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Star Nails Ideas and Inspiration

Star Nails: The Stellar Manicure Trend You've Been Waiting For

  • Star nails are a great year-round manicure idea.
  • The design is chic but also playful thanks to the minimal nature of the shape.
  • There are many different ways you wear nails with stars, from pairing the design with french tips to adding glitter or 3D accents.

Your nails can be an extension of your personality and style. Things like flowers and smiley faces make great nail art designs, but there's something chic and simple about stars. There are a lot of things that might come to mind when you think of stars โ€” astrology, constellations, nighttime, maybe even Vincent Van Gogh โ€” and that's exactly the point. It's a shape that can present itself in a myriad of ways and feels appropriate year-round, no matter the occasion.

In the summertime, opting for bright, mood-boosting colors can make your star manicure feel perfectly suited for the hot temps. In the winter, color combinations of white, red, gold, and silver instantly make for holiday nails. On the list of nail designs, stars fall somewhere between trendy and cool, and classic depending on how you wear them. Pairing star decals or nail stickers with a neutral base creates a subtler look, while layering stars of different colors with a line brush can make your nails pop. This type of manicure is a bit more fun and playful than your traditional french manicure or half-moon nails, but not quite as bold as something like the "lava-lamp" nails trend.

Nails with stars fit right in with the swell of minimal beauty trends we've seen, especially in the nail space, like glazed-doughnut, supermodel, and milk-bath nails. Starry nails can work in tandem with all of the previously mentioned trends, but if you prefer to make a big statement, you can try neon colors or add glitter to jazz them up. If you needed further proof that star nails are undoubtedly in, see Taylor Swift's "Midnights" nails and Lizzo's green and gold rendition.

Ahead, find examples of star nails to inspire your next salon appointment.

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