Creative Manicure Ideas

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manicure ideas

Photo by Michaela Rossata courtesy of InStyle

I am so boring with my nails. I always do red or deep berry on my toes and on my fingers...just some clear polish. Total snore, right?

My friend Melody had a funky nail polish look -- it was light pink going into darker pink...kind of like the color faded in. It was all done with polish, just took longer than a basic manicure. I loved it.

Then I saw InStyle's feature on 3 Must-Have Manicures. More inspiration!

Moon Manicure

The original "moon manicure" first showed up on screen stars back in the '20s. In graphic black-and-white, the two-tone paint job is bolder than ever.

Ombre Manicure

Subtle shade-shifting gives hands a cool and pretty effect. The best part? All you need are two shades to create your own custom ombre sensation.

creative manicure ideas

Photo by Michaela Rossata courtesy of InStyle


Mixed Metals Manicure

A smattering of gold and silver over gunmetal is equal parts grit and glamour. And getting the look is much easier than you think. (This one's my favorite.)

creative manicure ideas

Photo by Michaela Rossata courtesy of InStyle


So how can you get these manicure looks? See the step-by-step directions at InStyle.

 

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Which manicure look is your favorite?

 

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