Master the hottest nail trends without making it look like a DIY job.

By By Katherine Desloge
Updated: March 05, 2018
Photo: Claire Benoist

Madeline Poole (@mpnails), Sally Hansen's global color ambassador and an all-around cool chick, gave us the inside scoop on the season's best mani trends.

Negative Space

A simple black-and-white pattern on a clear tip "can have tons of visual impact in a small area," Poole says. To create this easy design on the pinky finger (above), Poole used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Hooked on Onyx ($6; target.com) and Miracle Gel in Get Mod ($7; amazon.com). (Here's more negative space nail art inspo.)

Belted

To spice up the look of a sheer nail, Poole uses what she calls "nail belt" (shown on ring finger). The base is a sheer color, like Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Shell We Dance ($8; ulta.com), with "a row of crystals or studs that go horizontally across the center of the nail, like a belt or a bracelet," Poole says.

New Nudes

If you're not one for designs, try solid mushroom colors, like Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Totem-ly Yours, shown on middle finger ($10; ulta.com), Poole says. "This is one of those miracle shades that looks great on everyone." Or for a cool, earthy touch, try Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Thyme Is Money, shown on thumb ($4; target.com). (These gel nail polishes stand up to tough workouts.)

Label Mania

Poole is not known for being understated. "Right now, I'm loving allover prints from classic designers," she says-including the signature Fendi logo, shown on index finger. Poole uses lighter and darker brown shades, like Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Taupe to Go ($5; cvs.com) and Slick Slate ($5; cvs.com), to re-create the linked f's.

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