Abstract swirl nail designs have absolutely taken over the nail art world as the dominant trend. We’re seeing a lot of manis on our social media feeds and IRL boasting twists, turns, spirals, and bends — veritable works of wearable art.
Besides looking cool, we think that part of the appeal of swirl nails is the fact that they’re so versatile and adaptable. By that we mean: hard to get wrong. It takes the pressure off if you’re trying it for yourself at home. But even if you’d rather tap the skills of a pro, we’ve got plenty of ideas, along with some tips from nail artists on how to do ’em or what to ask your manicurist for.
“It can be daunting for clients who want to achieve this look but don’t know where to start,” says Reading, England-based nail artist Trang Vu of Amy Nails Reading. “I recommend providing your nail technician with a few inspiration photos of the types of swirls you like. It is always useful to have a color palette in mind.” The colors don’t need to be exact, but having a basic idea of the hues you want to work with is the first step. “Your technician can help you pick them out and, if necessary, pair those shades with complementary colors,” says Vu.
To save you endless hours of scrolling through the #swirlnails rabbit hole, we rounded up 15 of our favorite designs we’ve seen online. Get into them!
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