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People who favor a more classic nail look, rather than the ridiculous fluffy and face nail trends that have been sweeping Instagram, may want to get baby boomer nails once in life.

Baby boomer nails are all the rage in France and Germany. According to Pinterest’s 2018 Global Beauty Report, pins of this particular nail design are up 100%. And if you just asked yourself, “What the heck are baby boomer nails and why are Europeans loving it?”

You’re not the only one, we’ve got the same questions.

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What are baby boomer nails?

If you’re someone who favours a more classic nail look, rather than the over the top nail trends that have been sweeping Instagram as of late (remember jelly nails?), you’ll be pleased to know this latest nail trend offers the perfect blend of minimal nail art and timeless style.

Also known as French ombré or French fade, the Baby Boomer nail trend is basically a new take on the classic French manicure. While the traditional French mani features a light pink base with defined, contrasting tips, baby boomer nails blend the pink and white together, creating a seamless, gradient effect.

A twist on the classic French tips, baby boomer nails are white a pink frosted nails and have the same white tips as a French manicure but with a more gradual fade from pink to white.

Some people add a bit of glitter for a sparkly twist.


The acrylic design can be shaped into a point, squared off or rounded depending on personal preference.

Why are they called and ‘baby boomer nails’?


The name ‘Baby Boomer‘ is confusing because when we think of Baby Boomers, we think of our moms and grandmas. Well, the name comes from the classic look that many older women have worn for a long time, but really it’s a modified version of what we know as the ‘French manicure. 

According to nail artist Jade Tang, who spoke to Refinery29, the trend was named after the post-WWII generation because it evolved from the classic French manicure and dates back to around the 1940s. During that time (the baby boomer years), it was popular to paint your nails in shades of white and pink.

So for reasons that seem obvious this is why the frosted ombre pink and white nail trend was named because of the era the polish colors were most popular.