These Nail Trends Are Taking Over Social Feeds Across the Globe

At the Morgan Taylor-sponsored Carolina Herrera spring/summer 2018 show, barely there, natural nails ruled the catwalk.

When it comes to global nail trends, you don’t have to hop on a plane to discover them, thanks to Instagram. We’re seeing trends like geometric design, super graphic hand-painted nail art and even natural-looking nails with glossy, matte or pearlescent finishes pop up on feeds across the globe. We asked three internationally renowned nail artists which nail trends they’re feeling right now.

The ombré nail trend was spotted at the OPI-sponsored Opening Ceremony LA Preview. 

“Barely there, minimalistic nail art is super hot right now. From home décor to fashion, minimalism is becoming a fast-growing trend everywhere. Nude nails usually make me sad, but having tiny splashes of color on them really makes the art stand out. It’s a brilliant way to draw attention to the details, especially on shorter nails.”
—Winnie Huang, CND global brand ambassador Creative Play Gel (@winnieawesome)   

“Ombré and marble nails are huge right now on social media, and so is hand-painted nail art and Swarovski crystal embellishments. Most of my clients are up to date on nail trends so they often ask for these type of nails, but I always try to put my own spin on it.”
Jonny Diep Pham, Sydney-based nail artist (@jonnydieppham)

As seen on the runway at Jeremy Scott’s spring/summer 2017 show, the graphic nail art trend was present at NYFW. 

“Cuticle jewelry or cuticle art is trending. It can be a rhinestone cluster, a lacquer arch or geometric shapes around the cuticle. These designs draw the eye up the nail, creating an illusion of length. And, adjusting the shape of the cuticle art can enhance the length even more. Just make sure cuticles are well manicured and moisturized because they will be the focus.”
—Tracey Lee, international nail artist & educator (@TraceyLeeNails)