The 5 Coolest Nail Trends To Know Before Your Next Manicure

There was no shortage of creativity backstage at the NYFW Fall 2017 shows this month. Cool-girl bangs and curls of all types came out of the hair department, while Tumblr pink complexions, blood-red lips, and upside down eye makeup ruled the face. But the real fun was being had on the fingertips.
Like always, there were a handful of nude nails, some classic red manicures, and navy and black polishes thrown in, but really, it was all about nail art. However, this wasn't your traditional clean, play-it-safe, stay-within-the-lines nail art. It was loud, it was messy, it was dangerous. (Seriously — some of the embellishments could poke an eye out.)
Click through our slideshow to see the fall manicure trends that you'll soon see everywhere.
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Metallic Mosaic

Shimmery polishes and chunky glitter top coats got the patchwork treatment. The result? Strategically applied polish that turned nails into multifaceted works of art.

The models at Naeem Khan showed us nails that played off the collection's rock & roll vibe.
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Start with a gold base, then top the edges and tips in clusters of glitter for a collage-like effect, as seen at Tadashi Shoji.
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Manicurist Rita Remark dipped a fan brush into Essie's Penny Talk — a rosy copper hue — then swiped it back and forth across the upper half of the nails at Michael Costello.
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In a cool play on texture, the yellow-gold fish scale nail art complemented the dual-toned smoky eyes at The Blonds.
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At Christian Siriano, nail artists layered unexpected shades on top of each other, proving that seemingly random experimentation can pay off. Burgundy was used as the base colour, then Essie's Leggy Legend and Splash of Grenadine — a bronze and bright magenta, respectively — were drawn on in wave formation. To finish, pink glitter was sprinkled on top.
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Photo: Peter White/WireImage.
Pierced & Pointed

Who needs brass knuckles when you can pierce your stiletto nails, hook chains and sharp objects through them, and scare every person who looks your direction? (We're joking...kind of.)

Philipp Plein showed off a version that would make all former — and current — Hot Topic shoppers proud.
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A gold tassel hung off an eclectic set at Libertine.
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Be careful swinging that thing around if you cop the nails shown at Baja East.
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All Lined Up

Half moons, French tips, and dainty dots have new competition — sharp lines of all kinds came out as the clear winners for Fall '17.

All you need to recreate the clean and simple manicure at Cushnie et Ochs is some creamy white polish and silver striping tape.
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Tracy Reese showed a take on candy cane striping — using one coat of Dermelect's Blue Blood — that can be worn year-round.
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Behold: The double accent nail trend getting its start at Monse.
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Jin Soon created nails that looked as though they were carefully dipped in soft gray paint backstage at Prabal Gurung.
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A modern twist on the chevron manicure, as seen at Jenny Packham.
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Status Symbol

It's needless to say after the previous trends, but here goes: Gone are the days of subtlety. Instead, go big with brand logos, emblems, and bold designs.

The models at Marc Jacobs wore their loyalty on their hands.
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Grunge was the name of the game at Nicole Miller, where manicurist Holly Falcone topped black nails with the kind of doodles you'd do using Wite-Out in detention.
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Big star designs can look a little Warped Tour, if you know what we mean. The trick to making them more high-fashion is to take a cue from the ones at Jeremy Scott. Translation: Stay away from black and white.
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Select At Random

Can't decide what the hell you want to do with your nails this week? You don't have to. Grab the three or four (hell, or five!) polishes you're debating between at the salon and alternate 'em, or only polish a couple nails on each hand for an incomplete mani that's perfect for lazy girls.

Manicurist Naomi Gonzalez used a combination of earthy shades that created a "Zen balance" alongside the textiles in Creatures of Comfort's collection.
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At Zadig & Voltaire, only four fingers in total got attention from lead manicurist Tracylee — in the form of patent black tape along the cuticles or a full, dark blue nail.
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Jin Soon used her nail polish in Charme, a milky yellow, on the pointer fingers only.