nail art inspiration

Sometimes, I like to pretend that I’m good at doing my nails. So I find some of the best Instagram accounts for nail inspiration and try to copy what I see. Of course, my own work of “art” always looks nothing like the one I was trying to mimic, but we’ll save that conversation for another time. Nail artists and manicurists make it look so easy, always leaving behind a flawless masterpiece that’s not smudged even in the slightest. To celebrate their work, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite IG accounts for nail inspo.

1. @nail.inspo

@annasnaglar_

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@getbuffednails

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If you really want to feel bad about your lack of skills in the nail art department, @nail.inspo is the place to go. They have matte, they have shimmer, they have glitter, they have jewels. They’re all about the super-long nails, leaving me wondering how these women pick their noses.

2. @stylushnails

@riyathai87

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Omg. Yes. Is anyone else experiencing major nail envy besides me? The jewel decoration is simply too amazing for words. I’ve never even attempted jewels. I’d probably end up accidentally glueing one to my face. But if you have a steady hand and a lot of patience, there are some super cute ideas to steal here.

3. @valleynyc


If you’re looking more funky nail art, this is the place for you. With colorful depictions of bananas, eyes, pizza, and more, you’ll never get bored. These might be some of the funnest manicures we’ve seen!

4. @inspired_nailart


I go to this page in particular when I’m in the mood to binge-watch nail art videos. Perhaps the only thing better than spending hours scrolling through nail art pics is pausing every now and then to watch a video where some perfect manicurist creates a perfect look in record time and you can’t even apply a base coast without spilling the bottle on the carpet.

5. @nails.art.inspiration

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Yay??? Credit @sisterlacquer

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This might be the most cheerful nail art you’ll find on IG, bursting with colors and fun patterns and designs. The page is mainly videos, breaking down the nail art into steps I will never be able to replicate. It’s fun to watch, though, particularly if you’re looking to kill three or four hours of your life.