Just like your wardrobe, a manicure can tell a lot about a person. Those who stick to classic nude nails, for example, are likely minimalists who prefer a classic aesthetic. And when we see a set of 3D nails we just know whoever’s wearing them is a major trendsetter.
But sometimes, despite all the celebrity manicure inspo you’ve been bookmarking, it’s hard to decide exactly what you’re feeling when you step into the salon. And on those days, it’s best to leave it up to fate and let the stars decide your nail design.
We scoured hundreds of horoscopes (literally) and dug through the depths of the dark web (red: Instagram nail accounts) to hand-pick the best nail designs to try based on your star sign. So if you’re in need of some inspiration for your next visit to the nail salon, let these nail trends based on your zodiac sign be your guiding light.
(March 21-April 19)
A fiery personality calls for ‘look at me’ nails. You love to be centre of attention, and chrome nails will do just that. They’re the perfect high-octane accessory to pair with your seasonal wardrobe. Whether you prefer an accent or full-nail colour, chrome hues are guaranteed to level-up your look. Feeling adventurous? Add some charms to your chrome-topped talons for an extra-hot take.
Digital lavender nails
(April 20-May 20)
Never one to miss a trend, you’ll be swooning over this nostalgic icy manicure. Digital lavender nails are the perfect balance of luxury and simplicity, and a seriously chic update from Hailey Bieber’s glazed donut nails (RIP). The trend really taps into your nostalgic side, with the holographic hue taking inspo from the iconic frosted makeup of the ‘00s. And can we talk about how serene that lavender shade is? A Taurean's dream.
(May 21-June 20)
Mismatched nails (AKA pick ‘n’ mix) are the exact kind of chaotic good a Gemini needs in their life. You’re balancing multiple hobbies, friendship groups and moods (let’s be honest), and what better way to express all of that than through your nail art? Plus, we all know your spontaneity and adorable erraticism makes decision-making a bit of a challenge – but thankfully, with mismatched nail art, you can bring all your brilliant ideas to life in one manicure.
(June 21-July 22)
Just like a siren, you too have a way of keeping people within your grasp. But that’s all a facade, because underneath that protective outer shell is a sensitive and nurturing soul. Mermaidcore nails are the perfect way to put your best (and worst) traits on display. The oceanic hues and mirrored accents of mermaidcore are both breathtaking and moody (can relate), and the perfect way to express your imaginative side.
(July 23-August 22)
It’s no secret that Leos aren’t scared of a little drama (let’s face it, you are the drama). And confetti nails are the perfect statement-making claws that will have everyone talking. They’re loud and bold, just like you, but also allow you to express your fun, artistic side too. And besides, what’s life without a little bedazzlement?
(August 23-September 22)
Virgos are known for their practical approach, but that doesn’t mean a modern mani is off the cards. Aura nails are the ultimate pared-back approach to nail art and allow you to experiment with creativity without feeling overwhelmed, or worse – out of control (your worst nightmare). Stick to nudes and pinks for a goes-with-everything vibe, or go all out with a multi-colour aura. We promise your inner-perfectionist will approve.
Glitter French tip
(September 23-October 22)
The glitter French tip was basically designed for Libras. It’s equally charming, romantic and balanced, without going OTT – and you do still have expensive taste, so a glitter Frenchie is definitely the perfect match for you. Keep it simple and balanced (two of your favourite things) with traditional tips or spice it up a little with the reverse French.
Goth glam nails
(October 23-November 21)
Fiesty and mysterious, Scorpios are represented by the scorpion for a reason. And the first thing we think of for the perfect Scorpio manicure? Goth glam nails. This grungy Y2K-inspired trend oozes the ‘cool without trying’ facade you’ve mastered so well. But we know this dark and mysterious persona is just a ruse, Scorpio. Just like Wednesday Addams, your soft side will be revealed eventually…
(November 22-December 21)
As a star sign that’s always searching for spiritual truth, there’s no manicure more fitting than celestial nails for the passionate Sagittarius. You’re always on a quest for knowledge, and perhaps you’ll find the answers to all your burning questions written in the stars adorning your nails. Opt for a purple-hued base (your signature colour) to make your star-studded claws encapsulate your spirit even more.
French tip with a twist
(December 22-January 19)
Okay Capricorn, hit pause on whatever you’re doing (we see you, workaholic) and listen up. We know you like to keep it as classic and practical as possible, but ICYMI the French tip has had some seriously chic updates. From multi-coloured tips to mirrored Frenchies, this timeless trend has so many different possibilities you can try. The salon is calling…
(January 20-February 18)
When Ariana Grande sang “head in the clouds’” she was talking about you, Aquarius. And what could be more fitting for this air sign than literal clouds on your nails? We know you’re always in a bit of a daydream state, but we love you for your quirky takes and endless optimism. This dreamy design perfectly captures your free-spirited ways.
(February 19 – March 20)
You’re a dreamer, obsessed with nostalgic memories and trends. So why not bring your core memories to life with a Y2K nail makeover? The beauty of this trend is that it can be as bold or minimalist as you desire. Opt for a dreamy jelly nail design or go all out with glitter, chrome and bedazzlements (looking at you, lava lamp nails). The beauty of Y2K nails is that you get full creative control so you can let your artistic side take the reins.
Georgia Nelson is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty & Social Editor and resident Euphoria obsessee. You'll find her hard at work putting the latest TikTok beauty trends to the test or perfecting her skin care routine. Her latest obsession? Nailing the glazed donut aesthetic (move over, Hailey Bieber).