Timeless and classically simple as it is, the French manicure (hands) or pedicure (feet) is one of the most common beauty treatments for the toenails and feet. A french manicure is a classic pedicure or spa manicure / pedicure which makes use of two colors: a sheer nude or light pink color as base for the toenails, and a distinguishing thin white polish stripe at the tip. Depending on the length of the nails, the width of the band of the white polish varies. French pedicure is a popular pedicure style of choice when women want their toenails to look natural yet vibrant and polished, so their feet would look nice in open-toed shoes and sandals.
The term “French manicure/pedicure” was first coined during the late 1978 by Jeff Pink, founder of nail polish and treatment brand Orly. However, the technique is believed to originate back in the 1930s when Max Factor, the father of modern cosmetics, claimed he invented the look for the fashionistas of Paris (thus the French connection). Classic Hollywood stars were also sporting that look during the 30s. Others say the look was first seen even earlier during the late 1800s.
Nevertheless, the French manicure started to became popular after Pink created the first DIY French manicure kit for Hollywood actresses in the 70s and it quickly became a hit. He said Hollywood directors used to complain about how long it takes for actresses to change nail colors, so he was asked to make a color that would complement each wardrobe change. He thought the universal look for the nails that looks elegant at the same time is the color of natural nails. He created a flesh-toned polish then added white polish on the tip of the nails, and called the supplies he used as the “Natural Look Nai Kit”. The directors loved it as it will save them time and money in production. Stylists and actresses loved its simple and feminine appeal, which doesn’t upstage the outfit.
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