Ever Wonder How French Tip Nails Started? French nails are an absolutely classic look, whether on long or short nails. The best thing about the white tip is that it is subtle, neutral, and goes with everything. No one is exactly sure on who invented it and where because several have claimed to found this seemingly timeless nail design. The furthest evidence has been found in the 30’s, but whether is it really “French” or not is the debatable point. Some say it originated in Hollywood, while others say it was founded in Paris in the 1800s but didn’t really catch on until later.