Burgundy and black French tip nails are mysterious, luxurious, and stylish, especially in chilly weather. They’re perfect for making any day feel more special.
Burgundy is a power color that’s sophisticated and packed with ambition. This deep red is brownish with purple undertones. It’s named after the famous French wine and region of France. You can find similar shades under names like oxblood, merlot, Bordeaux, and sangria.
Meanwhile, black is elegant, enigmatic, and immensely powerful. This neutral shade is a lovely companion for burgundy. Let’s see what happens when these potent colors combine in a manicure.
Burgundy & Black French Tip Nails
LAVIS C02 - 12 - Gel Polish 0.5 oz - Scarlet Bloom Collection
Here’s a secret: sometimes you’ll see a design you love but you can’t find the matching shade. It’s not that the color is out of stock. Instead, it’s because the artist made a custom look. They used a lighter or darker color underneath to alter the outcome. This method works well underneath chrome powder, glitter polish, and cat eye colors.
LDS - 01 (ver 2) Black - Line Art Gel Nails Polish Nail Art
OPI Gel Nail Polish Duo - W64 We the Female - Red Colors
Isn’t it fascinating how a matte finish creates a more stylish look? And how do they get those perfect straight lines? If you’re worried your hand isn’t steady enough, remember you have helpers. Along with a skinny brush, you can use nail tape or stencils for flawless French smiles or geometric shapes. Just remove the drawing aids before the polish cures.
Lavis Gel Nail Polish Duo - 242 Brown Colors - Brownie Red
The secret to beautiful ombre nails is a makeup sponge. In the case above, paint the nails burgundy and let them dry. Then, paint two bands side by side on the sponge: one burgundy and another that’s black. While they are wet, press the sponge on the nail and rock it to transfer the polish. Repeat if desired. Clean up the skin if needed. (Liquid latex makes this step quick and easy). Finally, apply other embellishments and a top coat. Voilà!
LAVIS Glitter G05 - 23 - Gel Polish 0.5oz - Champagne Toast Glitter Collection
We love this gorgeous burgundy glitter and fashionable double French manicure. How would it have turned out if the accent nails or the second smile lines were black?
This upscale look with black French tips could also include alternating fingers with burgundy polish. The rose gold glitter would look exquisite with both colors.
LDS 013 Mulled Wine
Here’s a fun way to make French tips more modern: use contrasting finishes instead of colors. The glossy ends and matte base have a sleek vibe together.
LAVIS Gel Polish Super Black
Beginner’s Guide to Doing French Tips
No worries if you’ve never done a French manicure on your own. Here's a beginner-friendly guide:
Materials You'll Need:
- Base coat (prevents staining and improves longevity of the manicure)
- Black and burgundy nail polishes (or classics like white and nude)
- Top coat, glossy or matte
- French tip guides (stickers or stencils) or a thin brush for precision results
- Preparation: A French manicure is traditionally your nails but better. Remove old polish and shape your nails as desired. Make sure your nails are dry and oil-free by wiping them with rubbing alcohol.
- Base Coat: Apply the base coat to protect your nails and improve adhesion and durability. Let it completely dry.
- Apply the Bottom Color: Paint your nails with the main color. Apply one or two coats depending how opaque you want them to look. Allow it to dry completely.
- Tape for Perfect French Tips: If you're using French tip guides, place them on your nails where you want the colors to meet.
- Applying the Tip: Carefully apply the tip color to the free edges of your nails. If you're using a brush, paint a smooth arc following the natural curve of your nail tip. Try to keep the thickness uniform across all nails.
- Clean Up: Carefully remove the guides before the polish dries. Use a thin brush dipped in polish remover to remove excess polish from the skin.
- Top Coat: Brush on a top coat to protect the manicure and give your nails a durable finish. Brush the free edge for extra protection against chipping.
Remember, practice makes perfect. Your first try might not be flawless, but keep at it, you'll get better. Also, experiment with the tip thickness or the curvature of the line to find a style that suits you best.
Related Color Palettes
Burgundy and black are often seen as fall and winter shades. But you can wear either color year-round in assorted color combinations.
- Burgundy and Gray: A classic and understated pairing, light gray is a muted background that allows the rich burgundy to stand out. In contrast, charcoal gray provides a deeper, more dramatic backdrop. These combinations create a modern nail look.
- Burgundy and Turquoise: Here’s a lively pair! Turquoise adds a splash of cheer that contrasts beautifully with burgundy. This combination is playful and bold for creative designs.
- Burgundy and Golden Yellow: This combination suggests the warmth of autumn leaves. It's an excellent choice for seasonal nail art.
- Burgundy and Umber: Umber, a rich, earthy brown, pairs wonderfully with burgundy for a natural, subdued look. Try it if you prefer a toned-down style with a touch of elegance and warmth.
- Burgundy, Black, and Metallic Accents: Adding metallic accents like gold or silver to the black and burgundy palette advances the design to a new level of glamour.
As you can imagine, there's a lot of room for creativity. Each color combination offers a unique mood and style suitable for many different situations.
As our exploration of burgundy and black French tips concludes, we hope you’ll experiment with them to your heart’s content. Make these colors your own and create the nail art of your dreams!
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