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The 20 best mismatched nails on Instagram


by Holly O'Neill
26th Sep 2019
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Screenshot these and take them on your next salon visit.


What started as a strange and incredibily teenager-like nail trend on the various nail art pages I follow on Instagram has lifted off my phone screen and moved into my daily life.

As of this week, mismatched nails are on the hands of three colleagues, two friends and various other hands I have interacted with as I go about my life: the barista who handed me my coffee, the security staff who checked my ticket at a concert, the hand I shook at a meeting. If three times makes a trend, mismatched nails have gone quite viral in my life.

The trend is relatively simple – take a range of shades in preferably the same colour palette, like various tones of green, pastels or Crayola brights and paint a different shade on each nail like you’re fourteen and just received a multi-pack of nail varnish as a gift.

Is this inability to choose a single colour a reflection of being desperately overstimulated with far too much to choose from in absolutely every capacity in life from tv shows to takeaways to news channels?

The thought of picking out five colours for my nails gives me a headache. I have decision fatigue, meaning I frequently scroll Netflix for an hour then give up and watch the same show on repeat, always order the same thing from the takeaway and get my nails repainted the exact same shade every single time – Gelish’s delicious pillarbox red shade in Wish Upon A Starboard, if you’re asking.

If you are not this person, and you’re suffering from tonal fatigue over your next set of mismatched nails, allow me to share a selection of favourites from my Instagram feed…

 

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Photography by @betina_goldstein. 


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