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Top 20 French Manicure venues

Here is our pick for the top venues offering French Manicure from around Australia.

  1. Boutique Nails and Beauty
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    Boutique Nails and Beauty

    Shop 6 / 10 Robertson Street, Gisborne 3437
    Boutique Nails and Beauty is a premium nail and beauty therapy provider in Gisborne, specialising in flawless manicures and pedicures.
    (46)
  2. Julex Nail Spa - Prahran
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    Julex Nail Spa - Prahran

    514 Malvern Road, Prahran 3181
    For the smartest nails in Prahran, book in for a mani or a pedi at Julex Nail Spa. Get perfect nails with polish, Shellac gel, acrylics or an SNS dip powder.
    (27)
  3. The Queen Beauty and Massage
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    The Queen Beauty and Massage

    Suite 806 level 8 365 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Experience the ultimate relaxation with The Queen Beauty and Massage. Services include massage, eyelash extensions and facials to cater to all skin concerns.
    (50)
  4. Llume Skin Hair Body
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    Llume Skin Hair Body

    93 Orrong Crescent, Caulfield North 3161
    Llúme is an upmarket salon located in Alma Village in Melbourne’s Caulfield North providing a variety of hair and beauty services.
    (28)
  5. Greville Nails
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    Greville Nails

    124 Greville Street, Prahran 3181
    Greville Nails is a boutique nail salon located in Prahran. The expert team are consummate professionals, consistently delivering high-quality manicures and pedicures.
    (17)
  6. Just Wax It
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    Just Wax It

    167 Trimmer Parade, Seaton 5023
    Just Wax It is Seaton’s leading hair removal clinic specialising in men’s and women’s waxing and traditional beauty services.
    (5)
  7. Hali Nails & Beauty
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    Hali Nails & Beauty

    Shop 3 / 77 Prospect Road, Prospect 5082
    (62)
  8. Absolutely Polished Nails
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    Absolutely Polished Nails

    29 / 31 Somerset Place, Little Bourke St., Melbourne CBD 3000
    Are your hands or feet in need of TLC, head straight over to Absolutely Polished Nails, Melbourne CBD. This award-winning nail salon has everything you need.
    (86)
  9. Trend Hair Beauty
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    Trend Hair Beauty

    212 Bridge Road , Richmond 3121
    Trend Hair Beauty is a brand new Richmond hair salon with a finger on the pulse of the latest trends in unisex hairstyling.
    (11)
  10. Nail Paradise
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    Nail Paradise

    Shop 4/ 332 Centre Rd, Bentleigh 3204
    Enjoy a relaxing mani or pedi at Nail Paradise. The company offers services including shellac, nails, nail art, gel nails, eyebrow waxing, tints, and more.
    (14)
  11. Beauty Blitz Skin & Body
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    Beauty Blitz Skin & Body

    Shop 8 76 Queens Road , Slacks Creek 4127
    Beauty Blitz Skin & Body is a wonderful gem. Book in for an expert wax, heavenly facial, and eyelash extension, hot stone massage, or spa pedicure.
    (27)
  12. Divine Camila Beauty
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    Divine Camila Beauty

    2/227 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst 2010
    Divine Camila Beauty will take care of your whole body while you relax and unwind. This cute salon stands out for its impeccable service and beautiful staff.
    (114)
  13. Pure Passion Hair and Beauty
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    Pure Passion Hair and Beauty

    77A Anderson Street, Yarraville 3013
    Get all your hair and beauty needs covered in one place with Pure Passion Hair and Beauty. Services include hair, skin, nail and eyebrow threading.
    (23)
  14. Xallini Day Spa
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    Xallini Day Spa

    402 Hampton St, Hampton 3188
    Step into a spa oasis with Xallini Day Spa invite. Indulge in luxurious hair, beauty and massage treatments including remedial, deep tissue and aromatherapy.
    (40)
  15. Frann and Sara Hair & Beauty
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    Frann and Sara Hair & Beauty

    81 Lower Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe 3079
    Amazing haircuts are just the beginning at Frann and Sara Hair & Beauty. The lovely salon covers nails, waxing, threading eyelash and brow treatments, and massage therapies.
    (18)
  16. Island Sea Nails & Beauty - Pyrmont
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    Island Sea Nails & Beauty - Pyrmont

    99 Miller Street, Pyrmont 2009
    Island Sea Nails & Beauty is your go-to for beauty treatments and nail care. From manicures, to pedicures, lash and brow tinting, eyelash extensions and waxing.
    (48)
  17. Modern Nails Brunswick
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    Modern Nails Brunswick

    134 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
    Feel amazing from top to toe with Modern Nails Brunswick. From acrylic colour, to Bio Sculpture gel, waxing and eyelash extensions, they're experts in beauty.
    (57)
  18. Mollyfuns Nail Art
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    Mollyfuns Nail Art

    Level 1, 241- 245 Lonsdale street, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Mollyfuns Nail Art will customise each manicure and pedicure to the guests' unique needs. The experts offer impressive nail art design, and lash extensions.
    (6)
  19. Excel Nails - North Terrace
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    Excel Nails - North Terrace

    Shop 3 (inside the New Royal Adelaide Hospital), North Terrace, Station Arcade 5000
    Excel Nails - North Terrace specialise nails, you can expect excellent affordable service. Choose from SNS, shellac, acrylic and incredible nail art.
    (7)
  20. Channie Beauty
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    Channie Beauty

    75 Pelham Street, Carlton 3053
    Retreat from the stress of everyday life with Channie Beauty. Offering facials, spray tanning, manicures, pedicures, waxing, massages, and eyebrow tinting.
    (6)
Average rating of venues offering French Manicure across Australia
4.6 · based on 1489 reviews of 257 venues

French Manicure

Despite the plethora of amazing new nail techniques available in today's salons, one more traditional style remains as popular as ever, and that's the French Manicure.

Having said that, there are some variations on a theme but we'll come back to those.

The traditional French manicure is best described as an enhanced version of your natural nails. The idea is to create a set of beautifully manicured nails with a pale pink nail bed and dazzling white tip. Just like you own nails only better.

Glamorous and Sophisticated

Rumour has it that the name of this manicure was invented by the aptly-named Jeff Pink, the creator of Orly nail polish. Seriously, what else could you call such a glamorous and sophisticated look? It was not born in France, but in a small Californian suburb called Calabasas.

The tale is quite delightful. Apparently, Hollywood actresses spent far too much time getting their nails painted to match their outfits. Movie directors approached Pink for a solution and this is what he came up with.

Suddenly everyone was doing it, starting with mega songstress Barbra Streisand. She even raved about it on national TV. The beauty of this look was that it was elegant, versatile and went with everything.

Classic and Timeless

It wasn't long until the French manicure exploded onto the fashion runways and found its way into influential magazines such as Vogue. Classic and timeless it will never go out of fashion.

When you Google 'French manicure' you'll be bombarded with advice and YouTube tutorials showing how to recreate the look at home. Two words: don't bother. Whilst a straightforward manicure and polish may be possible at home, a French manicure takes expertise.

The ratio of pink to white has to be perfect and the finish needs to be sharp and polished. A French manicure can be done in gel or acrylic and there are a couple of different methods.

Acrylic or Gel

The easiest way is to glue white plastic tips to your nails using clear acrylic. The other method is far more complicated but does produce a more natural-looking and durable finish. This method involves sculpting the white tips onto the nail.

Amidst the glitz and glamour of nail art, neon shades, stiletto nails and more, the French manicure remains the epitome of sophistication and style. Feminine, clean-looking and understated, this is a very popular wedding manicure.

New techniques and style variations are constantly being introduced, the latest being spray-on French manicures. This uses aerosol technology to apply the white section of the nails, resulting in a perfect finish.

Variations on a Theme

In the salon, your nails can be filed round, oval or square. You can also choose how much white you want to show.

Another variation doing the rounds is the frosted French manicure. This is a traditional French manicure, finished with an opalescent coast of polish. You'll also find a Reversed French Manicure (literally what it sounds like), black and white or red and white French manicures.

The Inverted French Manicure uses high-gloss black for the main nail and gold for the cuticles and decoration. Coloured Tips is another popular style, where the body of the nail is pale pink or opaque white, and the tips are different colours. Often a thin line of gold or silver polish will separate the two.

Then there's the Ombre French Manicure, as popular for nails as it is for hair. The list of choices just goes on.

Go for Health

Remember, as with any manicure using acrylic or gel, your nail health is very important. Whilst these treatments will cover up all sorts of problems, the better your own nails the better the results will be.

To keep your nails in optimum health and enjoy your own perfect French manicure, use Bookwell to find a salon in your area.