Smiley face nails are curing our seasonal depression
Here’s how to nail the happy-making trend
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / April 20 2021
There is no icon of happiness quite like the quintessential smiley face symbol. Typically depicted in a cheery shade of yellow, the feel-good seal of approval has been stickered over a veritable wealth of knick-knacks over the years as well as a few car bumpers to boot.
But now the little guy has made his way onto our nails, taking up prime manicure real estate with his sunny disposition and we’re all here for it. Plus, with winter well on its way we can only hope that getting to stare at this little dude’s smiling face will take the edge off of the inevitable seasonal depression we’ll be experiencing in the next few months.
Whether you’re in need of a quick pick-me-up or you can’t go past an iconographic mani, here are nine smiley face-inspired nail looks to have at the ready when you hit up your nail tech.
You can’t go wrong with a classic. These cutesy nails keep things simple with a repetitive smiling pattern. Warning: This is probably about as low-key as this trend is gonna get so minimalist’s, hold onto your hats.
Image credit: @nailsbymh
Get precocious with your manicure and treat your nail art like your childhood school books; slap a few stickers on there, and add a bit of glitter and shimmer for good measure too. Iconic.
Image credit: @mannequin.hands
French tip manicures have been everywhere for the last couple of years and they just keep getting better in our opinion. Case and point? This hectic multi-patterned design that embraces a multitude of trends (including ol’ faithful Mr. Smiley).
Image credit: @nailsbykirsten
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Girlfriend and Beauty Heaven.