Nails

The Star-Print Manicure Is Still On The Rise, According To NYC’s Fashion Pros

The same way that heart-shaped chocolates feel less cheesy after Valentine's Day, stars have a way of trending after Fourth of July weekend has passed. A star-printed manicure reads as festive or patriotic when sported at the beginning of the summer, but actually becomes fresh and cool by the end of it — in this case, peaking in mid-September on the streets of New York City.

Whether you go for a glossy jet-black base, inspired by the Rebecca Minkoff runway at this season's NYFW, or bright-teal acrylic tips (concept courtesy of Lizzo), scroll through for the most popular star-print designs. Not necessarily Independence Day-oriented, just minimalist chic — they'll have even the most nail art-averse reaching for a striping brush or stickers this fall.

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At Rebecca Minkoff, the manicures were the star of the show, literally. Manicurist Gina Edwards started with black press-ons from Kiss (Salon Color Nails in Bonfires), then placed individual star decals from the brand's nail art kit over the top for what she calls "a glam rocker vibe."
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From the runways to aspirational celebrity style, Lizzo recently debuted a starry look: green hair, gold-star body art, and the chicest detail of all, a bright teal, star-studded manicure.
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Last fall, celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik posted a snap of Selena Gomez's pearlescent manicure sprinkled with freehand-drawn black stars — and we've kept it bookmarked for this exact moment.
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If an all-black manicure feels too extreme, use an inky shade to etch stars over a bare nail — like L.A.-based nail artist Hannah K. Fischer — which feels cute without trying too hard.
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These star stickers from Olive & June make DIY nail art so simple; all you have to do is peel and stick 'em over your pastel peach base.
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When placed over a glossy nude or clear base, white accent stars are timeless — and pair especially well with a distressed denim jacket, proven by nail pro Leslie Ngo.
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Even if you don't have a steady hand, this five-pointed shape, inspired by influencer Emily Jane Lathan, is easy to create with a striping brush — plus, you can disguise any mistakes with glitter.
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More of a maximalist? Place your accents over long pink acrylics for a rad take on star-sprinkled nail art, like NYC-based artist Alani Figueroa.


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For a texture play, make like editorial nail artist Betina Goldstein and use an iridescent polish — like this one from YSL — as a base, then add a 3D star decal on top.
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