No doubt, nail art is seriously having a moment. But we're already at a point where certain patterns have become passé (accent finger anyone?). To keep your tips covered in fresh, fantastic looks, we've compiled Nail Art's New Wave, a collection of our favorite new patterns inspired by super-talented manicurist Julie Kandalec and Maybelline New York's Color Show Nail Lacquer – plus hints on how to execute them perfectly.
We've studied the best new nail art styles on your behalf, and the versatility of this particular design was a huge turn-on for us. Here, we've broken down the steps you'll need to perfect "The Prep Stripe," in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced variations – from a simple, two-color format, to a wild, multi-line masterpiece. Have at it, schoolgirls.
Photographed by Mark Iantosca