It was a natural progression. First, classic reds and girly pinks made way for brilliant hues repping the entire rainbow. Then came nail art, adorning fingertips with dizzying patterns and complicated designs.
Texture was the final frontier. This year’s nail trends take creative textured effects head on, offering up finishes that range from relatively subdued speckling to over-the-top beading.
Here, our fave takes on textured tips:
Illamasqua Speckled Nail Varnish, $16 at Sephora
The effect: Mottled coloring creates a bird-egg look.
Ciaté Caviar Manicure, $25 at Bloomingdale’s
The effect: This kit offers a truly unusual and highly textured effect, with 3D pearlescent beads.
Ciaté Very Colourfoil Manicure, $19 at Sephora
The effect: Sheets of colorful foils create a raw, edgy metallic finish.
Nails Inc. Feathers Effect Nail Polish, $9.50 at Sephora
The effect: Feathery confetti pieces in contrasting hues create a plumage-like finish.
Julep Neon Nail Dips, $12 at Sephora
The effect: This nail kit includes “glitter pots” to apply a super-fine, glimmery neon powder dusting.
OPI Liquid Sand Polish, $9 at Ulta
The effect: Looks like regular glitter polish, but dries to a matte, sandy finish with just a hint of a reflective glint.