If you’re looking for a nail trend to bridge the gap from the dark neutrals of winter to the bright hues of spring, try geode nail designs: These combinations of jewel tones and glitter polishes are an earthy, organic way to add a little extra shimmer to your mani. The detailed designs are made from several different colors and types of polish layered on the nail — and then sanded off with a small nail drill to expose the shades, sparkles, and the transitions between each. Choose the design for one accent nail or for your entire hand, and opt for brilliant, eye-popping tones or subtle gray and metallic neutrals.
Nails magazine published this video tutorial for amethyst geode nails from artist Lauren Wireman, who used pigments, art paints, and glitter to create the finished look.
PopSugar Beauty also suggests using a waterless marbling technique — blending polishes together in a yogurt lid, letting them dry into a sheet of polish, and then cutting to fit each nail –to create a similar layered, swirled look.