We’re entering the abstract nail-art era. The proof is on Instagram, TikTok, and the tips of well-manicured fingers everywhere. Though abstract designs can take on many forms, swirl nails in particular are proving to be fan favorites.
If you haven’t already splurged at the nail salon for your own set of swirl nail designs, chances are you’ve saved a handful of these manicures as reference photos for future appointments. Swirl nails come in a variety of patterns and colors, with neutral hues, like browns and tans, being a popular choice for fall and bright color schemes, like pink and blue swirls, screaming summer.
Swirl nails can also be paired with other nail-art trends for a truly one-of-a-kind look — something many celebrities and their manicurists have done. For example, in the past, La La Anthony has combined the pattern with a french manicure. The design was courtesy of Chaun Legend, who’s arguably the king of the swirl nail design. Chlöe, on the other hand, paired her swirl nails with crystal embellishments for a flashy look.
The beauty of nail designs with swirls is you can get the look on long or short nails, with extensions, or on your natural nails — the possibilities are endless. To get inspiration for your own set of swirl nails, keep scrolling.