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.
We've already talked about how you probably need to move on from calling things "tribal" or "Navajo," so we figured we'd title this hot, new pattern "The Southwestern." And indeed, this complex combo has us thinking less about Native Americans of the Southwest, and more about hippie desert excursions and Santa Fe brunch spots. Whatever inspiration you draw, The Southwestern is a true looker — a nail art stunner that is much more than the sum of its parts, which we're about to explain to you in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced installations. Hang on, ya hippies.
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