What’s the difference between a French and American manicure? The fundamental difference between a French manicure and an American one is to do with the color and in several nail salons the shape of the finished nails might be also somewhat different.
A typical French manicure uses a pink tone clear base all over the nail and then a thick white tip is painted across the ends.
An American manicure has the same look but varies in color using a creamy colored base, similar to a flesh tone, finishing off the tips with a touch of pink or even red in certain circumstances – still keeping it quite natural.
Sometimes the shape of the nail may change, with the American favoring a square shape nail rather than slightly rounded tips.
Again using the same format as the French with a pink clear base to start, you then take the white paint and paint on the tip of the nail an upside down V shape.
In the center of the V is placed a small rhinestone for extra sparkle. It looks great, especially if you are a bit of a disco diva!
- The French manicure has a white tip with a pink base. In contrast, the American manicure comes with a white tip, except its base is light beige.
- While the American manicure uses creamier colors, the French manicure uses stark white colors.
- Unlike the French manicure style, the American manicure is believed to have a more natural look, which gives nails a pristine look.
- The French manicures mostly use Orly White or Alpine Snow. On the other hand, Swedish Nude and Kyoto Pearl are used for American manicures.
- For the American manicures, squarer nails are usually preferred, where somewhat rounded nails are preferred in French manicures.