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Grown-Up Nail Art Inspiration

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Thought nail art was just for teenagers? Think again, because summer is the perfect time to experiment with striking yet sophisticated talon toppers. Ideal if you want to inject a playful touch to your look without going OTT, these fun and fashionable ideas won’t fail to make an impact.

Easy to emulate and understated enough to stay on the right side of chic, why not try these eight design ideas for this season’s big beach break or festival getaway?


Whether you opt for an understated wash of glitter, full-on sequins or statement tips over a neutral base, embellished polish won’t fail to make you shine. 


Belgrave Square Nail polish, £7.50 (was £15) | NailsInc

Ultra Fine Gold Glitter Nail Varnish, £19 | Smith & Cult

'Flash' Nail Varnish, £6 |




From subtle geometric shapes to cute but cool stick-on jewels, the barely there approach is safe yet stylish enough to jazz up your look in a jiffy. 


"Center of the You-Niverse" Nail Lacquer, £8.95 | OPI

Pre Glued Crystal Gems, £3 | Elegant Touch

"Milos" Nail Polish, £15 | Nars




Take inspiration from the SS16 runways, where bright French manis were a major trend by adding a subtle pop of colour to your tips only. 

"Feed The Rich" Opaque Dark Teal Green Nail Lacquer, £18 | Smith & Cult

Dry Fast Top Coat, £9 | Seche Vite

 Amarapura Silver Chrome Nail Polish, £15 | Nars




Metallics are always a hot choice for summer, but remember to choose a hue that complements your favourite rings and wrist candy for optimum style points. 

The Essence Of Holidays Intense Nail Lacquer, £21 | DOLCE & GABBANA

Intricate Nail Stickers In Rose Gold, £4.20 (was £7) | Daisy Knights

The Paint Can's Best Friend Two-In-One Top & Base Coat, £8 | Nails Inc



The easiest option by far, all you have to do is select one standout shade and apply it on your ring finger for knockout results, minus the effort. 


Pirouette My Whistle Soft Shades Nail Lacquer, £12.50 | O.P.I

Ballet Slippers Nail Polish, £8.99 | Essie

Nail Polish In She Wolf,  £16 | Deborah Lippmann



Trickier to master but oh-so-worth the effort, a reversed French mani won’t fail to impress. Just make sure you invest in speed dry drops to ensure you don’t smudge your handiwork. 

Custom Nail Colour In Beries, £10.50 | Jessica

Miracle Drops, £12 | Leighton Denny

45 Second Top Coat, £15 | Nails Inc



We heart an all-white nail against tanned skin tones – boost the effect by embellishing just one talon with intricate designs or geometric stripes for show-stopping results. 


Cuticle Pusher, £9 | Wah London

Nail Polish In Ecume White, £15 | Nars

SOS Pen, £12 | Nails Inc


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