16 PERFECT Ideas For Your Next Manicure

Photos: Courtesy of @karengnails.
Is nail art dead? For many seasons now, this same question keeps bubbling up and causing major debates among fashion critics and beauty fanatics alike. And, everyone's got a strong opinion. Our take? The trend isn't going anywhere — but it has definitely evolved in recent months. Just look at these next-level decals. Or, the fact that you can now transform snapshots from your iPhone into glorious nail wraps.
So, what does this mean for your fall nail game? Well, it's safe to say that the days of Polly Pocket-sized 3-D nail embellishments are officially over. Beyond that? We turned to Instagram to help us answer that question. We've scoured the feeds of L.A.'s top-notch salons and celeb nail artists, and found 16 fall manicures that are totally envy-inducing. Ranging from clean and sophisticated to oh-my-god-where-did-you-get-those-done cuteness overload, our picks showcase a more refined, but, still totally fun, manicure. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get clicking.
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Photo: Courtesy of @stephstonenails.
This mani, by celebrity nail pro Steph Stone, was inspired by Bradley Kenneth's Smiley Pills sunglasses. Cheeky? For sure. But, also, the perfect juxtaposition of polished and playful.
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Photo: Courtesy of @stephstonenails.
When in doubt, a bright, cherry red polish never disappoints.
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Photo: Courtesy of @oliveandjune.
We're loving the new trend of letting a hint of your naked nail show through. This red "x" design, spotted at It-destination Olive & June, is a super-easy one to DIY.
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Photo: Courtesy of @oliveandjune.
Think of this as your average silver French-tip mani, but flipped upside down. Isn't it amazing what a dramatic difference such a small alteration can make?
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Photo: Courtesy of @esnail_la.
The best part of this sleek, mod mani, spotted at ES Nail salon? It's super-easy to try yourself. Use two coats of a bright white polish, allow to fully dry, and then use a glossy black to make your one stripe. Worried about not getting a straight line? Masking tape will definitely help with that — just make sure your polish is completely dry before sticking it on.
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Photo: Courtesy of @esnail_la.
A light, matte gray polish looks fresh and fashionable — and totally on trend — for fall.
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Photo: Courtesy of @chinailbar.
As seen at Chi Nail Bar, glittery gold polish can get an ultra-chic update — just apply it only on the top half of each nail. No need to be careful about making straight lines — the uneven flecks give a gilded illusion that is really rad. Just "tap" a glitter polish onto the tops of bare nails, then finish with a topcoat.
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Photo: Courtesy of @chinailbar.
This delightful manicure makes us think of a Tiffany's blue box. The thin gold stripe gives it a sense of artistry, and really makes the baby blue tone pop. For a similar effect, try picking up metallic Mylar tape at your local crafts store and finishing with a top coat.
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Photos: Courtesy of @karengnails.
Okay, nail art lovers! If you're looking for something more girly than fashion-forward, we understand. This sprinkles mani by Karen Gutierrez is the perfect pairing of sugary, childlike fun and pop-art cool.
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Photos: Courtesy of @karengnails.
The one glittery nail trend is definitely nothing new. That said, this edgy silver and deep red work surprisingly well together. Keep it in mind for the holiday season.
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Photo: Courtesy of @nails_by_yoko.
Not a fan of 3-D nail art? You might want to make an exception for these cool, super-tiny geometric studs, as spotted at Nails By Yoko.
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Photo: Courtesy of @nails_by_yoko.
Seriously, how could we not include at least one really badass, spooky Halloween mani? The limited color palette (just red, black, and white) gives it an avant-garde appeal that's oddly reminiscent of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
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Photo: Courtesy of @blossombeautylounge.
The pros at Blossom Beauty Lounge give bold, graphic prints a softer, more subtle look by using nude and white polish.
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Photo: Courtesy of @blossombeautylounge.
The naked, peep-through nail strikes again — only this time, it's definitely more vampy! This is a great way to lighten up an ultra-vampy lacquer.
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Photo: Courtesy of @sohotrightnail.
Sometimes, simple really is best. And, this design by SoHotRightNail — a gold half-moon over a clear matte polish — is proof. (And, another easy one to DIY.)
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Photo: Courtesy of @sohotrightnail.
See, being picky about your embellishments can have major payoff. And, that monogram is no longer just for your Goyard, or that Rag & Bone jacket — it also looks totally chic on an accent nail.