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25 Fun & Flirty Nail Trends to Try

I’ve never been one for fancy manicures, but after a recent trip to London I think I may change my mind. It seems that across the pond it’s become a bit of a craze to turn the tips of your fingers into ten tiny artworks. We are not talking the bedazzled acrylic talons of yesteryear — the new look in nail art is short, sweet, and just plain fun. Maybe a detailed rainbow on each finger is a little over the top for you, but would you try doing just one nail in a different color like the manicure pictured above? I’ve rounded up 25 fun & flirty nail art looks, from over the top patterns to subtle chic styles. Many even have links to tutorials teaching you how to recreate the look yourself using things as unexpected as patterned paper, stamps, and tape.  Check out 25 Fun & Flirty Nail Trends to Try…

  • Ballet Stripe 1 of 25
    Ballet Stripe
    Love this ballet pink and arm gray combo.
    Check these nails out at Become Gorgeous.
  • Gold Dust 2 of 25
    Gold Dust
    Gold flakes look so luxurious.
    Check these nails out at The Beauty Department.
  • Diagonal Lines 3 of 25
    Diagonal Lines
    The simple stripe makes the sparkles seem modern instead of childish.
    Check these nails out at Become Gorgeous.
  • Pretty Polka Dots 4 of 25
    Pretty Polka Dots
    Simple and sweet polka dots they don't have to BE perfect to look perfect.
    Check these nails out at Nailed.
  • Tonal Rainbow 5 of 25
    Tonal Rainbow
    Each nail a different shade in the same color family is totally interesting without requiring too much skill.
    Check these nails out at Manicure Design.
  • Newsy Nails 6 of 25
    Newsy Nails
    These nails use actual newspaper for a collage-type effect.
    Learn how to do this manicure at Passion Nail Art.
  • Peacock Feathers 7 of 25
    Peacock Feathers
    These nails are created with a stamper.
    Learn how nail stamping works at Polish Wonderland.
  • Mustache Manicure 8 of 25
    Mustache Manicure
    A different mustache for every finger, super silly and fun.
    Check these nails out at Makeup Savvy.
  • Lacey Look 9 of 25
    Lacey Look
    Love the lace detailing, I think it would be especially pretty in tone on tone shades of cream. I wonder if they are stenciled?
    Check these nails out at Flawless Vintage.
  • Bumble Bee Nails 10 of 25
    Bumble Bee Nails
    Not sure I'd want to rock these every day, but I know my daughter would love it!
    Get the story on these nails at Nail Stories UK.
  • Floral & Flirty 11 of 25
    Floral & Flirty
    These roses are so Liberty of London, super sweet.
    Check these nails out at GeezleWeez.
  • Rainbow Tips 12 of 25
    Rainbow Tips
    Rainbows are everywhere these days, paint them on your nails and you can see rainbows on everything you touch.
    Learn how she did it at Emerald Sparkled.
  • Tied with a Bow 13 of 25
    Tied with a Bow
    Here's one you could totally do at home, simple polka dots with a sweet bow on the thumb.
    Check these nails out at Polyvore.
  • Sweet & Swirly 14 of 25
    Sweet & Swirly
    This swirly glaze looks super modern and it doesn't take a super-steady hand.
    Learn how to do these nails at Daily Nail.
  • Tiger Stripes 15 of 25
    Tiger Stripes
    Animal print and sparkles - would you dare?
    Learn how to do this manicure at Daily Nail.
  • Lego My Nails 16 of 25
    Lego My Nails
    Ha, what kid wouldn't love to see little lego bricks on your nails?
    Learn how to do this manicure at Daily Nail.
  • Confetti Nails 17 of 25
    Confetti Nails
    Love the multi colored dots!
    Check these nails out at Polyvore.
  • Palm Trees in the Breeze 18 of 25
    Palm Trees in the Breeze
    So California.
    Check these nails out at Polyvore.
  • Paint Chip Tips 19 of 25
    Paint Chip Tips
    These look like little paint chips so simple but so pretty.
    Check these nails out at Refinery 29.
  • Love Love Love 20 of 25
    Love Love Love
    A million tiny hearts are so adorable.
    See how she did it at Rebecca Likes Nails.
  • Deco Style 21 of 25
    Deco Style
    The gold dots add an art-deco touch.
    Check these nails out at Little Bitter Luck.
  • Fade to Black 22 of 25
    Fade to Black
    Love the drama of the golden glitter fading to black.
    Check these nails out at Mimi and Meg.
  • Paper Pretties 23 of 25
    Paper Pretties
    These pretty striped nails are created with a printer and alcohol!
    Get a step by step tutorial at The Hybrid Chick.
  • Apricot & Gold 24 of 25
    Apricot & Gold
    Adore the apricot shade and one sparkly nail peeking out.
    Get the step by step tutorial at Cupcakes and Cashmere.
  • Gold Tipped 25 of 25
    Gold Tipped
    Changing up tip color on a French manicure is always a winning idea, using gold just makes it even prettier.
    Check these nails out at Lauren Conrad.

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.


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