The only Instagram account you need to follow for cool nail art trends

The only Instagram account you need to follow for cool nail art trends

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Text: Renée Batchelor

Image: Instagram: @aliciatnails ; Tumblr: Nails by Alicia Torello

If you haven't heard of nail artist Alicia Torello, you should remember that name. The owner of New York's Fantasy Nail Salon and manicurist to the stars is singlehandedly dreaming up the chic nail art that is setting the trends today

We first chanced upon Alicia Torello when our sister kept sending us pictures of her nail arts. Dots, lines, half moons, all done on half-bare nails were her signature and her simple yet refined patterns were something that we instantly adored and kept bringing to our own manicurist. Like an antidote to the tacky, blinged-out and frankly, tired nail art that we had seen in the past 10 years, Torello's chic negative space designs and minimalist manicures celebrated the beauty of the bare nail and uses a calming, modern palette of colours. Besides running Fantasy Nail Salon in New York, Torello is known for being a manicurist to the stars — clients include Jennifer Lawrence and Kendall Jenner who she has done work for on editorial shoots and magazine covers. She was also responsible for creating some of the coolest nail art trends that we saw on the SS18 runways, including the looks at Creatures of Comfort and 3.1 Phillip Lim.

Well, unfortunately unless you're a celebrity or planning a jaunt to New York anytime soon, it's unlikely you will be able to have Torello's magic hands work on your next manicure. What you can do? Check out 10 of her best nail art ideas from her Instagram account and take inspiration from her unique, inventive ideas, clever twists and inspired colour combinations. You're welcome.