Nail trends will never die—and that’s a good thing, because what would the world look like without sparkly, geographic, two-toned, chromatic fingertips? Uh, pretty damn bleak.
But thankfully, we’ll never need to find out, because with each new calendar year comes a new lineup of nail ideas, like these biggest trends of 2017.
1. 80’s nails.
Slightly frosted, slightly shimmery, slightly retro, the pink-toned nails of 2017 were a daily throwback to the ’80s.
2. Foil nails.
Who knew little strips of metallic foil, cut and placed in mosaic-level designs, would find a home on literally every single nail bed of the year.
3. Chromatic nails.
In case you hadn’t already steeled your heart against the hellish year that was 2017, these chromatic, futuristic-looking nails can safely usher you into 2018.
4. Blitzed-out nails.
Pretty much the kindergarten art craft of all nail trends, glitzy, blitzed-out nails involve layers of metallic polish, ombré glitter, and a few (or a dozen) gems. Save these for the holidays, or literally any day where you feel like your life is a party.
5. Negative-space french tips.
Classic French tips are, thankfully, dead and buried in 2003, but this year brought with it a modernized twist on the trend, swapping white tips for bright, rich, and metallic shades, and cutting out, uh, literally everything else.
6. Phrase nails.
Your name, your message, your beliefs, your…whatever. If it crossed your mind, it went on your nails, at least according to the alphabet-soup nails we saw this year.
7. Mismatched nails.
First came the accent nail, then the accent pointed finger, then the accent-whatever-nail-you-want look, and then the whole trend just exploded into a bunch of mismatched, yet complementary, shades of polish.
8. All-trends-in-one nails
Negative space! Mismatched shades! Colorful French tips! Random strips of foil! And yet, in the most magical of ways, these piled-on nails never look gaudy or busy.
9. Single-striped nails.
Free-handed lines straight down the center of the nail are pretty much the ultimate low-maintenance art for nail newbs or the straight-up lazy.
Glitter polish, meet sprinkles. This combo is a match made in a nail polish heaven.
Match your nails to your chunky sweaters all season long.
Henna themed design for your nails. Even if you are skeptical to get a hena tattoo on your skin, there-s absolutely no harm in putting this henna-design on your nails.
13. Textured nails.
If you want a nail design with texture but worry about it looking too overwhelming, try it on one accent, or two nails.