I must admit that when it comes to caring for my nails, I’m not an A+ student. Once every blue moon I’ll get a manicure, feel like the jazziest version of myself and vow to indulge in this small but semi-affordable luxury on the regular. It doesn’t take long for me to let the varnish chip with reckless abandon, absent-mindedly gnaw at my nails during more stressful parts of my day, and then wash it all away with a sea of acetone, to be forgotten until the next time I stumble into a nail salon on a whim.
In the spirit of self-betterment, I’ve decided to give my nails the attention they deserve. Regularly. I’m going in-house to make this cute habit even more affordable (can you tell we love cost-effective outfit updates here at COH?). As per usual, Instagram proved to be a treasure trove of #inspo in the nail department.
Below, 6 nail looks that you bet I’ll be trying out this month (and which you should, too!).
Pastel Rainbow Nails
Maria Bernard is undoubtedly one of the kewlest women on Instagram, and that extends all the way to her beautifully-varnished appendages. Lean into the pastel trend with a hand that looks like it’s been dipped in a rainbow of soft colours.
Tight ‘n’ bright is back, baby! Give the 80s a modern update with tiny hints of neon on yo’ nails like dream woman Thalea.
Ombre nails is the new balayage, you heard it here first. It’s kind of like the pastel rainbow trend’s more subtle, sophisticated older sister. Make like Liamay and go for a sunburnt orange-to-red vibe for an extra spicy look.
Picasso Nail Art
Okay, this one might require the help of a professional unless you have a v steady hand and impeccable artistry skillz. Turns out people are taking nail ~art~ very seriously, by recreating their favourite cubism pieces. I’m not mad at it in the slightest.
Matching Your Mani/Pedi To Your Snacks
Courtney Trop officially has the best nail game on Instagram (and probably in the entire world). The above two images are a lesson in matching your nails to your food, in order to create some seriously aesthetically pleasing images.
The New French Tip
Here’s a hot tip: give the nail trend favoured by noughties It girls a much-needed update, by eschewing the white tips for a black line. Very easy, very effective. Very french girl chic.
What are your favourite nail trends? Share your secrets with me in the comments section.