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 after salons were closed for the best part of a year over 2020 and 2021, this year, we intend on taking 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, in the last 12 months, we have noticed that nail designs have started to get a little more fun again. From colourful rainbow nails to chic gradient 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.
Combining two of our favourite nail art trends—marble and gold foil—to seriously chic avail.
Floral nail art is all the rage right now, but Hannah's daisy tips put a new spin on the trend.
The inspiration behind this nail art was chocolate. We dig it.
We don't know what we're more jealous of: Fanny's pastry or her cherry nails.
Inspired by quartz gemstones, this stunning nail art will make you feel calm whenever you glance down.
These straight lines might look simple, but they're anything but easy to create. Note how the matte background makes them pop.
Show us something chicer than this glossy, tortoiseshell-inspired manicure. We'll wait.
Another gemstone-inspired manicure to covet. We love how Shelly has outlined her opal nails with thin slivers of silver.
Sticking to powdery tones, Claire demonstrates the most stylish way to do rainbow nails.
Whoever uttered the words "pink and green should never be seen" clearly hadn't laid eyes on this pretty floral manicure.
Another excellent example of a rainbow manicure, courtesy of Claire Most's coffin nails.
Assemble your favourite shades, and do small, light brushstrokes to create an abstract look reminiscent of modern art.
It would appear that cherries are the fruity nail art to flaunt right now.
Karina proves that the accent manicure shouldn't be overlooked.
Probably one for the experts, but we can't wait to take this design down to the salon eventually.
Graphic and minimal, this nail art look is perfect for those with pared-back aesthetics.
In our opinion, you can't go wrong with Skittle nails.
Who knew yellow nails could look this good?
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.
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.
Bright flower power talons in a rainbow of bright shades? Sign us up!
We've got big ideas for a matching gingham blouse-and-mani combo thanks to this intricately executed design.
Switch up your swirly mani but opt for a slightly different design with clashing polishes on each nail.
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.
Give a pastel manicure a chic update by incorporating graphic shapes and negative space.
Not only is this green shade bang on trend for 2022, but the daisy detailing really levels things up.
Photo:Nail art ideas: @thehangedit
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.
Glitter isn't just for the festive season. This glitter-dipped mani works all year round thanks to its minimal nature.
Sure, we're big fans of understated nail designs, but something about this bejewelled rainbow mani is calling out to us.
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 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.
There's something charmingly Y2K about this mismatch design, and we couldn't be more into it.
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