This Nail Trend Is Mesmerizing — & SO Easy To Do

Photographed by Molly Cranna.
Nail trends are forever on a revolving door — even the French tips have come and gone. But even we have to admit that there are some a little too outrageous for us to attempt. (Yes, we'd put aquarium nails, the snowglobe manicure, and pierced fingertips on that list). But on a scale of clear top coat to weed nails, we think the latest trend falls somewhere in the middle: the "tiger's eye" manicure. If it sounds wild, just know that the design is eye-catching — in that realistic, attainable way most people want.
The name also probably sounds familiar. If you’re not instantly thinking of your tiger’s eye stone safely tucked in your pocket, then you’re probably remembering the “tiger’s eye” hair trend. And the manicure iteration is almost exactly the same. Except this time, a range of different colors are involved and it’s blowing up on Instagram and Pinterest. So is there a secret, and can we do it at home? Yes, and hell yes.
To get the marbled effect, all you need is a neutral base coat or a solid jet-black polish. Once you paint on two opaque layers, just sweep an iridescent metallic shade on top to finish off the look — and there you have it, an instant “tiger’s eye” effect. It's so easy, it just might stick. Click ahead for a few of our favorite iterations, and get ready to feel inspired.
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In love with my Tiger Eye gel nails 😍 @ji_nailart @blackfilenails #blackfilenails #tigereyenails #gelnails

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The shine! The shimmer! Everything about this look is mesmerizing.
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Accent nails are add instant glamour — especially when it blends different tiger's eye colors.
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#nail #nails #tigereye #tigereyenails

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If you're up on your gemstone knowledge, we would liken this one to the effect of pearls – with a twist.
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This manicure took the tiger's eye trend and combined it with the reverse French mani for something even cooler.
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The ruby hue and ombré effect is an A-plus in our books.
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#nails #tigereyenails #brown

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We're bookmarking this one for next holiday season — the swirled design is giving us major candy cane vibes.
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#gelmanicure #tigereye #cateyes #tigereyenails #cateyenails thanks to @crystalnailsny

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If you're not into the darker tones, opt for something bright and fun, like red and pink.
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A combo of deep navy and teal is a fancy substitute to solid black polish.
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We bet all your friends will be asking how you got that marble nail look the moment they see it.
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A bit harder to do at home, to be sure, but the pay-off is just as cute.
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This isn't a trend reserved for only the fall and winter. Bright, sunny colors can be used to match whatever season you're in.
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...when your nails are bomb! #TigerEyeNails

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We've got Boomerang gold on our hands.
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The fiery version of the classic tiger's eye pattern is key.
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Magic nails #tigereyenails

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The iridescent shimmer adds some funk to a dark polish.
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