Nail art is one of those photogenic beauty trends that we could look at all day long. Somehow, scrolling through photos of nail art designs whipped up by nail art icons like Deborah Lippmann, Jin Soon and Paintbox is simply addictive — whether we plan to execute the nail design ideas or not.
Runway beauty is about more than hair and makeup — it's a trifecta that includes nails. Exaggerated eyeliner, acid neon colors and floral headpieces may have grabbed our attention during the Spring 2019 shows, but not even all the drama happening above the neck could distract us from the manicures since there were many gorgeous looks at the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris to draw inspiration from.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a distinct love for nail polish. I remember walking through drugstore beauty aisles in middle school completely enamored by display cases filled with rows of tiny, colorful bottles. I’d examine them all, pick up the colors that “spoke” to me, read their clever names and often walk out of the store with at least one new prize in my possession.
You're on your way to your nail appointment only to realize you haven't put an ounce of thought into what you'll be doing with your nails today. Sure, you could opt for a single nail polish color and keep things simple, but sometimes you're in the mood to get creative with your nail look.
During the summer, your go-to mani and pedi shades are likely bright pinks and oranges, crisp whites and sparkly ocean-esque blues and greens. Come fall, though, it's time to experiment with different nail polish colors. This season, there are quite a few gorgeous hues that top nail artists say will be in high demand.
Negative space nail art is a trend that has been around for a while and shows no signs of slowing down. The harder-than-it-looks nail art comes in various forms — the common denominator being the exposure of the nude nail within the nail art. This can mean anything from a fresh take on the French manicure to the uberchic minimalist manicures we see from the runways to the streets. These manis are relatively easy to DIY with the addition of tape, a dotting tool or your fave paint brush. Other factors that make these awesome designs even more desirable is the fact that you can often go longer between manicures because the nail regrowth is less obvious and chips in the polish are harder to spot (thank you negative space!) So if you're for a looking to create your own negative space manicure or let the pros handle it, we've got some killer looks to inspire you. Read on for some of our favorite negative space nail art designs.
Nail art is admittedly a huge part of any given New York Fashion Week beauty look — but few brands have taken to the challenge with quite as much gusto as CND and Libertine did on the Spring 2019 runway.
We first started seeing hand art becoming mainstream at New York Fashion Week Spring 2018. Models graced the runways at Jeremy Scott rocking glitter hands created by NYC nail artist Miss Pop. The bold look easily complemented Scott's bold designs. Models' nails were painted in a variety of electric neon shades while hands were bedecked with silver glitter (shown here).
There's nothing like the feeling of a fresh manicure — be it regular, gel, SNS or another new nail technique on the market. You instantly feel refreshed and ready to take on the day (even if you haven't showered and are still in gym clothes). But the tricky part is ensuring that it remains in pristine condition — shiny, vibrant and chipless — for at least a few days. This isn't an easy feat, even with the most skilled nail technician at your service.
While the summer-meets-fall intersection can be tricky to navigate on the clothing front, there's an easy way to make the jump when it comes to beauty. Switch up your nail color. You may think that summer calls strictly for bright shades and fall moodier hues, but it's really not that cut and dry. Eye-catching corals, neutrals perfect for French manis and borderline pastels can all still hold their own come September. If you're looking for something a tad richer, opt for olives, smoky teals, blackish purples and browns with a touch of sparkle. And it's never too early to indulge in a little pumpkin spice.
Every so often, a creative trend originating on Instagram unexpectedly takes the beauty world by storm. The latest one? Jelly nails, also known as "see-through nails" or "glass nails." They have translucent tips, tend to come in bright colors, are incredibly stunning and can be worn by people of all ages. That said, they remind us of the beloved jelly sandals a lot of us wore in our youth. You know, the ones that came in the cutest of colors and were typically sparkly. Iconic.
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! During the warm, summer months there are countless holidays dedicated to frozen desserts — some of our faves include #nationalicecreamday, #nationalcherrypopsicleday and #nationalicecreamsandwichday. If you're an ice cream and nail art aficionado, why not celebrate by wearing the sweet treats right at your fingertips. Here are some of the most adorable ice cream nail art designs — from the simplest, sweet accents to the most fantastical talons. Peep these ice cream nails and get inspired for your next summer mani.
The season of warm sunshine, crystal clear beaches and endless summer soirees seems like the most fitting time for experimenting and having fun with color. Though you may not cake on layers of colorful shadow or bold lipstick, having a fresh manicure is an easy way to sport your personality on your tips. If you find yourself in a nail color rut or playing it safe and choosing the same hue each time you paint, consider going bright next time you swipe on some polish.
It's summer and you know what that means? It's time to up your manicure game with some seriously colorful nail art designs. After all, a great mani is the perfect accessory to go with all your summer essentials, from your favorite gingham bikini to your brightest floral sundress. Whether you're looking for some delicately painted cacti or a neon rainbow (or something in between), there's a manicure soul mate out there for you. Read on for your next summer nail art inspiration.
Like a killer scarf or a one-of-a-kind necklace, your nail color can be a key accessory. Whether you get your nails done at a beauty salon or use a drugstore nail polish, the secret to the ideal mani-pedi is great nail polish. Because there's really nothing like the feeling of freshly lacquered nails.
Spring is here and floral manicures are hot. Some artists choose to go the realistic route, while others prefer a more free-form (sometimes cartoonish) approach. From the dainty to the graphic to the understated to the OTT, we've got flower nail designs for everyone. The looks range from ultra-feminine to downright edgy — but they're all guaranteed to give you major feel-good vibes. Peep the following designs and prepare to bookmark them for your nail tech or see if you can recreate them yourself. Prepare to be inspired by these beautiful blooms.
Whether you observe the holiday or not, it's fun to get into the Easter spirit with some on-point pastel nail art ideas. After all, Easter brings with it visions of frolicking bunnies, cheery chicks and playfully painted eggs — and what better mani inspirations could there be?
A good manicure can range from a solid color to 3D nail art and we've seen it all strut down the runway in past seasons. And while some nail looks require a Picasso-like manicurist, one of this seasons top mani looks can be achieved by even the most amateur nail artists at home. We've seen stripes and negative space nail art before, but this year is all about keeping it linear in the simplest of ways. "Lines are a minimalist yet graphic way to add personality to your manicure," shares Miss Pop, an NYC-based editorial nail artist and runway manicure pro. We talked with Miss Pop to get the low-down on how to swipe this trendy look on our tips this spring.
It may be called fashion month but let's not forget all of the beauty inspiration that comes out of this four-week runway fest. There's hair and makeup, of course, but in our book, the manicures are the star of the show. This season was no exception, with a variety of fresh new nail looks incorporating everything from glitter to texture to negative space. (Though if you're a nude nail kind of girl, don't worry, there was some of that too.) Here, six of our most-loved runway manicures from the Fall 2018 shows—plus the polishes you'll need to recreate them.