45 Fascinating Nail Art Trends You’ve Never Tried

Emily Gold 02-08-2017 PM ET / 618 Shares

There are a lot of different things that you need to consider before doing your nails. And most of them revolve around the design process. Does this particular design fit your personality? Is this design practical and accommodating for daily wear? Do I have the skills and know how needed to actually pull this design off? You’re probably thinking to yourself “Wow, I never really gave a second thought to any of those things before doing my nails.” Most women just see a design they like, rummage through their box of nail polish, select the closest colors they can find to what they’re looking for and then try their best to make things work—often with less than stellar results. But that’s half the fun right? Today we’ll take a look at 45 unique and inspiring nail designs that we guarantee you’ve never tried before. So get inspired, clear your afternoon, and don’t forget to save and share your favorites!



Floral chevrons.

These nails look awfully similar to an expensive inlaid jewelry box made by hand somewhere far far away. The beauty and elegance captured by this design makes you want to throw on a kimono and drink tea all day while everyone around you admires your nails.

Floral chevrons by So Hot Right Nail

(So Hot Right Nail)

Gold foiled nails.

You can also vary your nail designs with gold foil, white ombre, and gemstones. This extravagant design is decorated with gold leaf and stick on gems. To achieve this gold fleck effect, apply a clear base coat before placing the foil for a clean and simple look. Use gemstones near the cuticle area on each finger for added balance and contrast.

Gold foiled nails by Camila

(Camila)

Matte black and silver nails.

There’s something about matte black and silver that makes for a polished and elegant look. If you’re looking to get decorative but not really feeling all the bells and whistles of some of the more outlandish designs, this simple, yet beautiful design is a great way to put your foot in the water without going all out.

Matte black and silver by Yuna Nakanishi

(Yuna Nakanishi)

Lipstick shade with crystal clusters.

Love that new lipstick shade you have but can’t decide how to decorate it? Adding a few ornamental pieces can give you the novelty you’re looking for without appearing too cluttered. In this case they choose to use a pair of pretty crystal clusters but just about any decoration will do.

Lipstick shade with crystal clusters by Tetsu

(Tetsu)



Purple glitter and marble nails.

Contrary to popular belief, marble nails, or water marble nails, aren’t as hard to pull off as people say. Yes, it sometimes does take a few tries to get it right but once you understand how the process works, it becomes rewarding and fun.

Purple glitter and marble nails by JauntyJuli

(JauntyJuli)

Wire outlines.

Nail designs don’t need to be colorful to shine. Sometimes something as simple as a thin gold outline can produce amazing results with a subtle cleverness that will have people doing double takes. For best results, a clean cuticle and a steady hand are key to pulling off this design properly.

Wire outlines by Park eun kyung

(Park Eunkyung)

Matte vs. gold.

Give your nails a golden finish with yellow gold tips that ooze luxury. The matte grey finish sets the gold up perfectly by offering just the right amount of contrast. Make sure to use high quality gold tips to avoid easy chipping which is the bane of all nail art.

Matte vs. gold by Madeline Poole

(Madeline Poole)



Sunbeam snake.

Foils always lead to some of the most complex and creative designs. These snake foil hologram nails are the kind of designs that prevent us from getting anything done around the house or at work ’cause we’re constantly getting caught in their mesmerizing trap. If you have a creative side and a little patience, we highly recommend experimenting with foils and the spectacular effects that can be achieved through layering.

Sunbeam snake by So Hot Right Nail

(So Hot Right Nail)

Sugar skull nails.

Want to brighten up your nails with a little Day of the Dead holiday cheer? These super cute sugar skulls and abstract flowers are an easy design that even the most novice of nail art technicians can pull off. Start with a white base, but remember to add the color first for the flowers, followed by the outlines.

Sugar skull nails by Jenny Fox

(Jenny Fox)

Denim nails.

Denim nails have been around for a while, but we’d be willing to guess that you’ve never laid eyes on them in person before, let alone rocked them. But we’re here to tell you that they look a thousand times better in person, photos never seem to do them justice. Give them a shot, they’re soo Brittney and Justin.

Denim nails by Park Eunkyung

(Park Eunkyung)

Chunky glitter.

Chunky glitters by Chelsea King

(Chelsea King)