A guaranteed way to ensure your look is perfectly polished (pun intended) is with a fresh manicure. But for the bold and fashion-forward, a simple swipe of a single color just won't cut it. Lacquer-loving individuals take their nails beyond the norm to make a statement, with eye-catching nail designs that showcase impossible intricacy and wondrous compositions to satisfy every whim.
From bright and geometric to forward-thinking takes on the classic French, the year offered up a creative catalog of new ways to wear nail polish that were as innovative as they were entrancing. Our favorite finds popped up on fashion week runways and in the streets, but all were immortalized on Instagram. Now we can cherish the coveted looks up close and refer to them as nail design inspiration all year long.
Keep reading to see the most mesmerizing nail designs to grace Instagram in 2018 so far.
This modern color-block manicure is a fresh twist on your everyday negative-space manicure.
Nail guru Alicia Torello created this cool manicure for the Kith x Versace collaboration using Essie's polish in Licorice.
Scribbles never looked so chic. At Moschino, models donned clear nail polish with Sharpie-esque streaks on top.
This sleek manicure for Jeremy Scott's spring 2019 collection was one of our favorites from fashion week.
Step up your striped mani by incorporating ombré as Torello does here.
Glass nails? So 2017. Leave it to Korean nail guru Unistella to create this blinged-out mani that extends way past just your nails.
This diamond manicure was one of the most iconic nail moments of 2019, and we still can't stop staring.
Not a pro with the nail brush? You can still dress up your go-to nail color by simply adding nail stickers, like these cute stars from Olive & June.
Jinsoon, editorial manicurist and founder of the eponymous spa and nail lacquer, created the designs seen in the Marc Jacobs campaigns.
This abstract painting design puts a fun twist on nail art.
This Los Angeles–area studio delivers a serious dose of California cool. Here, bold stripes and color-blocking are on point.
This epic chrome look puts all other metallic nail designs to shame.
This SoHo manicure studio serves up nail design looks that dreams are made of, like its fresh fuchsia take on the French manicure.
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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.