The Winter Nail Art Trends That Will Be All Over Instagram In 2018

For the most part, nail trends are pretty predictable: red for fall, black for winter, florals for spring, and white for summer. However, each year seems to bring at least one surprising trend we couldn’t have possibly seen coming, such as 2017’s half-painted nails or pierced nails. Yeah, 2017 was a pretty shitty year for all of us, and maybe it’s just my lame attempt to be positive, but I’m just going to go out on a whim and say with 2018 right around the corner (no, literally, it’s like, in 6 days), we can only go up from here. I mean that in every way possible—by upgrading our definition of music (mumbling “Gucci Gang” over a beat does not count), getting a new president (plz), and bringing new nail trends that aren’t cringeworthy for once. Here are five nail trends we’re all about to want as soon as the new year begins.

1. Marble Nails

We couldn’t let our new iPhone X be the only one looking cute in its marble case from Shop Betches. The design looks just as good on nails as you’d think. Accent the ring finger (or multiple fingers) with a solid color.

Marble Nails

2. Holiday-Inspired Nails All Year Round

The holiday season calls for everything to look as though glitter just vommed everywhere. Despite how much of a bitch it is to get off, holiday-inspired glitter nails are surprisingly a thing, snow or no snow. Feel free to keep your glitter polish on long after the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Glitter Nails

3. Contrasting Shades Of The Same Color

For those who are the most indecisive and torn between two or even three shades of the same nude, luckily for you, it’s not tacky to choose all three. Whether it’s with different shades of blues, pinks, or grays, create your own ombre effect across your nails.

Blue Nails

4. Simple Strokes

Simplicity is key when it comes to nail art, because despite contrary belief, we are really not in the ‘90s anymore. Opt for random lines, an array of small dots, or zig-zags on select fingers for a sophisticated design that looks harder than it probably really was.

Nail Art

5. Black-Tie Nails

Obviously, black will never, ever, ever (say ever again) go out of style, so long as I’m living. However, even the biggest fan of black will eventually grow bored it, so to glam up your basic manicure, incorporate a black and white theme that’s incredibly simple, but oh-so-classy—two words I probably would not use to describe my personality, but whatever.

Black Nails