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The Coolest Nail Designs To Try

All about customised glam.

BY Mercy Kipchilat

Mar 23, 2023, 02:00 PM

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Whether you are looking for a simple minimalist design or you are more into long, bold, and artistic nails that make a statement, there is something for everyone.

You can easily get a customised nail design from the countless nail designs and technicians available, depending on your personal style and the occasion. 

Here are some popular nail design ideas that you can try right now. You can customise the designs further by using your favourite colours and mixing the designs up. 

Gel Nail Designs.

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Gel nail designs are designs that use gel nail polish to create beautiful nail designs. 

Gel nail polish is a type of nail polish that is cured or hardened using a UV light or LED lamp making it more durable and long-lasting than traditional nail polish. 

There are two main types of gel nail polish- soft gel and hard gel. While soft gel polish is a more flexible type of gel polish that is applied in a similar way to regular nail polish to provide a more natural look and feel to the nails, hard gel polish on the other hand is a more rigid type of gel polish that is used to build up the length and strength of the natural nails and requires curing under the UV. 

Both soft and hard gel nail designs can range from simple and elegant to complex and intricate that can be customised to suit a person's style and personality.

Acrylic Nail Designs.

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Acrylic nails are another option for people who want longer, beautiful artificial nails that last for long.

Acrylic nails are artificial nails made by combining a liquid acrylic product with a powder. After applying the mixture to the natural nail, it is shaped and filed to achieve the desired length and shape. 

Acrylic nails can be painted with regular nail polish or decorated with various nail art techniques to create beautiful nail designs. 

French Tip Nail Design.

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A French nail design is a classic and simply elegant style of manicure where the tips of the nails are painted a different colour from the rest of the nails (usually white). 

Although the traditional French nail design typically consists of a white or nude base with a thin strip of white polish along the tips of the nails, you can switch up the base colours and incorporate other designs as well to get a more modern look.
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This design is usually done on natural nails or with the use of acrylic or gel extensions and they are often used for special occasions like weddings, but they can also be worn for everyday looks. 

Ombré Nail Designs.

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An ombré nail design is currently among the trendiest nail designs. It’s an artistic technique that blends two or more colours in a gradual fade from a lighter to a darker shade and vice versa.

You can use this technique on all of your nails or just one for a pop of colour. If you want to go a little extra, you can also add some glitter or incorporate other patterns and art of your choice.

Christmas Nail Designs.

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Christmas nail designs are fun, bright and artistic nail designs that are usually worn around the Christmas holidays.

They typically feature shades of red, white and green nail paint and beautiful patterns, crystals and even sparkles that mimic the Christmas tree, decorations and classic festive wear.

You can get the same design on all your nails or mix and match different patterns and designs to get a more fun look like the one above.

Marble Nail Design.

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The marble nail design is a chic and beautiful way to incorporate multiple colours into your design in a way that mimics the look of marble stone.

You can get the marble nail design in the colours of your choice and you can either get the marble design on all your nails, or on one nail to stand out from the rest.

Artistic Nail Design.

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There is a wide range of artistic nail designs that incorporate various prints and patterns to achieve a beautiful, unique design.

Whether you are into floral prints, animal prints, geometric prints, stripes, or polka dots, you can incorporate one or more of the named prints into your nail designs to get an edgy look, but you can also add a tiny print onto one of your nails to get a minimalist but still cute design.