Animal-Print Nail Art Is The Chicest Summer Accessory

Animal print anything — from a bodysuit to a handbag — can seem like an intimidating (and impractical) addition to a jeans and T-shirt kind of wardrobe. But as of late, animal-inspired patterns are everywhere — from the leopard-print silk midi skirts all over Instagram to your best friend's manicure with cute cow spots.

Luckily, for those looking to Marie Kondo their closet, we're leaning into the latter, low-commitment version of animal print: the spotted manicure — which can be worn, admired, then wiped away with a little acetone. From snow leopard spots to chic brown tortoiseshell designs, we've created a guide to this summer's best animal-print manicures, ahead.

Leopard

Animal print can be considered neutral when the tips are short and the base is bare. It's like the polka dot's cool, older sister.
Or, if you've got the length and a sleek almond shape, try a leopard-print accent on just the tip.
Zebra

If you've long been a stripes type of girl, a zebra design is an easy upgrade.
Essie makes handy zebra-print stickers that you can just press on to get the classic design in a snap — minus the striping brush and intense concentration.
Cow

We've been thinking about this look ever since Kendall Jenner told the world she loves cow print. A crisp white nail bed with imperfect black spots sprinkled over the top is the nail trend we never knew we needed.
Sprinkle your white tips with cow spots for a fun take on the traditionally stiff French manicure.
Tortoiseshell

Tortoiseshell is a popular pattern for fashion accessories, like glasses and jewelry, and we love the glossy camel and black-spotted print on nails, too — even more so when it's mixed with a floral tip on the opposite hand.
Note to self: Plan your tortoiseshell manicure around your next trip to the pool.
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