It can be easy to resort to your favorite nude nail polish shades when getting a new acrylic set (Essie Topless & Barefoot anyone?). After all, the right nude polish is a classic look that will never go out of style and never clash with your outfit or makeup. But you can’t deny that part of the fun in getting an acrylic nail set lies in all the new-found nail space and the potential nail art possibilities. With that said, we think it’s time to use all of that nail space to have a little more fun — we’re thinking patterns, colors and designs. To help you get some inspo for your next nail appointment, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite graphic nail art looks that are perfect for your long, acrylic claws.
A Gothic Mood
Arizonails takes gothic lettering to the next level with this Crybaby set. Rock this on a naked set (like the hand model pictured here), or atop a bold colored set for a little extra something.
Take a colorful French manicure to the next level with this stamped set by Lanawantsadonut.
This Set is B-A-N-A-N-A-S
A thin French manicure paired with bananas on a geometric background sounds like our idea of a perfect mani. Pair the colors as is or swap them out for an added personal touch.
The Prettiest Ombré-Vertical-Rainbow-Nails You Ever Did See
Lots of ombré nail looks are focused on one nail, but Lanawantsadonut rocks a different shade on each finger. This slow gradient is mesmerizing and will look great on the ’gram.
Dipped in Gold
This classic ombré nail look pairs a soft nude shade with a neon yellow for a fire manicure that feels unexpected and fun.
If you’re obsessed with the mischievous duo of Lilo & Stitch, then you should totally rock them on your nails. We love the whimsical vibe of this set — from Lilo & Stitch’s faces to the accent nails featuring Lilo’s iconic dress print.
If you’re obsessed with color and intricate dot work, give this bold pop-art set by _allured a try.
Palm leaves, pineapples and pink — it really doesn’t get anymore Pinterest-y than this set by Priscilla_nails. It’ll remind you of all the good things about summer without looking basic AF.
A Mermaid Mood
Do you believe you were accidentally born into a human body and happen to be missing some fins and a tail? If so, then you probably need this purple chrome nail look by Prisiclla_nails in your life.
A Pretty-in-Pink Dream
Hands down, this is the dreamiest set we’ve ever seen. For those who aren’t into the bold and bright alternatives, this iteration of acrylic nail art leans toward your favorite nudey-pinks but adds a subtle (and super cute) design of delicate clouds to give it some variation.
Matte Nude Meets Lava Lamp
Your favorite night light just turned into the most chic acrylic nail set, and we are here for it. There’s no denying this matte-nude-meets-lava-lamp design has the ability to light up your world.
Jelly and Jeweled
Keep it fun and colorful with these translucent jelly-like nails. They’re fun, unexpected and incredibly edgy when you pair them with spunky nail jewelry.
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