European Manicure Vs. French Manicure: What's The Difference?

You're tired of the same ol' same ol' when it comes to getting your nails done. It's time to be adventurous and try something new. You sit down in the chair and the styles just keep coming at you. Who knew there were so many different types of manicures? You decide to keep it simple by going for a more natural look. But, should you get a French or a European manicure?

While both styles might come from Europe and highlight the natural beauty of your nails, they have very different focuses. A European manicure works to enhance the beauty of your natural nails, while a French manicure is a more distinct look. So, if you want a French manicure and come out of the chair with a European one, you might feel more than a little disappointed.

Save yourself from any embarrassment or confusion by studying the differences between these two manicures. Knowing the facts in advance can make sure you walk out of the salon with a smile and gorgeous nails to boot. 

A European manicure improves and highlights your natural nails

The European manicure is the more mysterious of the two styles. It can easily get confused with the French manicure because it showcases the beauty of your nails and has a more natural look overall. However, the European manicure beautifies the nails, cuticles, and skin without the use of metal cutters. It also enhances your nail health. 

The European manicure allows the cuticle to remain intact and uses softening techniques to improve the look and feel of the skin around the nails too. Depending on the salon, you might find both wet and dry European manicures available. Some salons also use a special tool to separate any dead areas of the cuticle to allow it to naturally fall off.

Given the gentler nature of a European manicure, it's a perfect solution for those looking to restore the health of their natural nails. In fact, certain salons will even add a light coat of color at the end to give your nails a little sparkle. While the European manicure is a chic look that improves your nail health, the French manicure is all about the look. 

A French manicure leaves you with picture-perfect tips

The classic French manicure, also called French tips, really needs no introduction. It's the go-to for weddings, prom, and every other special occasion in a woman's life. It's a timeless look with a pink base highlighted by bright white tips — though, recently, people are experimenting with funky colors, as you can see in the above photo. 

While classic French manicures include a shorter, square white tip, modern French manicures boast an array of different long and short styles. Some salons might even spice up your manicure by adding different color tips or fun designs. You could also consider trying the matte French manicure if you're looking for something a bit more unique. 

This enduring style can be created in your bathroom or from the comfort of a salon chair. Unlike the European manicure, traditional methods of trimming the nail skin and cuticle will be used. This look is also commonly created on gel or acrylic nails too. Now you know, if you want to improve the health and beauty of your natural nails, the European manicure is perfect for you. Bright tips more your style? It has to be French.