Lava Nails: The Groovy Trend Taking Over Instagram

March 04, 2022 logo
By: | by L'Oréal
hands with orange, pink, and red lava nail art on nails

Spring is the perfect time to take a mani detox from the deep reds and nude polish shades we’ve been wearing all winter. And we’re feeling inspired to test out new color combinations and nail designs that push us out of our comfort zone. If you, too, are searching for bright and fun nail inspo to bring to your next salon appointment, look no further than lava nails.

Inspired by retro lava lamps, the trend includes a pretty base coat, followed by swirls of complementary colors. The best part is that lava nails are customizable, meaning you can pick the colors you love for your own unique take on the trend. Keep reading to get inspired.

Citrus Swirls

Punchy orange French tips stand out even more with candy-colored lava-like swirls. This look gives us major ’70s vibes.

Bubblegum Lava Lamp

Pink and purple swirls all over are an indulgent, girly way to rock the trend. For a high-shine finish similar to this set, top your nails with the Essie Gel Couture Top Coat. It prevents chipping and gives a glossy effect similar to gel polish, no lamp or fancy equipment required.

Purple Frenchies

A swirl of lavender and lilac shades makes your mani instantly spring-ready. Add even more flair with a cute matching ring.

Neutral Mix

Embrace your natural nails with this swirly, tortoiseshell-printed mani. We’re envisioning these with a shaggy fringe jacket, yellow-tinted sunglasses and flared jeans.

Calming Blues

A refreshing mix of royal blue, sky blue and turquoise swirls feels like a breath of fresh air. Thin stripes of glitter take the look to the next level.

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