9 Prom Manicures That Are Way Cooler Than A French Tip

Every prom season, a flood of 18-year-old girls swarms the local nail salon. And no matter if their dresses are blue, green, or rainbow-colored, they’re all asking for the same thing: a French manicure. But this spring, we’re turning the traditional prom mani — a simple, white tip — on its head and giving it a cool-girl upgrade.

If you’re looking for trendy, but still minimalist, manicure inspiration — something that will get grandma’s stamp of approval but you won’t see on everyone else’s fingernails — you’ll find it in the slides ahead. From faded glitter tips to a bare nail with a teensy stripe of pink at the cuticle, scroll through to find (then screenshot) the prom manicure that’ll complete your artsy corsage shot.

Confetti polish is all the rage right now. We recommend finding a clear polish with bigger flecks of glitter, preferably with laser-cut hearts or stars mixed in.

Switch up where your glitter accent hits on each fingernail for a fun play on negative space.

To make your short nails look longer, try a super-skinny, pink French tip paired with a shimmery, rose-gold cuticle stripe.

You can’t go wrong with a nude polish with silver pop-out gemstones focused around your cuticle — it goes with any and every dress color.

Ask for your nails to be filed into a sleek almond shape, then add accent art. One option: These glitter droplets with a different color on each fingernail.

Orbit nails, but make them fancy.

If you’re wearing a corsage on your wrist, double down with a floral nail art design.

Burnished copper next to baby-blue pastel is a color combo that’s bright, spring-y, and inherently elegant all at the same time.

This glossy, candy-coated pink manicure is as easy as grabbing a bottle of Essie’s Sheer Silhouettes polish the next time you’re at Target.

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