French manicure

noun

Definition of French manicure

: a manicure in which a band of usually white polish across the tip of the nail contrasts with the often clear or pale polish below [Michele] DiMauro … has always taken care of her nails. For many years, that meant a standard French manicure—pale pink base, white tip.— Cara Pesek There are some beauty trends that are more contentious than others. One of the more polarizing ways to polish up your digits is the French manicure. This technique involves painting the tip of the nail white while the rest is left clear, and is typically applied to long nails filed into a square shape.— Caitlin Agnew — see also french tips

First Known Use of French manicure

1981, in the meaning defined above

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“French manicure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/French%20manicure. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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