Star Nail Art Is All Over Instagram — These Are Our Favorites

June 01, 2020
Samantha Holender
By: Samantha Holender | by L'Oréal
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Maybe it’s because I’m obsessed with astrology (Aquarius at your service) or because I’ve recently had to step my at-home manicure game (I’ve gotten really good, you guys), but star nail art has recently won over my heart and taken over my nails. Be it a dainty sticker or a hand-drawn, sparkly twinkle, adding a star accent is my new go-to way to upgrade my mani. If you want to get onboard with the trend, keep reading, because I’m rounding my favorite looks that’ll have your nails shining bright ASAP. 

When in Doubt, Use Nail Stickers

Let’s start out with my personal favorite: the nail sticker. While my staying-in-the-line stills have gotten ridiculously good (like, am I a professional?!), I lack the artistry needed to master a hand-drawn star. But with just a clear coat and some fun star-shaped nail stickers, my manicure can look trendy — no artistic talent needed.  

Subtle as Can Be 

If you’re easing into the nail-art scene, take some inspo from this nail look. Placing small black stars at the base of the nail adds extra oomph to the nude manicure while still keeping it sophisticated. It’s a subtle nod to the trend but still keeps your look chic. 

Getting Graphic 

Calling all my glitter lovers! This manicure is 100% what you need to brighten your day. It’s a pop art-esque design that’s equal parts metallic, fun and girly. Plus, the stars don’t have to be perfect — just free-hand the outline with a detail brush. 

Pretty in Pink

Summer is almost here, and we’ve been gravitating towards all things neon, bright and punchy. So, it should come as no surprise that this pink, orange and blue star mani made our inspo board. We love the mix-and-match of high-shine and matte, too. 

Wish Upon a Star

Think back to your middle school days when your notepad was filled with sketches of stars. If those doodling days really helped you fine-tune your star-drawing skills, try and recreate this hand-drawn look. Feel free to play with different color polishes and star sizes on each nail.


Dare I say that I saved the best for last? This metallic masterpiece has my astrology-loving heart swooning TBH. If you want to give a nod to the skies, choose a shade that gives off celestial vibes (think: metallic green or a shimmery, deep blue). Want an extra bit of glam? Glue on some star-inspired studs for an added wow-factor. 

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