From the often velvet-covered chairs to the glass bottles of beautiful colour lined neatly on marble-effect shelves, there are many things that make a visit to the salon a magical experience. And in 2023 we intend to take full advantage of our appointment with our nail technicians. How, you ask? By opting for some stunning nail art.
Remember when nail art consisted of water-painted flowers and glittery dragons? Those were the days. However, after its short-lived moment in the early noughties, nail art really dropped off the grid for a little while. In stark contrast to the grandeur and excess of embellished talons and intricate patterns, for the last 10 years or so, nail trends and manicures have, for the most part, remained monotonal, simple and polished.
However, over the past year or so, we have noticed that nail designs have started to get a little more fun again. From colourful rainbow nails to geometric designs, it would seem as though we are all looking for new ways to up our mani game. You'll be pleased to hear that nail art is officially back, and it's chicer than ever.
From negative-space designs and muted statements to intricate artistry and pretty glitters, keep scrolling for the chicest nail art to add to your inspiration board ahead of your next salon appointment.
Minimal Nail Art
Muted tones and simple spots—we're in love.
Karina proves that the accent manicure shouldn't be overlooked.
The high-gloss finish on this easy-to-achieve look is the ultimate touch.
If minimal designs are your bag, this one should be top of your list. A sheer, nude polish with gold sticker accents is beyond chic.
Why didn't we think of this sooner?
Is there anything Rosie Huntington-Whiteley can't pull off? This simple white-edge finish is seriously cool.
Transparent nails are an emerging nail trend, and they look incredible with nail art on top.
Switch up your manicure by utilising negative space on one or two accent nails.
Seventies-inspired nail art is having a serious moment. If you're not into the usual brights, this muted brown design is easy to wear and comes with all of the same retro fun.
Use hole-punch stickers to help achieve this rainbow look.
Update the classic red manicure with pink tips and half moons.
Switch up the direction of the stripes on each nail for a chic design.
Graphic and minimal, this nail art look is perfect for those with pared-back aesthetics.
French Tip Nail Art
How chic is this? We wouldn't expect anything less from nail queen Harriet Westmoreland.
The matte finish on this simple design makes all the difference.
Pay homage to your favourite designer with a logo mani.
Floral Nail Art
Whoever uttered the words "pink and green should never be seen" clearly hadn't laid eyes on this pretty floral manicure.
We love the retro feel of these curvy waves.
This design might look a little tricky at first, but once you dissect it, we promise it's not so difficult. Use manicure stickers to create a shape running along the bottom of the nail bed. Once dry, select a lighter or brighter version of the same shade and create a larger or smaller shape across the tip.
Can't choose between dots or stripes? Go for both!
Probably one for the experts, but we can't wait to take this design down to the salon eventually.
These straight lines might look simple, but they're anything but easy to create. Note how the matte background makes them pop.
Switch up your swirly mani but opt for a slightly different design with clashing polishes on each nail.
Marble Nail Art
Inspired by quartz gemstones, this stunning nail art will make you feel calm whenever you glance down.
How cool is this wavy effect?
Not great at freehand painting? Paint over confetti to get this cute finish.
You don't need to be a wiz at nail art to nail this design (pardon the pun). Paint your nails in a blush tone, apply smiley stickers wherever your heart desires and paint a clear topcoat to seal.
Evil-eye designs are cropping up regularly on our feed. The precision might require an expert hand, but the chic results are well worth it.
You don't need to have super long nails to pull off detailed nail art; in fact, it can look all the more expensive.
Sure, we're big fans of understated nail designs, but something about this bejewelled mani is calling out to us.
Glitter isn't just for the festive season. This glitter-dipped mani works all year round thanks to its minimal nature.
This halo manicure is next on our list to try, and it can be done at home. Use French-tip stickers to create the halo, and alternate which section you apply a glitter topper to on every nail.
For those who want to add a little bit of sparkle, this pretty nude design is perfect.
Bright and Bold Nail Art
Assemble your favourite shades, and do small, light brushstrokes to create an abstract look reminiscent of modern art.
Yes, those are maps.
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