Noteworthy Nail Trends: Texture

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Remember when wearing accent nail seemed almost edgy? How about when nail art became so pervasive that even soccer moms were decorating their nails? Well, today a new trend in nail fashion is taking hold and it’s all about texture. So while daisies and stripes are great, the most “in-the-know” women now don nails that feel like velvet, concrete or even shattered glass.

Scroll through this gallery of the hottest new nail trends to see lust-worthy nail textures and get inspired to try some of these looks yourself. 

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Shattered Glass

For those that want to ease into the textured nail trend, a good place to start is with these oh-so sparkly 3D nails that look like your fingers got sprinkled with little pieces of broken glass. Revlon Nail Art Moon Candy ($9) is available in 10 different shades and all you have to do to accomplish this style is paint your nails with two coats of the solid color and then layer on the glitter top coat, using one coat for less glitter and two coats for a more dense glitter effect.

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A style recently seen Instagramed by model Alexa Chung, these Nails Inc. Bling It On Black Leather & Skulls ($21) give a seriously tough edge to your fingertips. While they might be a bit too hip for the boardroom, they definitely would work for a Friday night out.

The jet-black polish goes on glossy then dries into a chic leather look. And if you’re feeling particularly spunky, the polish comes with four silver skull appliques that you can glue on to your nails after the leather has taken full effect. 

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Rub-a-dub-dub, these nails look like the duck floating in your tub. Illamasqua Rubber Finish Nail Varnish ($14) goes beyond the now-boring one shade manicure to add a chip-resistant finish that’s buildable to create a waxy rubber look. The polishes come in an array of colors from neon to stone brown and usually take about two-three coats to get the full effect.

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If you like your nails like you like your couch, the Ciate Velvet Manicure ($19) gives your fingers a fuzzy finish. WARNING: The crushed velvet effect might have you constantly stroking your face with your nails, but no judgment from us if you do.

Watch our video tutorial on how to apply them here. 

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Bet you never thought you would see the day when women wore nails that looked like pavement. The Nails Inc. Monument Concrete Effect Polish ($18.50) creates a unique concrete texture to your nails that will give you a bold, rugged finish. Available in four bold, bright colors, the effect gives a hard edge to your manicure.


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Much like the leather jacket you loved back in high school, this DIY studded nail art kit from NastyNails ($19) will make you feel as bad as Michael Jackson circa 1987. The set comes complete with Essie Nail Polish in Licorice, 2mm gold square stud rhinestones and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. It might take you a while to master placing the studs down on your nail (or you might need to enlist a friend), but the studded effect is well worth it and can be played up or down depending on how much you want to embellish your nails. 

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While the Ciate Caviar Manicure ($25) might have you constantly craving Melba toast, it’s an avant-garde way to bring catwalk-worthy nail to your everyday life.  The set comes with everything you need—black polish and pearlescent beads to funnel onto your nails. The style only lasts about 24-48 hours before the beads start to fall off, but the one-time wear will have you feeling very fancy.

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