Inspiring Nail Art From Real L.A. Girls

If there’s one essential you need for fall, we’d be the first to tell you it’s not a hat, bag, or statement shoe, but a kick-ass manicure. Part conversation piece, part accessory, nail art is sweeping Los Angeles as the coolest way to up your outfit’s style quotient, and have some fun with your beauty routine. We’ve told you where to go in our fair city to get the most outstanding mani and pedi, but before you head to CT III or Marie Nails, you have to check out our roundup of the 10 best nail-art manicures from real L.A. girls to get you inspired for you time at the salon. From a Mondrian-inspired masterpiece, to pointy, neon nail beds, to the cutest jewel-encrusted animal paint job, here are some serious examples of nail art done right, times 10!
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Name: Ashely Jones
Occupation: Designer at Dimepiece
Salon: Nail Service in Little Tokyo
Real or Fake: Fake
Inspiration: “YSL’s Mondrian print.”

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Name: Carly O’Connor
Occupation: Dancer
Salon: KLEUR
Real or Fake: Real
Inspiration: “I love animal print.”

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Name: Kylee Fauss
Occupation: Owner of Miss Wax Jewelry
Salon: Happy Nails in San Diego
Real or Fake: Fake
Inspiration: “Lime popsicles.”

4 of 10
Name: Laura Fama
Occupation: Designer at Dimepiece
Salon: Nail Service in Korea Town
Real or Fake: Real
Inspiration: “Barbie Dream House.”

5 of 10
Name: Tiana Brown
Occupation: Giogo Girl
Salon: Nail Garden at the Sherman Oaks Mall
Real or Fake: Fake
Inspiration: “Christian Louboutin.”

6 of 10
Name: Nicole Martens
Occupation: PR/Marketing
Salon: KLEUR
Real or Fake: Real
Inspiration: “Summer and fun colors.”

7 of 10
Name: Anne-Mary Pham
Occupation: Dental Office Manager
Salon: Self
Real or Fake: Real
Inspiration: “Colorful fun.”

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Name: Nicole Quesada
Occupation: Event Planner
Salon: Nail Klüb
Real or Fake: Real
Inspiration: “Sense of freedom and happiness.”

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Name: Karen Lacanilao
Occupation: Product Development
Salon: Self
Real or Fake: Real
Inspiration: “Obsessed with crackle right now.”

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Name: Gina Finch
Occupation: Student/Blogger
Salon: Done in Japan
Real or Fake: Real
Inspiration: “Pastels, the ocean, and stones that looked like bubbles.”

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