These are the top 10 nail trends of 2023, according to experts

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In my opinion, a woman’s hands are the ultimate form of self-expression (even more so if you’re a hand talker). From the shape of the nails to the hygiene to the design of your choice, the truth is that you can tell a lot about a person based on their hands. It’s also one of the easiest ways to experiment with your look by playing around with colors, textures, patterns and shapes – and unlike changing your hair color or hairstyle, it doesn’t need to be too engaging.

The good thing about nail trends is that they are non-judgmental – there is no color or design that is ever considered “old fashioned” because nail aesthetics are so subjective. However, #nailart inspo is easily spreading thanks to the plethora of hand selfies on social media, sparking trends that nail artists are getting more requests to fulfill. From classic nail colors to bolder nail designs, we’ve rounded up a slew of nail looks that are sure to be hot this coming year and sure to spark inspiration for your next manicure.

Chrome studs

Ever since Hailey Bieber wore glazed donut nails (the trendy beauty name for chrome nails) at the Met Gala, nail artists nationwide have been investing in chrome powder because chrome nails are classed as the best nail trend of 2022. (The hashtag has racked up nearly 300 million views on TikTok and a 306% search boost). .

Micro nails

As barely there bobs and short miniskirts grow in popularity, Pinterest predicts that “microbeauty” will be the next big thing in beauty. What does this mean for nails? Millennials and Gen-Zers are swapping their long, coffin-shaped nails for mini French manicures. Think simple designs, natural shapes and neutral colors that epitomize minimalism.

half moon nails

Speaking of minimalism, half moon nails are the simple nail trend that is enjoying a recent resurgence. As the name suggests, this involves painting a single color (or outline) on the lunula (the small rounded shadow at the bottom of each nail). “This trend is loved for its versatility,” say the experts at Spa Seekers. “It’s able to work on many nail lengths and shapes, and can be integrated with many other nail trends, designs, and colors.”

glass nails

Glass nails round out the bottom of the top festive nail trends this year (and will continue through 2023), a nail trend created by nail artist Eunkyung Park who uses finely cut holographic foil to create the illusion shards of glass. The magical end result resembles an expertly crafted stained glass window.

turtle nails

This layering technique using caramel, brown and black shades is going to be a huge hit this year, with searches up 1900% on Pinterest. “Tortoiseshell nails are back in full force,” confirms Nick Drewe, Trend Expert at Wethrift. “Animal prints seem to be one of the hottest trends of the year, but we’re moving away from bold prints and opting for a more understated design.”


Pop art, aka cartoon nails, is the latest nail trend to take over social media, dominating our Instagram and TikTok feeds in a variety of styles. This fun design offers a three-dimensional effect with a one-dimensional finish. Experts agree that it looks best when painted with bright pops of color, with black and white nail polish as a black outline and white accents.

Red cherry

Considered a timeless shade, Drewe says cherry red will become a manicure favorite next year. Go simple by creating a red French tip, get creative with a fun design, or play around with different colors to create a rainbow effect. If you want something that leans on the classy side, go with a simple glossy red finish.

Galaxy Nails

From lunar silhouettes to starry details, it seems our fascination with what’s happening in the sky turns into nail art inspiration. “We see the celestial nail trend everywhere,” says Drewe. “Not only is the astronomy-themed design versatile, but it also pairs well with nails of all lengths and shapes.”

green forest

If you love earthy tones, a forest green mani is a must-have shade this season, with searches up 115% on Pinterest. Drewe says the muted hue has just enough depth to make a statement, but is soft enough to go with literally anything.

70s Swirls

Abstract art fans love swirling art, a design with twists, twists, spirals, and bends in different colors. “You can’t go wrong with just one color, but if you’re looking for something more unexpected, 70s swirls are all the rage,” says Drewe. “It’s a new way to embrace darker tones. and give your traditional solid hue a break.”

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