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7 Nail Trends to Try in 2016

7 Nail Trends to Try in 2016


By semick

Wondering what nails to try in the new year? Well, we scoped out all the New York Fashion Week runways to predict the seven trends that will be topping the charts in 2016! Here they are…

New York Fashion Week China Glaze Clover Canyon

China Glaze @ Clover Canyon by manicurist Casey Herman

1. The Nude Nail

Don’t yawn just yet – the nude nail doesn’t have to be boring. Lately, we’ve been seeing lots of shimmery nude lacquers that add a little sparkle to the otherwise natural color, like Essie’s Sequin Sash from their Retro Revival collection.


We’re also loving minimalistic nail art added over top a polished nude nail. Start with a good nude shade similar to your skin tone as your base color, then pick one or two colors to sketch on simple geometric patterns.



OPI @ Jeremy Scott by Miss Pop

2. Long Almond Nails

Short nails are great, but we’re also noticing a surge in long, rounded tips à la Lana Del Rey. Maybe it’s the sort of romantic, 1970’s vintage vibe that we’re attracted to. Just check out these longer-than-life retro digits OPI lead nail artist Miss Pop did for the Jeremy Scott presentation!


Morgan Taylor @ Jonathan Simkhai by Gina Edwards

3. Outlined Nails

It’s sort of like contouring for your nails. Make your talons look long and chic by outlining just the edges with a thin nail art brush and a color of your choice. We especially like these two-tone masterpieces Morgan Taylor  lead nail artist Gina Edwards created for Jonathan Simkhai!


Caption Polish for Nanette Lepore

4. Urban Flair

While on one side of the spectrum, natural colored nails are flourishing – we’ve also seen an uptick in chaotic, graffiti-esque designs. A few ways to try it: sponge ROYGBIV colors over a dark blue or black, blow through a straw dipped in polish to splatter lacquer across nails, or use graphic decals!


KISS Products for Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2016 NYFW

5. Romantic

Soft, romantic patterns ruled the runways! We’ve seen white sponged on over a natural nail, lace draw on in thin lines, and small pale flowers. Keep your color palette simple; white and nude work particularly well together!

caption: China Glaze for Degen

china glaze degen nails

China Glaze @ Degen by Casey Herman

6. Child’s Play

Even when you grow up, you don’t have to give up whimsical nails. We’ve been drooling over the colorful, carefree nail art at some the latest runway shows – including tips adorned with characters from My Little Pony, rainbows, and cupcakes. We recommend piling on matte rhinestones and spring pastel shades. Disney and My Little Pony decals can even be found on Etsy shops like Thirsty Willow and Fairytaledreams21.



Sally Hansen @ Tanya Taylor by Madeline Poole

7. Preppy

We saw a lot of preppy prints on the runways – including these simple stripes from Tanya Taylor’s show. You don’t have to go full Britney Spears in “Baby One More Time” to pull off this trend. Just try a mix of both thin and thick stripes in jewel tones or do diagonal lines to create a plaid design.

Images: China Glaze, Essie, Wella, Morgan Taylor, Young Nails, KISS Products, NARS