It’s safe to say that TikTok has been a host to its fair share of confusing memes, but perhaps the most confusing one of them all is ‘Sky Blue French Tip 1.5’. In case you’re unfamiliar with this trend, it seems completely nonsensical. Why do people make fun of a specific colour, type, and length of nail when they are joking about something else?
Even if you know what the joke is about, it doesn’t really make much more sense even if you’re part of the joke. Regardless, here is everything you need to know about the meaning of ‘Sky Blue French Tip 1.5’, how the phrase is used, and why it has become so popular over the past few years.
What does Sky Blue French Tip 1.5 mean?
An example of a Sky Blue French Tip 1.5 nail is a specific style of nail. Several of the most popular videos following this trend include captions like, ‘When she asks for a nail color, tell her ‘sky blue French tip 1.5′ and watch her reaction.’ Another user says, ‘When she asked me what color nails she should get, I told her ‘French tip sky blue 1.5′ and now I’m blocked.’
In a nutshell, the joke is that it is unusual for a man to come out with such a specific and detailed response when a woman asks him about her nails, so when she hears this response she will assume that he got the information from another woman, and that he is cheating on her.
There has been a rise in popularity of the phrase in recent years as a way for boyfriends to prank their girlfriends, in some cases even recording their reactions. The responses range from suspicion to outright anger depending on the situation. YouTube and TikTok are two of the most popular sites for these types of videos.
The topic of blue nails has been a topic of interest on TikTok in the past. In particular, last year, there was a popular discussion where women noticed that most men would respond to their question with a light blue nail colour when they asked their boyfriends what colour they should use on their nails. It has been a long-standing tradition in society that light blue nails are a sign that you are in a relationship since then.
Why it’s confusing
When you have ever had your nails done before, you might be thinking that describing a nail design as ‘sky blue French tip 1.5’ could seem a bit odd to you, especially if you have never had your nails done before. This is largely due to the fact that when you go to a salon, you might specify the shape and color, but you don’t usually ask for a length in inches when you go there. In most cases, you just have to show the nail technician what you want them to do. It is ironic that, even though this phrase is meant to convey an in-depth understanding of nail art, it actually conveys the exact opposite message.