Tortoiseshell nails are this season’s most elegant nail trend

Tortoiseshell Nails Are This Season’s Most Elegant Nail Trend

And there are so many ways to wear the look

Beauty Crew Junior Beauty Writer / August 16 2019

Tortoiseshell print has long been a mainstay in the fashion world and is loved for its elegant, ultra-wearable nature and its ability to be matched with ease to any outfit you pair it with. In fact, it’s so versatile that we’d practically call it a neutral.

Now tortoiseshell is moving beyond accessories and onto our nails. Tortoiseshell manicures have started popping up in our Instagram feed and they are beyond chic. 

Take a look:

Tortoise 🖤🖤 . This design is the most versatile design I know.. absolutely love it in every season . Created using @the_gelbottle_inc Glass Yellow, Chocolate brown and Jet Black.. Tutorials on my feed & IGTV on how to mix it up 😍
Tortoise 🖤🖤 . This design is the most versatile design I know.. absolutely love it in every season . Created using @the_gelbottle_inc Glass Yellow, Chocolate brown and Jet Black.. Tutorials on my feed & IGTV on how to mix it up 😍

STUNNING, right?! We’re obsessed! And there are so many ways to wear it. 

For a more subtle take on the trend, try leaving half of your nails bare and painting just a portion in tortoiseshell:

Tortoise Shell. I tried these a couple years back and wasn't satisfied with the results. Thought I would give them another try doing new techniques using acetone and layering with a runny base coat. I mixed 5 different colors to achieve the base and added more brown or black as needed. Rings by @doublemossjewelry
Tortoise Shell. I tried these a couple years back and wasn't satisfied with the results. Thought I would give them another try doing new techniques using acetone and layering with a runny base coat. I mixed 5 different colors to achieve the base and added more brown or black as needed. Rings by @doublemossjewelry

Or go for a tortoiseshell feature nail:

Smokey tortoise shell + nudes = classy
Smokey tortoise shell + nudes = classy

It makes for a pretty fun French mani, too!

When your sister needs Scratch ✨party nails & holiday nails 🍹..... it can only be Tortoise Shell French Using TGB Teddy BIAB, Glass Yellow & Red with Mocha & Jet Black @scratchmagazine @the_gelbottle_inc @nickyhausnails #scratchstars19 #scratchmagazineuk #showscratch #thegelbottleinc #thegelbottleuk #gelbottleglassyellow #gelbottleglassred #biab #gelbottleteddy #partynails #summernails #tortoiseshellnails #naturalnails #nailpro #nailstyle #nailsofinstagram #nailonpoint #nailsonfleek #instyle #glamouruk #vougeuk #nailartjunkie #nailswakefield #wakefieldnails #nailmagazine #nailpromagazine
When your sister needs Scratch ✨party nails & holiday nails 🍹..... it can only be Tortoise Shell French Using TGB Teddy BIAB, Glass Yellow & Red with Mocha & Jet Black @scratchmagazine @the_gelbottle_inc @nickyhausnails #scratchstars19 #scratchmagazineuk #showscratch #thegelbottleinc #thegelbottleuk #gelbottleglassyellow #gelbottleglassred #biab #gelbottleteddy #partynails #summernails #tortoiseshellnails #naturalnails #nailpro #nailstyle #nailsofinstagram #nailonpoint #nailsonfleek #instyle #glamouruk #vougeuk #nailartjunkie #nailswakefield #wakefieldnails #nailmagazine #nailpromagazine

And if you’re wondering how the heck you even begin to create a tortoiseshell effect on your nails, watch this Canadian manicurist show you how it’s done. You need some epic nail art skills, but it’s worth it!

New tortoise shell tutorial 🐢 . 🆙🆒🆕🆓Link in my bio😋 . . . 🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈 #nailvideos #nailart #nailtutorial #nailarttutorial #nails2inspire #nailsonfleek #nails4today #gelmanicure #leafgelpremium #tortoiseshellnails #tortoiselover
New tortoise shell tutorial 🐢 . 🆙🆒🆕🆓Link in my bio😋 . . . 🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈 #nailvideos #nailart #nailtutorial #nailarttutorial #nails2inspire #nailsonfleek #nails4today #gelmanicure #leafgelpremium #tortoiseshellnails #tortoiselover

If you’re looking for more fresh new nail inspiration, read up on the ‘naked manicure.’

What do you think of the tortoiseshell nail trend? Let us know in the comments.

Main image credit: Getty

Isobel is BEAUTYcrew’s Junior Beauty Writer. When she's not busy hunting for the latest beauty news, you’ll find her arranging her skincare collection in search of the perfect “shelfie.” Isobel was previously an intern in the beauty department at ELLE Australia.