After years of visiting the nail salon every 2-3 weeks, I decided to give-up my beloved shellac manicures and go on a journey to nail health. Now my nails are restored and healthy, I’m ready to dive back into the salon visits. But first, I need inspiration. Sifting through the colour swatches at the salon can be overwhelming – who knew there were that many different shades of red? Not to mention the endless nail art possibilities. Hence, I’m a firm believer in having a colour and design in mind before getting caught off guard at the salon. Even better? Reference images! Here we round up the best nail artists to follow for inspiration so you’re ready for your next salon appointment.
Harriet Westmoreland @harrietwestmoreland As an OPI Global Ambassador, it’s no wonder Harriet Westmoreland’s page is full of elegant nails. A quick scroll of her Instagram reveals her signature style is minimal manicures. A red nail is a classic for a reason! Although stunning reds feature regularly, Westmoreland is known to be the master of the nude nail too, thanks to her approach of focussing on enhancing the natural shape and colour. If fresh, clean and chic nails are what you love, this page is for you.
Sarah (a.k.a Heluviee) @heluviee Chances are you have already seen the stunning nail designs of @heluviee over on the Gritty Pretty Instagram – we’re big fans. Starting her page during the COVID-19 lockdowns, Sarah has grown a following thanks to her love for doing her own nails. That’s right, most of the manicures you see on her page are done on herself (our hand steadiness could never). From stunning colour combinations, abstract designs and sparkles, you’ll find all the nail inspiration you need here. Sarah often shares tips and tricks to doing your own manicures too, so if you’re interested in trying it yourself, look no further.
Betina Goldstein @betina_goldstein For those of us who like to keep our nails more minimal, Chanel nail artist, Betina Goldstein’s, page is all you’ll need. If you’re a beauty lover, its likely Goldstein’s intricate nail art has already passed through your feed at some point and it’s not hard to see why she’s attracted a following. Counting celebrities like Margot Robbie and Zoë Kravitz as clients, Goldstein’s feed is full of chic and a-list worthy manicures. I know where I’ll be drawing inspiration from for my next salon visit!