Nail salons are opening and it’s the perfect excuse to have fun with your first post-lockdown manicure.
Over the last year, we’ve slowly filled our Instagram Saved folder with countless nail art posts – from the classic French manicure with a twist and ombré designs to shell nails and even party-ready sparkly nails (yes, we’re already hopeful for a festive December). But there’s one sitting at the top of our list.
Swirl nails have been cropping up on social media a lot recently and they’re the perfect design to try for your first appointment. The look involves drawing one or a few curved lines on your nails for a 60s, almost psychedelic finish.
The swirl can be as long as you like (from top to bottom, over a corner, anything), as thick as you like and any shades; it’s just about creating a fun and almost soothing-to-look-at finish.
While we’ll most likely be requesting this look at the salons, some may want to try it at home after a year of at-home manicures. If that’s you, you can either paint the swirls on with a detail brush or paint on rough lines and add in the curves with an acetone-soaked brush.
Convinced? Here, we round up some swirl art nail inspiration.
Swirl nail art inspiration
Outlined swirl nails
Monochrome swirl nails
French manicure swirl nails
Pastel swirl nails
Colour-clashing swirl nails
Nude-coloured swirl nails
Floral swirl nails
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