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99 Unexpected Manicure Designs

From Anti-Social Nail Art to Luminescent Nail Varnishes

— June 8, 2015 — Art & Design
Creative and artistic manicures have become the latest must-have accessory for any outfit and these bold nail varnishes demonstrate that there is no limit to what you can showcase on your fingers. Playing with texture, color and even technology, these clever nail art designs will have you reaching for your favorite polish.

For many nail art aficionados, it is the bright and quirky designs that are the most fun to create. Instead of just a single color across each nail, these bold illustrations pay tribute to pop stars, TV shows and even favorite foods. Nails have now become a great way to showcase your love of anything from Disney princesses to fast food burgers.

However not all nail art features eccentric and comical decals. Several specially designed nail vanishes offer consumers the opportunity to play with texture and color for a subtle, yet unexpected design. Some examples of unique polish options include metallic stick-on nail decals, color-changing lacquer and even 3D-printed fake nails. With so many options to choose from, your nails will never be boring again.
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Festive Menorah Manicures
Festive Menorah Manicures
This Hanukkah Nail Art Celebrates the Traditional Holiday
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98
Augmented Nail Art
Augmented Nail Art
Metaverse Makeovers' Cool Nail Art is Enhanced with Augmented Reality
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97
Famous Figure Nail Art
Famous Figure Nail Art
These Portraits by David Foster Were Created Using Nails and a Hammer
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96
Drama TV Series Manicures
Drama TV Series Manicures
This Breaking Bad Nail Art Pays Tribute to the Hit Television Show
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95
Cinematic Polish Collections
Cinematic Polish Collections
China Glaze Created a Nail Polish Line in Honor of the Giver Movie
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94
Ice Princess Nail Art
Ice Princess Nail Art
I Have a Cupcake Nail Art Creates a Frozen Manicure Inspired by Elsa
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93
Cartoon Popstar Manicures
Cartoon Popstar Manicures
Adorn These Nail Stickers in Honor of the Beyonce Pregnancy Rumors
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92
Temporarily Tattooed Nail Decals
Temporarily Tattooed Nail Decals
These Ghetto Nailz Designs Let you Have Fun with Your Manicure
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91
Pizza-Themed Polishes
Pizza-Themed Polishes
The Pizza Hut Nail Polish Line is Inspired By Savory Pies
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90
Candy Heart Manicures
Candy Heart Manicures
These DIY Valentines Day Nails Are Adorably Expressive
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89
Watercolor Manicure Cosmetics
Watercolor Manicure Cosmetics
YSL's Latest Nail Polish Range Opts for Semi-Sheer Shades
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88
Memorial Tie-Dye Manicures
Memorial Tie-Dye Manicures
These Red, White and Blue Nails Commemorate National Independence Day
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87
Cult Film Manicures
Cult Film Manicures
These Mean Girls Beauty Nail Decals are Made with Quotes from the Film
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86
Explosive Firework Manicures
Explosive Firework Manicures
These Happy Fourth of July Firecracker Nail Decals are Super Glittery
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85
Lace Motif Nail Art
Lace Motif Nail Art
The New Revlon by Marchesa Nail Appliques are Delicately Ethereal
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84
Dancer-Inspired Nail Art
Dancer-Inspired Nail Art
Cheryl Burke's imPRESS Collection is Inspired by Her Dance Costumes
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83
Patriotic Memorial Manicures
Patriotic Memorial Manicures
This American Flag Manicure is Perfect for Memorial Day Weekend
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82
Couture Crimson Polishes
Couture Crimson Polishes
The Infamous Red Louboutin Soles Now Comes in a Nail Polish Color
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81
Flower-Inspired Nail Polish
Flower-Inspired Nail Polish
The Dolce & Gabbana Love in Taormina Campaign Stars Monica Bellucci
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80
Delicious Disney Manicures
Delicious Disney Manicures
This Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bar Nail Art is Sweet
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79
Gold Striped Nails
Gold Striped Nails
Erica of HonestlyWTF Creates a DIY Manicure Perfect for Holiday Parties
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78
Animal Print Makeup Looks
Animal Print Makeup Looks
Kwak Ji Young Stars in the Fashion Gone Rogue Exclusive Editorial 'Wild'
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77
Marble Manicure Tutorials
Marble Manicure Tutorials
Love Aesthetics Blog Shows Fans an Easy Nail Art DIY Project
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76
Glittery Superstar Lacquers
Glittery Superstar Lacquers
Add Sparkle to Your Holiday Collection with Mariah Carey Nail Polish
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75
Heartthrob Nail Decals
Heartthrob Nail Decals
Bring Your Favorite Actor Wherever You Go with Liam Hemsworth Nail Art
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74
Collegiate Varsity Manicures
Collegiate Varsity Manicures
Get Back into School Mode with this Academic-Themed Nail Art Tutorial
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73
Feminine Rocker Nail Polish Ads
Feminine Rocker Nail Polish Ads
The Rebel Nails Campaign Focuses on Daintily Edgy Beauty
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72
Coffee Nail Art
Coffee Nail Art
Huffington Post Compiles Java Jolting Manicures for Inspiration
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71
Feline Silhouette Manicures
Feline Silhouette Manicures
These Black Cat Nail Decals are Perfect for Witchy Fashion Lovers
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70
Drug-Detecting Manicures
Drug-Detecting Manicures
Undercover Colors' Date Rape Drug Detector Comes in Nail Polish Form
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69
Dog-Themed Nail Art
Dog-Themed Nail Art
Hello Harriet Nail Art and Temporary Tattoos are Adorable
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68
Elegant Hors D'oeuvre Manicures
Elegant Hors D'oeuvre Manicures
The Ciate Caviar Luxe Sets Adds Texture to One's Polished Look
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67
Fast Food Manicures
Fast Food Manicures
These Homemade Nail Decals Recreate Popular Food Items With Polish
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66
Playful Starlet Nail Art
Playful Starlet Nail Art
Confidently Embrace Your Inner Diva with These Beyonce Nail Decals
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65
Festively Green Nail Decals
Festively Green Nail Decals
Show Your Support for the Irish Holiday with St. Patrick's Nail Art
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64
Football-Inspired Manicures
Football-Inspired Manicures
This COVERGIRL Tutorial Shows How to Make Super Bowl Nail Art
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63
Formaldahyde-Free Nail Polishes
Formaldahyde-Free Nail Polishes
Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics Offers Luxe Eco-Friendly Varnishes
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62
Photographic Nail Stickers
Photographic Nail Stickers
NailSnaps Turns Your Fingers into a Gallery
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61
Transformative Nail Polishes
Transformative Nail Polishes
Mac Nail Transformations Can Be Mixed & Matched to Add Texture
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60
Doughnut Nail Decals
Doughnut Nail Decals
Make Your Manicure Delicious with This Doughnut Nail Art From 'JsUtopia'
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Bizarre Reverse Manicures
Bizarre Reverse Manicures
These Flip Manicures Find a Clever Use For Waste Nail Real Estate
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58
Soda-Inspired Nail Polishes
Soda-Inspired Nail Polishes
The Coca-Cola by OPI Collection is Made with Iconic Beverages in Mind
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57
Peelable Nail Polish
Peelable Nail Polish
Tinkerbell's Peel-Off Nail Varnish is Nostalgic and 90s-Inspired
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56
Seeing Eye Nail Stickers
Seeing Eye Nail Stickers
Pixie Market's Stick-On Manicure is Easy to Apply and Remove
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Icy Popsicle Manicures
Icy Popsicle Manicures
This Turbo Rocket Popsicle Nail Tutorial is Fun for Summer
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54
Anime Nail Art
Anime Nail Art
These Sailor Moon and Attack on Titan Nails are Extremely Detailed
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53
Marble Manicure Collections
Marble Manicure Collections
NCLA's Semi-Precious Sticker Range Boasts Stone Nail Art Prints
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52
Dessert-Themed Manicures
Dessert-Themed Manicures
The L'Oreal Spring 2014 Les Blancs Collection is Feminine and Bright
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51
Animated Feline Manicures
Animated Feline Manicures
The NCLA Hello Kitty Collection Features Customized Nail Stickers
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50
Candy-Coated Fingernail Billboards
Candy-Coated Fingernail Billboards
These Candy Crush Nails are Insanely Extravagant
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49
Anti-Social Nail Art
Anti-Social Nail Art
Let People Know You Don't Want to be Disturbed with Shhh Nail Stickers
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48
Glittery Autumn Manicures
Glittery Autumn Manicures
This Fall Nail Polish is Filled With Glitter Specs That Look Like Leaves
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Habit-Breaking Manicures
Habit-Breaking Manicures
This Tech-Savvy Wearables Manicure Can Help You Stop Biting Your Nails
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Iconic Songstress-Influenced Manicures
Iconic Songstress-Influenced Manicures
The Gwen Stefani by OPI Nail Polish is Bananas
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45
Healthy Nail Polishes
Healthy Nail Polishes
Bio Seaweed Gel Offers Long-Lasting Polish that Doesn't Damage Nails
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44
Obsessed Cat Nail Art
Obsessed Cat Nail Art
These Cute Cat Nail Decals are for Cat Enthusiasts
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Flirty Eye Manicures
Flirty Eye Manicures
Honestly WTF's DIY Eye Nail Art is Mystical and Easy to Create
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42
$12,000 Acrylic Nails
$12,000 Acrylic Nails
A Bidder Payed a Hefty Price for a Piece of Lady Gaga Nail Art
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$195,000 Diamond Nail Polishes
$195,000 Diamond Nail Polishes
The Azature Black Diamond Nail is Luxury for Your Fingertips
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40
Chic Jean-Clad Nails
Chic Jean-Clad Nails
The Ciate Denim Manicure Set is Casually Cool
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Sitcom-Inspired Nail Decals
Sitcom-Inspired Nail Decals
Golden Girls Nail Art Will Get You Reminiscing on the Hilarious Sitcom
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Nightmare Before Christmas Nails
Nightmare Before Christmas Nails
Get Jack Skellington-Inspired Nails with This Spooky Tutorial
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Geometric Video Game Nails
Geometric Video Game Nails
Kayleigh O’Connor Makes Her Nails an 8-Bit Affair
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36
DIY Daisy Manicures
DIY Daisy Manicures
This Beauty Tutorial Teaches You How to Draw Daisy Flowers on Your Nails
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35
90s Nail Art
90s Nail Art
Emerging Thoughts Creates a Fun Beauty Flashback for Women
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34
Peculiar Press-On Manicures
Peculiar Press-On Manicures
These Press-On Rad Nails Make Nail Care Exceptionally Easy
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Illuminating WiFi Manicures
Illuminating WiFi Manicures
Takara Tomy Arts Has Created Nails for the Internet-Lover
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Love-Inspired Nail Decals
Love-Inspired Nail Decals
Get Ready for Romance with Valentine Nail Art
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Anime-Themed Nail Polishes
Anime-Themed Nail Polishes
These Sailor Moon Collectibles are Part of the 'Miracle Romance' Series
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Eye-Popping 3D Nails
Eye-Popping 3D Nails
The Nail Art Wrap Set Comes with 3D Glasses for Your 3D Nails
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DIY Dystopian Film Manicures
DIY Dystopian Film Manicures
This Hunger Games Nail Look Represents Katniss Everdeen's District
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Twerking Singer Manicures
Twerking Singer Manicures
These Miley Cyrus Nail Art Decals Celebrate the Controversial Star
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Hi-Tech Gel Manicures
Hi-Tech Gel Manicures
Ritual Nail by Wearable Services Boasts Built-In Sensors
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Layered Heart Manicures
Layered Heart Manicures
The Sweetheart Nail Art by Jin Soon Choi is Perfect for Valentine's Day
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Romantic Disney Nails
Romantic Disney Nails
This Disney Nail Art From Nailsgraphicworld is Perfect for Valentine's Day
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Horoscope Nail Art
Horoscope Nail Art
Susan Miller Colorfully Interprets the 12 Astrological Signs
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Metallic Chrome Manicures
Metallic Chrome Manicures
These Stick-On Metallic Nails are Ideal for Fashionistas
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Sushi Nail Art
Sushi Nail Art
This Tasty Food Nail Art Redefines the Term 'Finger Food'
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Building Block Manicures
Building Block Manicures
Dorota Pankowska Created This LEGO-Themed Manicure
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Glam Granny Manicures
Glam Granny Manicures
Hooklook’s Crochet Nail Art is Inspired by Traditional Knit Designs
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Musician Marketed Manicure Art
Musician Marketed Manicure Art
The British Designers At BOHEM Create 'Nails For The Stars'
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Prickly Manicure Designs
Prickly Manicure Designs
The Rose Noir Nails are a Fresh Take on Sharp Fashion
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Mood Ring-Like Manicures
Mood Ring-Like Manicures
Orly's Shade Shifter Nail polish Changes Color with Body Temperature
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Luminescent Nail Varnishes
Luminescent Nail Varnishes
This American Apparel Nail Varnish Glows in the Dark
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NFL-Inspired Nail Designs
NFL-Inspired Nail Designs
COVERGIRL Celebrates the Return of the NFL With Football Nails
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Social Media Cosmetics
Social Media Cosmetics
The Social Butterfly Blue Nail Polish is for the Facebook-Savvy Generation
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24 Carat Gold Manicures
24 Carat Gold Manicures
The MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer Gold Polish Will Have Your Nails Sparkling
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Masculine Business Manicures
Masculine Business Manicures
The 'Business Nail' Japanese Manicure is a Strange Phenomenon
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Mattened Makeover Nail Lacquers
Mattened Makeover Nail Lacquers
Deborah Lippmann's Matte Top Coat Gets Rid of Luster
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10
Expanded Nail Art Designs
Expanded Nail Art Designs
Cuticle Tattoos by Rad Nails is a Combination of Manicures and Henna Art
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9
Abstract Art Manicures
Abstract Art Manicures
Fall For DIY's Brush Stroke Nail Art is Easy and Fashion-Forward
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Retro Nail Wraps
Retro Nail Wraps
The Orbit Ring Nail Wraps By NCLA Add An Extra Sleek Finish To Manicures
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Famous Painting Manicures
Famous Painting Manicures
Nail Art History by Susi Kenna Introduces Fine Art to the Industry
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3D-Printed Nail Art
3D-Printed Nail Art
The Laser Girls Create Intricate Sculptural Designs for Nails
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Outrageously Opulent Nails
Outrageously Opulent Nails
These Gold Nails by H & H Are Made in Unusual Shapes
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4
Embellished Nail Art Editorials
Embellished Nail Art Editorials
The Pick of the Glitter Image Series Embraces Hands-On Opulence
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3
3D-Printed Fingernails
3D-Printed Fingernails
TheLaserGirls Manicures Give Dimension to Your Polish Job
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2
70s-Inspired Nail Editorials
70s-Inspired Nail Editorials
Holland Shoots the Far-Out Editorial ‘Color Blocking’ for
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Nostalgic Christmas Story Manicures
Nostalgic Christmas Story Manicures
Relive Your Childhood This Christmas with Grinch Nail Decals
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