Gina Vaynshteyn
Updated Jul 08, 2016 @ 1:53 pm

My nails are always done. If you see me with barren nails, then you KNOW something is wrong. I love accent nails, reverse French manicures, glitter, half-moons, negative space — give me ALL THE NAIL DESIGNS.

But sometimes I walk into a nail salon and totally blank when the technician hands me the ring of gel color options. Do I go with gold glitter French tips? Do I experiment with a chevron design? THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS. If you’re like me and need some nail inspo, stat, here are some options that are creative but not crazy over-the-top.

Triangle moons

Subtle dots


One chevron, one ombré

Slanted French mani

Mod nails

Black, deep French

White polka-dots

Geometric nails

Color vs. negative space

Neutral half moons

Negative space and black streak (donut optional)


Glitter accent nail

Off-to-the-side stripe

Gray with a white border

Alternating stripes