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GL turns 20: Our 20 fave nail ideas

One of our favorite obsessions is nail polish. After all, every fashionista knows her outfit is never complete without a totes fab manicure. And since it’s GL’s 20th birthday (woohoo!), we’re celebrating with a roundup of 20 of our fave manis you can do at home. What are you waiting for? Check it out!



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    1. Metallic Sharpie Mani

    OMG manicures never got so easy! If nail art brushes aren’t your thing, pick up a metallic Sharpie. Bonus: Your Sharpie design can be swiped off with water just like that.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    2. Black Magic Mani

    This mani is dark, daring and dotted. You’ll look sleek and stylin’ with these decked-out digits.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    3. Feather Mani

    This feather-inspired mani is perfect for back-to-school weather, and will look adorbs in any color.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    4. Geo Mani

    Make waves this summer with this pastel design. So bright and cheery, who’s ready for some fun?


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    5. Let it Snow Mani

    So it may be summer, but this snowflake mani is undeniably cute. Think winter thoughts on hot summer days.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    6. Bloomin’ Beautiful Mani

    Ahh, flowers on your tips. It’s springtime bliss without the pollen allergies.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    7. Star Spangled Mani

    This one’s perf for the Fourth of July! No doubt you’ll be the most patriotic one at the BBQ. #PartyInTheUSA


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    8. Confetti Inspired Mani

    It’s party time for your nails! Add loose glitter for an even more stylish look.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    9. Manis for the Nail Art Challenged

    OK, not everyone is a nail art master, sure. So here are tons of ways to make your nails look fab easy. Trust us!


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    10. Neon French Mani

    Is your style classic with a twist? Try this spin on the classic French mani with a pop of neon. Totes unexpected.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    11. Chic Chevron Mani

    Bottom line: This mani is as chic as can be. Chevron looks especially striking in dark colors with a flash of metallic trim.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    12. Cupcake Mani

    Everyone knows the way to a girl’s heart is through a cupcake. Watch this step-by-step video on how to get tasty treats on your fingertips.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    13. Firework Mani

    We love our Ravens. (GL HQ is based in Baltimore, after all.) Rock this purple, black and white firework design during football season.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    14. Ombre Mani

    Want to learn how to paint a perfect ombre? Here’s an easy tutorial that puts almost all your nail polishes to use.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    15. Punky Pastel Mani

    This mani says sassy and sweet. It’s the best of both worlds, babes.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    16. Chevron Stripes Mani

    Chevron is the trendiest print for nails, period. It's so in right now and won’t be going anywhere soon.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    17. Magnetic Mani

    What a fashionista! With this special polish, just wave a magnet over your freshly coated nails, and your mani will have a 3-D effect. So edgy.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    18. Half Moon Mani

    We’re obsessed with the half moon mani. It’s so fashion forward and looks fab in any two colors.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    19. Ombre Glitter Mani

    OK, actually this mani is the ultimate party on your nails. Ombre and glitter? Can’t get any glammer than that!


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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    20. Nail Caviar

    We may have been saving the best for last. With a careful sprinkle of these micro-beads on your nails, you’ll prove manicures aren’t simply nail polish, but a true fashion statement.


    Get the tutorial HERE.

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Let’s be honest: All of these mani’s are fab, but which mani are you dying to try? Let us know in the comments below.






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