This Rad Nail Art Trend Will Save You Time & Money

modeled by Ariana Romero; photographed by Tegan Davis; produced by Yuki Mizuma.
Anyone who swears by the staying power of a gel manicure knows that the glossy, cured polish is both a blessing and curse. Yes, the color is shiny and beautiful for weeks, but the second you miss your next appointment, your grown-out color suddenly look more janky than polished — and practically begs to be peeled off in your weakest moment. Luckily, there's a chic trend that will save you money and the frustration of timely removal. Behold: The next wave of negative space manicures have arrived.
The most recent influx of these minimalist-approved nail designs is a happy marriage between the simple designs popular ahead of Coachella, summer's bright polish, and the modern French manicure. We're talking about a classic half-dip, crescent moon swoop, glitter face, and so much more. Even better, since they're built on a base of clear polish, they're all low-maintenance.
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Ahead, the raddest polish trend Instagram is loving right now.
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Keep it très chic with a classic color paired with this modern, rounded nail shape.
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Although this trend is minimal, you can still add tiny details to stand apart from everyone else on your feed. Pro tip: Dots are the easiest nail art look you'll ever try, just pick up a thin brush at your local beauty supply store, use a small square of foil as your palette, and go to town.
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It's hard to resist the 24K Magic of this gold leaf-inspired mani.
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Similar to the always cool cat-eye, this upside down triangle elongates the nail with the simple illusion of negative space.
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We love when the negative space is angled across the nail, like you see here. Bonus points if you add chrome foil for a flashy pop.
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After sweeping on a your-nails-but-better polish, feel free to get artistic with the color.
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Nothing says summer like a pale yellow mani in this playful, crescent moon design.
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This fuchsia polish and glitter top coat will keep your rosé-on-the-moon alive — at least until Labor Day.
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Quitting your favorite nude is hard, but pairing it with a half moon design like this gives it a fresh update.
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Leave it to the funky NYC nail artist Ria Lopez to create these customized designs.
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Make your polish last even longer by keeping the smallest sliver of your natural nail peeking out. In two weeks, you'll have an even cooler design on display.
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No base color means no obvious grow out, so be sure to keep cuticles hydrated to make your mani last even longer.
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Who says you have to decide on just one polish?
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Brighten up your hot, hazy August with some cherry-red negative space.
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Or stick to your usual glossy black. Layer it with a cured silver polish to really make these angular tips pop.
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