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19 gorgeous nail art ideas to try

Just add sparkle

By ELLE.com  October 27th, 2017

With winter coming, treat yourself to a seasonal manicure with dainty details, flecks of gold, and OTT medieval vibes. Let these 19 incredible designs inspire your next manicure.

Ruby Red

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A ruby red will make your hands sparkle like baubles this holiday season. Pair Chanel’s 512 Mythique and 500 Rougue Essential to replicate the look. You’ll be prettier than any tree decoration.

Design by @stephstonenails

Playful Pink

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Pretty in pink with Deborah Lippmann’s Bed of Roses set. Paint the ring finger a sparkly gold to stand out. It is engagement season and you can never be too careful.

Design by @deborahlippmann

Ice Queen

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A lavender nail is usually a spring staple, but adding a bit of sparkle to this design creates an icy more seasonally appropriate effect.

Design by @painboxnails

Grayscale French

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Upgrade the traditional French manicure with a gray twist. The moody steel shades are perfect for sweater weather.

Design by @sohotrightnail

Honeymoon Manicure

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Turn your nails into a celestial wonder with this nail trick. Use a base coat in soft pink to add a delicate effect then draw on on the sun, moon, and stars.

Design by @oliveandjune

Dream Nails

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Known as the Halo nails, the circular sparkles and stars add a fun and festive note to clear nails. The only thing missing is the KiraKira filter.

Design by @naominailsnyc

Matte Black Nails

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It may not have the shine and sparkle of the other nail styles, but matte black—a color most commonly associated with luxury cars—stands out in a completely different way. Use color club’s Muse-ical gel to achieve the shiny lacquer look.

Design by @nailjob

A Bit of Sparkle

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Add bit of sparkle to your nail beds. Outline your nail with small crystals and finish with a clear polish.

Design by @naominailsnyc

Dainty Details

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Nail artist Frédérique Olthuis gave her negative nail a subtle shine. To get the look, paint a clear base coat and let dry. Add a thin, black stripe at the half moon. When sticky, add metallic flat sequins to the strip and seal it with a clear top coat.

Design by @trnailart

Half Moon Swipe

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Here’s another one for negative nail enthusiasts. Try this monochrome look by painting your half moons black, then add a swooping splash of white to one side of the nail.

Design by @ladyfancynails

Matte Colorblocking

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Try jewel-toned matte nails to match your jewel-toned party dress.

Design by @purplenailbox


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If you want three-dimensional glam, try Kayleigh Jean’s Sunday pearls design.

Design by @kayleighjeana

Medieval Jewels

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Go lavish with an OTT bejeweled nail. Apply the gems symmetrically for a Renaissance vibe.

Design by @nail_unistella

Gold Flecks

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Cop a bottle of gold fleck polish to add glitz to any base color. Easy and chic.

Design by @so_nailicious

Glitter Bombré

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Combining the nail super forces of glitter polish and ombré is nail artist Bel Fountain-Townsend’s “Glitter Bombre.” Fade your favorite shades of gold and copper from left to right for this high-shine look.

Design by @sohotrightnail

Global Influencer

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Self-proclaimed “nail artist connoisseur” Asa Bree Sieracki created this Asian-inspired look that has us in awe. Get the look by painting a white base, leaving your half-moons bare. Once dry, add details like bamboo shoots and cherry blossoms in royal blue. Finish with a top coat.

Design by @asabree

Wintry Pastel

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Tiffany blue and gold is a classic winter combination. Wear the two colors on the diagonal for a sweet but graphic design.

Design by @asabree

Half Glitter

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Go halfsies with a half black nail, with its own horizontal glitter ombré.

Design by @cassandre__marie

Robot Heart

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Chrome nails are heavily on our minds, but you can skip the salon with easy-to-apply nail wraps.

Design by @jamberry