7 amazing nail art and manicure designs you have to try now
Nail stickers not your bag? Not so fast, says nail art guru Fleury Rose, who used strips of a decal on a high-gloss oxblood base for this stunning design. “These metallic designs can look sophisticated,” she says. “You just have to be inspired.”
1. Slick on a base coat.
2. Brush on two layers of burgundy, and wait for it to dry completely.
3. Using nail scissors, cut the stickers into strips of different sizes.
4. Randomly affix to each nail for a fun design.
5. Trim any hangover.
(Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Unnatural, $17; sephora.com.) (Essie Sleek Stick in Oh My Gold, $10; essie.com. )
Wine with Prohibition
And now for this season’s take on the half moon: two coats of a deep shade (like burgundy) plus the bottom left bare. “It’s more fresh than versions we’ve seen in the past,” says Rose.
1. Swipe on a clear base coat, and allow it to dry for 15 minutes.
2. Cut paper hole reinforcement stickers in half to fashion a stencil, and block off the bottom third of your nail.
3. Paint two coats of burgundy from the sticker edge to the tip of the nail.
4. Once dry, peel off each sticker and finish with a top coat.
(Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polish in Killa Red, $18; rescuebeauty.com.) (Avery hole reinforcement labels, $3/200; staples.com.)
Alternating earthy olive and a shiny grayish green creates a new kind of luxe camo design.
1. Apply a clear base coat.
2. Starting with your pinkie, paint every other nail with two layers of opaque olive green.
3. Layer bare nails with two coats of shimmery seafoam. Allow to dry for 15 minutes.
4. Paint the upper half of each nail with two coats of the other shade, swiping the brush horizontally across the center of the nail before filling in the top half.
(Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Loden Green, $8; cvs.com in September.) (Zoya Pixie Dust nail polish in Vespa, $9; zoya.com.)
Luxe Paint Splatter
Dusty green and sparkly metallic gold combine for major glitz factor. “It’s like wearing jewelry on your nails,” says Rose.
1. Sweep on a base coat.
2. Lacquer nails with two coats of green. Allow at least 10 minutes for the polish to dry completely.
3. Using the striper brush attached to the cap of the gold polish, paint random wavy lines onto the green base.
4. Finish with a topcoat.
(Butter London Nail Lacquer in Sloane Ranger, $15; butterlondon.com.) (Color Club Nail Art Striper in Bronze, $4; shopcolorclub.com.)
French (Tulip) Twist
Pointy tips and coordinating hues of bright and dark green make this subtly cool, easy-to-duplicate two-tone.
1. Brush two coats of olive green over the nail; glide the forest green diagonally down to the center-left edge (curve the line a bit).
2. Place the brush at the upper-left corner; drag it diagonally across to the center-right edge.
3. Layer tips with a second coat of polish.
(Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Mysterious, $27; chanel.com.) (Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Kink, $17; sephora.com.)
Studded Blue on Blue
Equal parts elegant and cutting-edge, these digits are the nail equivalent of spike Louboutin heels.
1. Start with a base coat.
2. Brush on two layers of cornflower blue, and let dry.
3. Using a striper brush, trace a thin line of navy around the edge of the nail. Paint on a second coat to thicken the line.
4. Dip a toothpick into a topcoat; use the sticky tip to pick up a stud. Put one at the tip and one at the base of the nail.
5. Apply a topcoat.
(Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Cameo, $17; sephora.com.) (Jin Soon Tibi Collection nail polish in Azurite, $18; sephora.com.) (Orly striper brush, $15; orlybeauty.com.) (Fuschia Nail Art small round studs, $2/100; mkbeautyclub.com.)
Multi-tonal highlights have moved from your locks to your fingertips for a casually hip design that reads fun and artistic.
1. Paint nails with two coats of a soft pink polish. Let them dry for 10 minutes.
2. Brush a clear topcoat over the edge of a makeup wedge, then brush the polish over that (the topcoat will dilute the navy).
3. Dab the sponge from the tip of the nail halfway down. Repeat on each nail.
4. Using a clean sponge, brush on navy (minus the topcoat), and dab the tip of each nail for saturated color. Wait 10 minutes for nails to dry.
5. Add a clear topcoat for shine and to help the layers blend together seamlessly.
(Orly French Manicure Nail Lacquer in Angel Face, $9; orlybeauty.com.) (OPI Nail Lacquer in Keeping Suzi at Bay, $9; ulta.com.) (Make Up For Ever HD Sponge, $13; sephora.com.)