How to mix things up and add a bit of sass to our usual uniform? The answer is indulging in some simple (but chic) nail art. Classic navy jumper and jeans? Spice it up with negative space nails. Simple black maxi dress? Hello, statement starburst fingertips. What adds attitude to a trench coat and bucket bag? That would be a pretty graphic design.
What’s in for this year, you ask? Anything and everything – the more experimental, the better quite frankly. As an introduction: gradient nails are having a moment (choosing one shade like classic red and taking it from cherry to merlot across your fingertips), graphic, painterly strokes are in (and surprisingly easy to create at home, provided you have a paintbrush handy) and, ermmm, well birds. You read that correctly. It’s the trend that none of us saw coming, but it’s here nonetheless. First, nail artist Hang Ngyuyen posted a pic of a delicate hummingbird to her Instagram. Two days later, London nail bar Dryby shared a heron-inspired design. Then LA nail destination Olive & June offset winter with a cheery flamingo creation.
With so many gorgeous and inventive ways to fancy-up your fingertips though, it can make choosing just one style pretty tricky. After all, it’s a lot of commitment (especially if you get a gel mani).
But, to help you in your quest, we’ve cherry-picked the very best nail art we’ve seen across the ‘Gram, catwalks, and celebrity claws to bring you a banging selection – including this season’s most popular trend, rainbow nails. Happy shopping!
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