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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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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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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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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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.