Why the gradient manicure is this season’s hottest nail trend

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Can’t decide on just a single colour?

Lucky for you (and us!) multi-tonal nails are in.

Animal print isn’t just for fashion, darling.

Moo-ve over zebra print, there’s a new black and white design in town.

This brings a whole new meaning to ‘nude nails’.

Neon? Now we’re talking.

Need design inspo? Just look at your most used emojis on your phone.

Peachy keen.

Self-love is the best kind of love.

If our crystal obsession wasn’t already at an all-time high, this amethyst mani just took us over the edge. Bare with while we go switch on a salt lamp and jade roll for twenty minutes to calm down.

The universal sign for ‘I love Sunday fry-ups.’

If you can’t say how you feel, write it on your nails. The smaller, the sneakier.

Let’s be honest, glitter nail polish is a total b*tch to remove on your own. This way you get the glitz, without the hassle.

The latest manicure trend to sweep social media? Shattered glass nails. According to Pop Sugar, the trend hails from Korea and uses ‘tiny shard-like shapes of iridescent paper to create a light-reflecting manicure.’ It’s so damn pretty, don’t you agree?

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Still clinging onto summer? Join the club. Let your nails carry the season over via dried flower nails, which see minuscule flowers pressed, dried, and placed onto the nails. So chic.

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Everyone on Instagram is keen for a slice of the tropics (no matter the weather) with negative space manis getting a fruity twist.

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More of a strawberry gal than watermelon? This teeny print design is cute AF.

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Jelly nails are the hot new manicure trend sweeping Instagram and we’re kinda into it. With serious 90s vibes, the manicure style is also being dubbed ‘see-through nails’ or ‘glass nails’ and is achieved by applying a clear translucent tip to the nail. Are you ready for this jelly?

Minimalist rainbows and metal nail art? It doesn’t get much cooler than this. Nails by Park Eunkyung of @nail_unistella.

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A little zesty nail inspiration to get you through this gloomy day on the hands of @fashionablykay.

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Negative space nails are probably the biggest nail art trend of 2018 and we’re loving this geometric take on it by @paintboxnails.

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Bejewelled nails are perfect for showcasing all your creativity – very Dolce & Gabbana. Would you have these for your next mani?

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Half-moon designs are nothing new, but we absolutely love the block colour combo of red and pink seen on the runway at Moschino. The perfect accompaniment to your pale pink coat.

This goes much further than a generic nail art idea. That’s right: what you’re seeing right there are actual tattooed nails! Yes, there’s a way to tattoo your nails at tattoo parlours just like they do on your skin (who knew?). The inking lasts for 6 weeks and apparently doesn’t hurt that much. Would you try it?

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The craze for crystals has invaded our yoga studios, front rooms and pockets. Now you can hop on the trend by requesting rose quartz nails too. Pretty, no?

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This crystal-encrusted 3d look is bound to turn heads with its striking volume and detail.

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Gareth Pugh is the Dark Prince of avant-garde fashion, and his creative genius extended to the nails at his show, with hole-punched pitch-black talons.

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Everyone knows red and pink makes the best colour-clash. Including Moschino, who accented cuticles in clashing shades at their A/W show.

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Pink! Leopard print! Rave bracelets! Nothing but good vibes at Jeremy Scott’s catwalk show.

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Statement nails – literally – marched down Vivienne Westwood’s catwalk in Paris.

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Our latest inspiration comes straight from the catwalk – more specifically, Jeremy Scott’s. We’re loving the golden art over red polish.

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Backstage from Riri’s Fenty show, the nails were daring. You might have to be as badass as Rihanna herself to pull these off.

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On a more approachable note, the design at Roberta Einer was kept sweet with candy colours and a tie-die effect.

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At Christian Siriano’s NYFW show the design was worthy of Channel’s tweeds.

But our favourite trend of the season might be this flower embellished mani – when is ethereal not beautiful?

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How gorgeous are these colourful gradients from nail artist extraordinaire Madeline Poole? We’re in love.

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Expressing your horoscope love through your mani? Yep, that’s a thing.

Want a simple, monochrome design? Try this ultra cool outline design…

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Or these chic ‘squiggle’ nails. How sophisticated!

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We love a metallic look, and this gold-meets-silver design is our new fave.

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If you’re a fan of bright designs, this one is perfect for you!

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A simple monochrome look with gorgeous gold details works so well. We love this look by Cheeky nails.

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Janelle Monae’s Met Gala 2017 mani was monochrome perfection! LOVE.

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Katy Perry’s red detailed nails were the icing on the cake at 2017’s Met Gala. She topped off an extravagant ensemble with these cool tips.

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Here they are in a little more detail!

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We’re so obsessed with Korean nail salon Unistella’s Instagram page – it always gives us so many mani ideas. Our current faves? These glitter-rimmed talons.

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Spotted on the Cushnie et Ochs’ runway, white nails with silver geometric details.

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We’re so coping the nail art on the Rodarte Spring-Summer show. Subtle golden glitter over transparent nail varnish.

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Marc Jacobs AW17 show proved nails can be a huge part of your identity! Spell out your name or favourite word with your mani for a touch of personalised genius.

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Who says you need nail polish for nail art? Wire should do it. Check out this cool design by Eun Kyung Park, the founder of Unistella salon. She manipulates the wire into different shapes and keeps the nails neat and tidy with just clear nail polish. Love this!

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At the Novis SS17 show at New York Fashion Week, geometric designs were in. Alicia Torello used Louboutin colours to make the nails pop.

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We are obsessed with these Kenzo striped nails – we might even have found our Halloween nail look!

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Alicia Torello created cool negative space nails at Cushnie et Ochs. She also used Louboutin for this French manicure-inspired look.

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Kim Kardashian matched her sparkling diamond to her stunning manicure at the VMA’s last night.
Celebrity manicurist, Kimmie Kyees used Essie Gel Couture in Sheer Fantasy to create the natural nails.

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Margot Robbie unleashed her bad side at the premiere of <Suicide Squad[/i] when she rocked up with ‘evil’ spelled out on her talons.
Celebrity manicurist Elle used Red Carpet Manicure to get the look – and chose jet black polish Black Stretch Limo to spell out ‘evil’.
Here’s our guide to the best summer nail art designs for 2016.

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Who’d have thought mini egg-inspired nails could look so chic? This design is perfect for spring/summer time and beyond.

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We ADORE the matte and shiny mix in Kerry Washington’s nail art. She wore this look to the 2016 Oscars, and shared a picture of it on her Instagram prior to the event.

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This gorgeous Christian Louboutin nail art at the AW16 Cushnie & Ochs show during NYFW had us all swooning. It’s super easy to recreate and perfect for anyone who prefers understated designs.

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At the AW16 Novis show in New York, this modern and futuristic Christian Louboutin nail art caught our eye.

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Loving the silver glittery mani, Swifty! The GRAMMY Award winner kept her manicure stylish and simple – with silver sparkles.

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We really want these custom-made Minx nails

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These jewel-encrusted nails were spotted on the catwalk at The Blonds SS 12 show: invest in some nail jewels and get creative for a party-perfect look.

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These super sharp nails sure are dramatic.

Yikes! This takes the term ‘eye-opening’ to a whole new level, courtesy of the Nail Design Gallery.

It’s all about Negative Space right now. A fully painted nail is just like so last year. This look doesn’t require a base colour, and gives off the illusion of lacquer floating against a naked nail bed.
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We love this summery Snoopy and Woodstock nail art from Instagram user @reina_morishita_bezu. To the beach!

Modern Family star Ariel Winter opted for snow white nails for the iHeartRadio Music Awards. We can’t be sure, but we think that’s a gun design on her ring finger.

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Whether you’re headed to Glastonbury or hitting the beach this summer, these ice lolly nails will ensure you win the manicure Olympics (that’s a thing, right?).

To get the look you’ll need the Lottie & Walls ASOS Exclusive Twister Nail Polish & Stencils Set, £15, available at www.asos.com.

Start with a coat of the lemon yellow and then apply the nail stickers to section off lolly stripes once dry.

Next, top up with the red or green layers as instructed.

Once all colours are dry, you can apply the Lottie & Walls ASOS Exclusive Lolly Nail Stickers, £10, www.asos.com, using a pair of tweezers.

Et voila, this Walls X ASOS manicure looks good enough to eat.

Actress Emmy Rossum’s muted camel-toned nails are brought bang up-to-date with these gorgeous eye designs on the half moons.

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Add a little fire to your talons with these statement ombré nails in fiery red, orange and yellow by The Illustrated Nail. See more from The Illustrated Nail theillustratednail.tumblr.com. We love this 80s vibe – check out 100 years of nail art trends in this film.

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Would you wear ‘I do’ nails on your big day? This girl did! We spied this wedding nail design on Instagram (#WeddingWednesday) and we think it looks pretty amazing. See more from Cazadora de Tendencias here.

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These nails are just dreamy – Jennifer Lawrence is giving us major wedding nails inspiration right now. J-Law sported this modern french manicure design at the premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

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Actress Busy Philipps attended the 2015 TV Land Awards, and for the occasion she decided to rock a purple mosaic design on her talons. Excellent choice.

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Lily Allen took to Instagram to show off her new talons, captioning the picture: “My kids are gonna freak out tomorrow #frozen nails by @sweetbcreations x x x”. We are extremely jealous of her nails, created by the Melrose Place manicurist Sabella “Bella” Snyder, especially because they feature Anna, Elsa and Olaf the snowman.

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Nail art and a Pacman ring? We can’t decide what we love more, here!
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We love ombré hair so of course, we’re loving the ombré nail trend too. Demi Lovato’s deep purple to pastel mauve designs are exactly the sort of thing we’re looking for this summer.

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Way to show off your engagement bling? Why not make like American dancer Allison Holker and alternate your nails between art and just one colour.

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A nail salon in Japan totally nailed (sorry) these anime-inspired nails. Even Pokemon Go has got it’s own nail art!

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Trust YouTube beauty guru Blair Fowler to have excellent nail art adoring her talons. We love the kiss lips mark and cartoon printed ones, here.

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Another star who is no stranger to spot of nail art, is Eliza Doolittle and we’re loving the simplicity of these coral and egg shell polka-dotted nails; perfect for the weekend.

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Teen actress – and voice of Dora The Explorer, donchya know? – Fátima Ptacek went hell for leather and nail art on the red carpet recently. With differing designs on each nail, our very favourite has to be that super adorable clock design. We want one!

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Pop artist Roy Lichenstein-inspired nails never fail to make a statement, whilst the simple plain white nails help the printed ones to stand out.

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These. Are. Incredible. The Illustrated Nail’s gold and pearl lattice designs can’t help but conjure up images of Elizabethan England in our minds with their rich, luxe detailing. In short; these are amazing.
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Jameela Jamil’s nail art takes its cue from a pack of cards. Simple, yet oh-so-effective.

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Who needs jewellery with these? Another beautiful design from The Illustated Nail; we love the idea of stones around the outside of the nail with deep, jewel tones in the centre as it makes the individual nails look like emeralds.
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How do you channel the nail art trend if you’re Jennifer Lopez? Get your name did on your nails, that’s how.

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With so many rings and jewels on her fingers, it’s no surprise that Kelly Osbourne went for something a little more pared down on her nails with this blue and cream design. However, if you’re a nail art fan this is a great option for the working week if your offices implement a strict dress code.

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Former Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams complemented her glittering red carpet gown with these gorgeous blush pink nails complete with gold-leaf and gem stone detailing on selected fingers.

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Rumer Willis’ pink and black nail art almost feels like it’s a design that even we might be able to have a good go at ourselves. The simplicity of the designs on each nail are statement in themselves, whilst the colour combo keeps it fresh.

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A fade-out from one colour to another is pretty easy to achieve once you know how. Just use a little nail polish on a make-up brush and dab onto the tips of your nails. To create Revlon’s Starry Night manicure, follow our simple guide.

Katy Perry gets political with her nail art, mixing mini portraits of US President Barack Obama in with her pretty blue, pink and white design.

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Electroic Digital is inspired by the 10s and features Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, Nail Enamel in Smoldering, White on White and Knockout and Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat

‘Punk’ is inspired by the 80s and features Revlon Nail Enamel in Iconic, Rebel,White on White and Quick Dry Top Coat

We &hearts; cartoon nail art. Pop princess Katy Perry stepped out in Japan wearing this ultra-cool manicure, featuring faces from MTV’s Daria on each nail. Cute!

As major cat-lovers, it’s no surprise we’re completely potty about this super-cute cat design. Emma Zentner created this look for Boohoo, you can see a step-by-step tutorial here.
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Designed by Jenny Longworth, Revlon UK Nail Ambassador, exclusively for the 2013 Isle Of Wight Festival, we love this ‘Summer Tie Dye’ design. Top Tip: Prep the nails by tidying their shape and gently buffing over the nail plate. Wipe a cotton pad soaked in remover over each nail to remove any dust and natural oil. This will create the perfect base for application. You’ll need: Revlon Base Coat, Revlon nail enamels in White On White, Flirty, Eclectic, Enchanting and One Perfect Coral, and Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat

Designed by Jenny Longworth, Revlon UK Nail Ambassador, exclusively for the 2013 Brits, we love this ‘Pop’ design. Jenny said: “I channeled my inner pop princess to bring a fun and playful vibe to this look. Using cult favorite Revlon nail enamel in ‘One Perfect Coral’ and creating a dotted design over the top kept the look young and fresh with bursts of bright colour.”

We adore nail wraps – these were showcased at a Vivienne Westwood show.

We spotted this multicoloured leopard-print-inspired design backstage at Topshop SS14… And instantly added it to our nail-spiration wall. Love this look.

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We love Pixie Lott’s red, black and fold manicure. Steal Pixie’s style and go for one glittery nail for a statement look.

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These distressed silver nails are a great take on the metallic trend.

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We adore this pink and silver manicure created for the Chanel Couture AW 12 show.
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How super-fun long sushi nail wraps?!

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This Revlon Rainbow nail design is a great way to brighten up a simple one-colour manicure. To get the look, follow our step-by-step guide.

The fastest way to super-chic nails? Opt for a super-glossy metallic nail colour. We love the oil-look Peridot by Chanel and Model’s Own Beetlejuice range.

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Why not channel your inner boho goddess with some pretty peacock nails? To find out how to create this look at home, follow our step-by-step guide.

Start with your light-blue base before adding the dark blue and white stripes. Leave to dry for at least 10 minutes in between each colour to avoid smudging.
This look was created by Jenny Longworth for Revlon.

Olivia Munn is perfectly-preened from head to toe: gorgeous polka-dot nails included.

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Talk about designer nails: actress Adrienne Bailon takes the trend to the next level with her Chanel-logo design.

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Create a disco ball on two of your fingers with little jewel-style beads.

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