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Is Nail Art Too Artsy For You?

Based in Washington D.C., Ayren Jackson-Cannady is so savvy that we wished she lived closer to NYC so that we could swap products with her. This beauty writer knows what’s up (she’s written for Fitness, Glamour, and Gloss Daily) and we’re excited to have her sharing her know-how and multi-culti beauty expertise as a contributing editor.


When it comes to beauty, I’m all for letting your creative juices flow. If you think blue eyeliner and red lipstick look good together—rock it! If you think peach and pink and blue and purple highlights are where it’s at—right on! You want to wear glitter and graphic neon stripes on your nails? Go you!

But if I’m being completely honest, the whole nail art trend is starting to wear me down a wee bit. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love how it looks on other people—no matter how off the wall it is. (Mini-tangent: the other day at the grocery story, I saw a woman with a different Sesame Street character painted on each of her nails and I felt a tinge of jealousy). But when I try to take a walk on the wilder side with pink polka dots or navy zig-zags or yellow smiley faces, I get sick of it after just a few hours. Meanwhile, I could paint my nails in Deborah Lippmann Waking Up In Vegas Nail Lacquer (a super-flattering creamy taupe) everyday for the rest of my life and never get bored.

But why should all of the color-lovers have all of the nail art fun? I went on a little beauty hunt to find designs that neutral polish-zealots—even hard-core ones like me—could enjoy.

I peeped these three looks on Birchbox’s Pinterest “Nails” page, but I want more to add to my repertoire (‘cause I’m greedy like that). Do you have any cool nail art ideas for nude and neutral polish? Do share!

If you want to experiment with nail art, check out what supplies at your desk you can use to help you get cool designs!

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