Thank you for
submitting a question

Gallery: Accent Nail Ideas

Gallery: Accent Nail Ideas


By semick

There is so much you can do with a stand-out nail besides just glitter! Mix up the finger you use, do more than one unique nail (try the thumb or the index, in addition to your ring finger), and allow yourself to take on a detailed design without an overwhelming print on all ten digits!

Got all your polishes out, but not sure what pattern you’d like to try? See what stunning nail art these lovely ladies came up with!

  • For a girly take on the reminder bow wrapped around your finger, try this freehand design by Denisse. The unique hue she uses as a base coat is Skin Food Mint Milk.

    [Image: Denisse, IG@denisselove]

  • Can we all agree that this mani is heart-meltingly adorable? Karissa saved the sparkle for her base color, and then topped it off with a flawlessly frosted cupcake, complete with a heart-shaped rhinestone. Wondering what glitter polish she used? It's Wicked Polish Hung Over the Rainbow.

    [Image: Karissa, IG@lifeisbetterpolished]

  • Even @Just1Nail's handle is all about the accent nail. Paola made sure just one nail of her hot neon set had tribal designs. Alongside the bright polish, she kept her ring finger simple with a clean white and a subtle light pink which seems to blend right into the whole look.

    [Image: Paola, IG@just1nail]

  • These stiletto nails are quite swanky, decked out in with French tips and grey-lilac flowers! If you attempt a similar pattern inspired by Stacy's on short nails, tag us! We'd love to see your variations. For those in London, you can email to make an appointment with the nail artist herself.

    [Image: Stacy, IG@editstacynow]

  • If you're into wild tips, stop and look at this neon yellow set with three original accents by Natalee of RVA Nails Salon in Richmond, VA. Are you in the area? Call 804.262.0414 for an appointment.

    [Image: Natalee of RVA Salon, IG@rvanails]

  • Hillary uses her index and ringer fingers as the stand-out tips, with classic glitter and sparkly rhinestones. She used OPI Pink Friday, Essie Marathin and A Cut Above, CG Snow Globe, and Sally's Gelous.

    [Image: Hillary, IG@hillarykozuch]

  • For feminine fingers, try out some classic circular pink roses. The brilliant cyan Megan used for the background is Nicole by OPI Baby Blue. This print design is perfect to use on two side-by-side accent nails, as if the floral pattern continues on uninterrupted.

    [Image: Megan, IG@_nailsbymeg]

  • Ombre isn't over! Using Essie Sunday Funday and Navigate Her, along with OPI My Vampire is Buff and Alpine Snow, Carly actually painted two different accents on her middle nails. Because one is a print and the other is a subtly sponged, the multiple designs work next to each other.

    [Image: Carly, IG@carlysisoka]

  • We can't look away from this aquatic art! If you're going out for a swim, make sure to coat your tips like Tracy with Lilypad Lacquer I Am Miss Haughty Taughty over Picture Polish Jade, with OPI Shorts Story for the flowers.

    [Image: Tracy, IG@oliviajade19]

  • The contrast between the shiny black and the sunflower yellow is lovely. This manicure is subtle enough that others will assume you have ordinary dark polished tips, until they see the cute flower peeking out towards the sunlight.
    Are you in Scottsdale, AZ? Call 480.212.4000 to make an appointment with Becky herself.

    [Image: Becky, IG@nailsby_becky]

  • Danielle did a lovely marble mani using two contrasting colors: Wet n' Wild Blazed and China Glaze Sunday Funday! If you haven't tried water marbling yet, we'll show you how here.

    [Image: Danielle, IG@pureacetone]

  • We can't help but feel a little partial to this giraffe manicure by Eerika. It's like a tiny trip to the zoo! She has considerable talent in the nail art department, so take a stroll through her Instagram.

    [Image: Eerika, IG@nailedbyeerika]