This Controversial '80s Nail Trend Is Back, and We're Not Complaining

Sure, there are a lot of '80s beauty trends that we think are better left in the past. But we've been seeing some '80s-inspired trends that actually look like they fit right in for these modern times. Blue eye shadow can be done in a way that doesn't look like you've time-traveled. People aren't afraid to wear a bold lip in a bright color. And heck, the mullet is even updated for the 21st century. You might feel moved to ask for business in the front, party in the back during your next haircut.

But if you're not quite ready to rock a mullet aren't sold on these makeup trends coming back, there's a way that you can experiment and ease into it. A low-lift way to pay homage to the '80s is with neon nails.


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Adding just this pop of color to your nails can be fun, and you don't have to commit at all if you hate it. Give it a try, I say! For me, just looking down at brightly colored nails can make me smile and add a little pep to my step, so to speak. And rocking a fresh manicure can be a confidence boost.

If you're looking to experiment the next time you do your nails, take a look at some of our favorite neon polishes.

1. Yellow


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Why not start strong with a bright but not blinding neon yellow? First of all, yellow is such an underrated polish color. Secondly, this one is definitely for those who want to stand out.

2. Green

Another classic neon color, green is super vibrant. If you don't want to do something fluorescent, you can also opt for a lime green for a similar vibe.

3. Pink


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I mean, pink was big in the '80s, so how can you go wrong with hot-pink nails? It's super fun, playful, and feminine.

4. Purple

Don't sleep on neon purple. And if you really want to take it to the next level, you can choose a polish with some major sparkle.

5. Blue


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When it comes to blue neon nails, you can go with the traditional shade, but you've got other options here, too. Try electric blue or a super-bold turquoise.

6. Orange

Neon orange is a lot of fun for summer, but also, it's a lot of fun for times when you're missing summer. It's fiery and bold—give it a try sometime.

Up Next: And Now, the Most Popular Nail Colors of Summer 2022

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019. In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot). She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.