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- Airbrush nail art was popular in the '80s and '90s but has recently made a comeback.
- The manicure has a spray-paint effect that looks similar to graffiti or ombré.
- A manicurist shared the step-by-step process for re-creating the trend at home.
Everything old is new again: claw clips, french manicures, lip gloss, Farrah Fawcett-level volume, and, most recently, airbrush nail art. For the unfamiliar, airbrushed nails are done using a spray-paint effect to give a look similar to graffiti or ombré. Since its glory days in the '80s and '90s, airbrush manicures had fallen out of style for a little while but they're now making a major comeback in 2021.
Overall, nails have seen the most exciting revival over the last few years with new trends popping up seemingly every week. It's hard to open Instagram without seeing an intricate design or extra-long tips on your screen, and celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Jennifer Lopez are certainly helping matters with their abundant manicure inspiration.
Of all the recent nail design trends to make their way into the mainstream, airbrush nail art is something most people can do at home with the right tools. If you want to replicate the professional airbrush manicure process, you'll need an airbrush gun from Amazon, like the Ebest Multi-Purpose Airbrush Nail Art System ($44), but you can mimic a similar effect with a makeup sponge (more on that later).
To learn how to get the look at home, we tapped Hannah Lee, a manicurist and Sally Hansen brand ambassador. Keep scrolling for the step-by-step.