Channel Your Inner Fairy With Fairycore Nail Art

December 13, 2023
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | by L'Oréal
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We’ll never get sick of red, purple and black manicures in the colder months — there’s a reason these colors are classics. But if you feel like switching things up, or if dark nail polish just isn’t your thing, we’ve got the aesthetic for you: fairycore. Fairycore nail designs are characterized by a mix of pastel, iridescent polishes, rhinestones, flowers, dewdrops and, of course, fairy wing-inspired designs. They range from sweet and simple to miniature works of art — take a peek at some of our favorite fairycore sets below to get inspired.

10 Fairycore Nail Designs We Love

Garden Fairy

Look like you were blessed by a visit from the garden fairy with this dreamy pink and green set. Iridescent accents and 3D designs sculpted with clear builder gel add to the nails’ whimsical feel.

Encapsulated Nails

It’s impossible to deny the magic of this set’s encapsulated petals, glitter and charms. Each nail incorporates materials that look like they were hand-foraged from a forest floor.

Fairy Wings

Mimic a fairy’s wings with this holographic base and cool chrome design. You can customize the color combo for whatever fairy mood you’re feeling — we think this set would stun in shades of purple.

Milky Nails

Give milky nails a fairycore spin with alternating shades of pastels and clear flower accents. Hints of silver chrome lend a subtle edge to this set.

Rose Fairy

These nails look fit for a fairy tea party, from the tiny pearl accents to the bows, mint green tips and baby pink roses.

Ice Fairy

Pale blue glitter and white polish make for an icy and ethereal combo. For extra sparkle, silver nail charms are a must.

Pixie Set

We love the drama of long nails, but they can make doing a lot of basic tasks more difficult (take texting, for example). If you’re committed to trying the fairycore trend and keeping your nails short, take your cue from this mix-and-match design.

Iridescent Fairy

A wash of purple and green polishes give the chrome details on these square-shaped nails a delicate, watercolor-like backdrop. To give any polish an fairytale-esque iridescent makeover, we recommend two coats of the Essie Expressie Iced Out Top Coat.

Pink Fairy

If you’re known for always having pink nails, you’ll love this hyper-feminine, almond-shaped set. Gold and iridescent details add layers of dimension and shine.

Psychedelic Garden

Not a fan of pastels? This set captures the fairycore aesthetic with an explosion of colors, butterflies and puffy, 3D mushrooms.

Photo: @nailsbylisak,  Design: Juliana Campisi

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