A Complete Guide To Stepping Your Nail Game Up This Spring

A primer on the best salons to visit, polish brands to buy and nail artists to follow on Instagram.

March 24, 2015

If fashion is wearable art, nail art is wearable graffiti. The art form, which has exploded over the past few years, is high-end clothing's much more accessible, ubiquitous cheaper cousin. Unlike shelling out for a pair of ornate designer shoes, or the It Bag of the month, styled manicures are a trend you don't have to invest in forever—but they can add just as much to your look. Navigating the booming nail industry can be a dizzying experience—figuratively, literally and design-wise. To help you find artists near you, and get inspired, we've rounded up the best brands, salons and artists of the nail world.





Instagram may as well have been invented just for nail art because on the social platform, you'll find an endless well of inspiration. Of course, with all of those possibilities, comes a range of expertise. But if you follow the accounts below, you'll be gazing at the top of the class.

@oliverhibert inspired nails 💅
A photo posted by Naomi Yasuda (@naominailsnyc) on
Can't get enough of @essiepolish in "Chills and Thrills" and "Who Is The Boss"
A photo posted by Alicia Torello (@aliciatnails) on
BTS with @joaquintrujillo ✨
A photo posted by Natalie Pavloski (@nataliepavloskinails) on
Inspired by Vintage Chanel scarf design💅🎨✨ #nailart #Fashion #BritneyTOKYO #LA
A photo posted by Britney TOKYO 💅✨ (@britneytokyo) on
#camo #nail #nails #nailart #ny #nyc #wintercamo @girlswholikebeuys
A photo posted by Elina (@elina_nail) on
THE PEACHES N CREAM NAIL for Masha! #nailswag #nails #nailart #nailartclub #swag #LA
A photo posted by NAILSWAG (@nail_swag) on
A Complete Guide To Stepping Your Nail Game Up This Spring