Is it just me or nail art is making a subtler comeback? This Spring the plain nails aren’t particularly popular. Inverted French, clear lines/shapes, moon manicure, and gliterry metallics – are all here to stay from the last season but the newer trends are even more eye-catchy.

#1 Artful Strokes

Solid colors are still in as long as they are rich and dark or pastel and light. This contrast is a nice one for those who like darker colors year round but now you don’t need to paint a whole nail in one or two (or even maybe three) perfectily smooth coats. You can play around with a nail art brush to create edgy strokes as seen at Prabal Gurung or apply it partially with the help of a sponge or dry brush technique as at Monique Lhuillier.

#2 Colorful Marbles


Colorful nails are a big hit of the season. Contrasting colors twirling and swirling on nails like canvas remind us of the colorful marbles and the abstract prints of the Sixties.

#3 Double French

Double French is a fresher take on the already modernized classic. Contrasting colors will make it stand out more while you can also use clear polish with colored lines.

#4 Subtle Decor

It’s all about subtlety when it comes to wearable nail art and decorated nails. At Houghton the models wore matte flesh-colored or peach nail polish (which is also trendy) with tiny rhinestones concentrated on the nail of a middle finger. Two or three small clear or black stones are fixed in a vertical row to create a subtle elegant accent.


The nail color of the Spring 2023 seems to be peachy orange that has been spotted at A Détacher, Delpozo, Alice + Olivia, and Veronica Beard. Colors like blue (bright and pastel shades), red, and mint are also in.


Flip mani has become a thing. Now you can not only paint the front side of your nails but also the back and not feel weird about it at all. It also makes case for longer more dramatic, less natural/practical nails. The longer your nails the more space there is for creativity.


Probably the first public appearance of a flip mani was two years ago at Grammys on Adele’s silver painted tips. The underside of her nails were painted red to match her Louboutin shoes. The “Louboutin mani” was something rare and unique but now more and more nail enthusiasts are picking on this trend. In 2013 CND Design Lab showed another flip mani that included rhinestones.


Now you can do whatever with your nails given they are the right length. You can decorate them with accessories or simply paint them a different color than your main mani. There’s definitely room for creativity as well as elegance. You can keep your nails nice and conservative while going crazy on the flip side.


If you’re going to grow out your nails to be able to wear flip mani you’ll have to strengthen and care for them to ensure they don’t break and are all the same length. In case of nail extensions, make sure to get them from a professional and be careful wearing them as not to break them and visit your nail master as often as necessary.


Creating a flip mani isn’t that hard. Paint the under side of nails with an art nail brush that is much thinner and more convenient for this than a nail polish one. Apply nail glue to rhinestones, decorations first and then carefully press them using tweezers to the nails.


What do you think about flip mani? Would you try it?