Move over mismatched nails, it’s time for a new nail trend to shine: indie nails!
Last year, we covered how mismatched nails took the world by storm, and while indie nails share some similarities such as the haphazard colours and prints all rolled into one manicure, there are a couple of things that set this rising nail trend apart.
When we hear “indie”, we think of alternative rock or pop-rock, and bands like Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys. But in the world of beauty and fashion, indie refers to an individual style, and that’s what this new nail trend is all about.
Truth be told, an indie mani is whatever you want it to be, with a different colour or design on every nail — except that they don’t have to match, and you can mix random elements and patterns to create a nail look that’s totally you.
Think bright, eye-catching colours, bold patterns, and the most random things all thrown into a mani where anything goes.
Is it all coming together in your head… but not really? Don’t worry, because we’ll break down this up-and-coming nail trend for you with some pictures for inspiration too!
Colours to try
Indie nails typically sport bright and fun colours, and some are even bold enough to go for a mix of neon shades or pastel candies on all 10 fingers!
If you want something more muted, you can always go for a nude, white, or black base and have some bright colours here and there to spice it up.
We’ve even curated a Pinterest board of colour palettes that’ll help you get started with the shades and hues of your next mani.
Patterns to play with
Weird. Funky. Random. That’s how we’ll describe the patterns we’ve seen in indie nails. The patterns in indie nails are mixed to create a very cohesive look that no one would have thought would look this good together.
And when we say random, we really mean random. Checkered, cow print, dalmatian spots, neon squiggles, smileys just to name a few.
We’ve curated a Pinterest board of colour palettes that’ll help you get started with the shades and hues for your next nail appointment.
Elements and accents
When we say go ham, we really mean go ham. Think of the most random object, or what you had for breakfast, and we’re sure it can go on your nails too.
You can get practically any design you want on your nails, some of the popular ones being
- Smiley faces
- Evil eye
You’ll be surprised at how well a smiley egg will look on your nails (trust us, we didn’t think that was going to be a look either). The whole point of indie nails is to go crazy, have fun, and ultimately do whatever you want!
Nail looks for some inspiration
If you’re itching to get an indie mani but don’t really have a design yet, we’ve got you covered. Below, we’ve curated 11 indie nail designs so you can get inspired for your next trip to the nail salon!