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.
Our quest to find the latest in new nail looks takes us to some very odd places. This time, we're stealing inspiration from the polar icecaps, creating a glacial flow for your claws. Now, we know that this pattern — "Snow Caps" we call it — looks a bit unwieldy. But never fear, folks — we've broken this baby down into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced versions so you can jump in at your specific level of expertise and add flourishes as you see fit. Ready to embrace the chill, friends? Let's get started.
Photographed by Mark Iantosca