This summer saw a plethora of swoon-worthy nail art trends. There were aura nails, psychedelic prints, and, of course, Hailey Bieber broke the Internet by inspiring everyone to try the “glazed donut” chrome nails. As we head into the fall, the fashion world has clearly made an imprint in the beauty world, because TikTok has decided that the season’s hottest new mani trend is velvet nails.
Now, expect to see people start imitating a key fall fabric on their fingertips. The velvet manicure trend gives your nails a shimmery, super-luxe textured appearance that mimics the look of your fave autumn dress. According to nail artist and content creator, Vivian W, velvet manis offer a lot of versatility. “When it catches the light, it’s such a gorgeous finish,” she tells Bustle. “It can be recommended for everyday wear, special occasions, and even bridal.”
If you prefer to do your own mani instead of going to a salon, Vivian says the look is relatively easy to replicate at home. “You just need cat-eye/magnetic/velvet gel, depending on what the brand is naming it, and it usually comes with a little magnet,” she says. “You just play around with it when it’s uncured. Once you’re happy with the pattern, cure underneath an LED lamp and that’s it.”
Whether you’re attempting the look at home or hitting up your local salon, keep scrolling for some seriously chic velvet nail art ideas for some inspo.