Whether you’re inclined to keep your nails short and neat or you’re in the mood to experiment with more intricate designs, 2023 nail trends have a little something for everyone. Manicurists predict this year’s most popular looks will run the gamut from traditional and minimalist to in-your-face designs you’ve probably never seen before. “We are super excited with what we are seeing on the horizon and right now,” says Rita Pinto, founder of New York City-based nail salon Vanity Projects. And the great thing is, all of these trends can be done on acrylic, gel, or natural nails.

Pinto notes that aside from trends in actual nail designs, there are techniques that are growing in popularity, encouraging artists to create looks that may have seemed impossible. “Clear gel is being manipulated to create designs with 3D texture, adding height, or dimension,” she explains. “Sometimes new technology like Aprés Gel X enters the market and becomes a big trend and so far, we see that continuing!”

In addition to Pinto, Allure spoke to a whole host of acclaimed nail artists (who regularly paint the fingertips of stars like Madonna, Solange, and Mariah Carey) to share the trends they’re predicting will take off this year, what they’re seeing in the nail industry, and the nail ideas their clients are asking for most. 

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