There’s a new nail trend that’s all over Instagram now and you and your HR manager are going to love it because it’s so office-appropriate. We’re talking about the tortoise shell nail trend. Yes, once upon a time, the tortoise shell print was all over the runway. Now, it’s on every manicure-loving person’s nails. The colours are muted, so you defo won’t get a warning letter from the human resource department about your choice of mani. Plus, you get to be on-trend, so what have you got to lose? Scroll through the gallery to see the 10 ways people on Instagram are making the trend their own.
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Wear it like everyone else
If you’re the classic kind of girl, go for the basic tortoise shell design. This is so versatile that it can match any outfit, whether you’re wearing a power suit to a meeting or an all-black ensemble for partying.
Go for gold
Jazz up your nails with specks of glitter on each nail. While this design uses gold foil, you can also opt for metallic gold nail polish to add those accents.
Marry with pink
Add a girly touch to the trend by blending your fave pink shade with the tortoise shell pattern. And while you’re at it, why not add the negative space trend too?
The unlikely pairing
Who knew that mint green would look so good with the tortoise shell design? Bling up your mani with studs or rhinestones for a more atas finish.
Back to black
Who says you can’t exude goth feels and follow nail trends? This Instagrammer cleverly blends the tortoise shell design with black nail colour for a chic finish.
Make it an accent
Don’t really want to wear the trend on all 10 nails? Why not make it the pièce de résistance of your mani by adorning only one or two nails with the design?
If you wish to tone it down, pick a complementary colour so the nails with the tortoise shell design doesn’t stick out as much. This is perfect for those who want to be on-trend but still stay on the safe side.
Keep it subtle
To tone it down even more, make the tortoise shell design less obvious by using lighter shades of brown to draw the rings. At one glance, people might not even be able to tell it’s the tortoise shell design!
You may be all about bling and ostentatious nail art, but that doesn’t mean the tortoise shell nail trend is not extra enough for you. Stick on a few blings and you’ve owned the trend.
Wear it on the tips
Here’s a smart way of marrying your favourite French mani with the tortoise shell trend. This is great for when you just want to try the trend to see if it works for you because if it’s not your cup of tea, you could just snip off the tips!