The same way that heart-shaped chocolates feel less cheesy after Valentine’s Day, stars have a way of trending after Fourth of July weekend has passed. A star-printed manicure reads as festive or patriotic when sported at the beginning of the summer, but actually becomes fresh and cool by the end of it — in this case, peaking in mid-September on the streets of New York City.
Whether you go for a glossy jet-black base, inspired by the Rebecca Minkoff runway at this season’s NYFW, or bright-teal acrylic tips (concept courtesy of Lizzo), scroll through for the most popular star-print designs. Not necessarily Independence Day-oriented, just minimalist chic — they’ll have even the most nail art-averse reaching for a striping brush or stickers this fall. At Rebecca Minkoff, the manicures were the star of the show, literally. Manicurist Gina Edwards started with black press-ons from Kiss (Salon Color Nails in Bonfires), then placed individual star decals from the brand’s nail art kit over the top for what she calls “a glam rocker vibe.”From the runways to aspirational celebrity style, Lizzo recently debuted a starry look: green hair, gold-star body art, and the chicest detail of all, a bright teal, star-studded manicure.Last fall, celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik posted a snap of Selena Gomez’s pearlescent manicure sprinkled with freehand-drawn black stars — and we’ve kept it bookmarked for this exact moment.If an all-black manicure feels too extreme, use an inky shade to etch stars over a bare nail — like L.A.-based nail artist Hannah K. Fischer — which feels cute without trying too hard.These star stickers from Olive & June make DIY nail art so simple; all you have to do is peel and stick ’em over your pastel peach base.When placed over a glossy nude or clear base, white accent stars are timeless — and pair especially well with a distressed denim jacket, proven by nail pro Leslie Ngo.Even if you don’t have a steady hand, this five-pointed shape, inspired by influencer Emily Jane Lathan, is easy to create with a striping brush — plus, you can disguise any mistakes with glitter.More of a maximalist? Place your accents over long pink acrylics for a rad take on star-sprinkled nail art, like NYC-based artist Alani Figueroa.
For a texture play, make like editorial nail artist Betina Goldstein and use an iridescent polish — like this one from YSL — as a base, then add a 3D star decal on top.Like this post? There’s more. Get tons of beauty tips, tutorials, and inspiration on the Refinery29 Pinterest page — we’ll see you there!
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