amid her reign as a pop-star.
Although the French manicure’s popularity subsided with the fading of Jessica Simpson’s era, we saw it resurfacing at Chanel on the 2013 spring runaway. The numerous evolutions that this design has undergone over the decades have left us with the many stylish white tip nail trends we see today.