These Modern Art-Inspired Manicures Belong in a Museum

April 06, 2020
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
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Say goodbye to dark winter nails and hello to a new manicure trend that’s vibrant, chic and perfect for spring and summer: modern art nails. This look consists of abstractly-placed colors and designs. You might have seen these Art Deco-inspired designs while scrolling through your favorite nail artists’ Instagram feeds lately and assumed that they’d be difficult to create at home. Well, we’re here to tell you that this manicure is all about being experimental. There are no rules, only beautiful results. If you need some inspiration to help you DIY this mani, keep scrolling for some of our favorite looks. 


Enigma Nails
Nail artist Jessica Washick masterfully created what she calls “enigma nails” and to say we’re obsessed is an understatement. Take inspo from her fluid, swirly shapes and try recreating them using the unconventional colors from the Essie Expressie Quick Dry Nail Polish line. 

Arts ‘n’ Crafts 
Something about this mani reminds us of when we were young, free-spirited kids with zero responsibilities. Have some fun creating whatever shapes and designs you desire to remind yourself adulting can be fun, too. 

Color Block It
To recreate @laurenladnier’s manicure, leave the base of your manicure clear and paint different shapes on each nail using two contrasting colors. We recommend the Essie Spring in Your Step from the brand’s latest 2020 spring collection and the shade Avant-Garment for a fun pastel twist.

Army Accents 
If you have the time (and patience), get all of  the nail polish colors you own on deck and go crazy. We promise the end result will be museum-worthy. 

Art Deco
Nail artist Taylor Watson kept this manicure minimal while still incorporating beautiful modern art vibes. Simply paint your nails with your favorite nude nail polish and then carefully paint small colorful shapes on random areas on top.

Modern Manis for the Win 
When all else fails, grab inspo from your home decor. We love how @bintabuheh used the same color palette as her bathroom to create the modern art mani of our dreams. 
Photo Courtesy Of: @jessicawashick

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