If your idea of acrylic nails starts and ends with a classic French manicure, you’ve got it all wrong. Acrylics have been used for generations for innovative, statement-making manicures that serve to inform many of the natural (non-acrylic) nail-art trends you see on Instagram.
For proof, we’re walking you through some of the top nail trends — specific to acrylics — that have been hotly-requested in salons since they’ve reopened. Some are modern adaptations of the timeless French manicure (see Baby Boomer nails). Others, like nail piercings and cow-print accents, might surprise you. For your next manicure, acrylic or not, scroll ahead for a look at the the top-requested fall 2020 trends for long, strong nails.
Think of baby boomer nails as the French Manicure 2.0. According to nail artist Jade Tang, the ombré design actually dates back to the 1940s (the baby boomer years) and has become a permanent staple on acrylic menus since. “It’s a timeless and elegant look — soft pink fading into frosted white tips — there’s something romantic about it,” Tang told Refinery29. For visual reference, use this gorgeous shot of baby boomer acrylics by London-based nail artist Imarni Nails.
Another romantic, subtle design popping up on Instagram? Cloud nail art, which has been particularly trendy on long nails and acrylics, says nail artist Alicia Torello. To get this look — coming out of Boston-based nail salon Paragon Nails — start with long, clear coffin-shaped acrylics, gloss them with a neutral nude-pink polish, then add ombré white clouds and gold star accents.
As it pertains to more out-there fall nail trends, animal prints — specifically brown cowhide spots — are on the rise. While the print works on shorter nails, you can elevate the cowhide design with more real estate by adding gel extensions or acrylics. Then, since more is more with cow print, consider a cowhide French tip with gold detailing, like this design out of UK-based salon, Get Nailed Bristol.
The pierced-nail look — which has been around forever but recently made a comeback on Instagram — is exclusive to acrylics and faux tips, as you would never want to puncture a hole through your natural nail. Here, celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik shows off his latest adaptation of the studded nail on his client Selena Gomez. The almond-shaped burgundy tips complement the tiny gold hoops pierced through the tips. If you’re at home, we’d recommend playing it safe and buying pre-pierced press ons.
If you’re splurging on acrylics, you could always go for a chic neutral — like chocolate brown — that will last a full three weeks. Or, you can embrace the bold side of autumn nail polish trends and go for a glossy metallic chrome, like this look by celebrity manicurist Mei Kawajiri.
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Through the years, gold glitter foiling has become a major nail-art trend across the board. With gel extensions and acrylics, the foiling can be applied over a clear or nude nail as a minimalist accent. This example, out of Aussie-based salon Bennie’s Nail Bar, shows how sharp faux nails feel oh-so chic with the addition of carefully-placed gold shimmer.