The conversation is no longer just about nail polish, it’s about nail art. There are so many gorgeous trends doing the rounds right now that really bring your fingernails to life. We’ve picked five of our absolute favourites to share with you. The best part about each of them is that you can make the trend your own. There’s not much better than being completely on trend while still staying true to your personal style.


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This is a funky retro trend that has had its day in both home décor and clothing. It’s now making a welcome return to the forefront but this time, it’s on people’s nails. The great thing about this trend is that you can wear it in a way that suits your personality. Go for the colours that you love and find a way to mix and match them that’s quirky. This straightforward, pastel design by Nails by Chi Chi is gorgeously subtle but still eye-catching.


Want to go a little crazier with colour blocking? Go for a different design on each nail. There are several tools you can use to get your design just right, like nail art pens or stick-on guides.


TRY: Ciaté Paint Corrector Pen (R200, Foschini Beauty); Kiss Design Perfection Tip Guides (R64.95, Clicks) or The Body Shop Nail Art Pen (R85, Clicks).



This trend has been around for quite a while, but what makes it fresh and interesting is how the decal designs have been ramped up. There’s no limit on the incredible designs that are now available to buy. We just love what Sarcastic by Nature did with these animal print decals, turning a plain nail colour into something wild. Let your imagination run wild and create an incredible design of your own!


TRY: Essence nail decals (from R29.95, Red Square).




According to Elle magazine, one of the biggest trends to come out of the Spring/Summer 2018 fashion shows is note nails. Spell out whatever statement you want to make across your fingertips! You can spell out words – one letter per nail – or use punctuation and symbols to get your message across.


Before adding your decals, it’s important to ensure that your nails are properly dry. Once done, make sure you finish off the look with a good top coat.


TRY: Sorbet Quick Dry Spray 120ml (R69.95, Clicks); Revlon 60 Seconds Quick Dry Spray (R155.00, Red Square); Essie Nail Good to Go Top Coat (R149.95, Foschini Beauty) or Revlon Colorstay Gold Standard Top Coat (R155, Edgars).




Matte nails are an enduring style that has captured the hearts of many fashion icons and top designers. The best part about this style is that you can make any colour you want work in the trend – all you need is the right top coat!


TRY: Matt & More top coat from Catrice Cosmetics (R59.95, Red Square).




White tips on pink nails is so last season. The French manicure (AKA the granddaddy of all manicure styles) has a new look. You can choose any two – or more! – colours you want and create a gorgeous, sleek, sophisticated manicure – like the one by Hallo Pragtig, pictured here. Think black tips with bright red nails, or midnight blue that’s been tipped with sunshine yellow. The only limitation is your imagination!


TRY: Essence Tip Guides (R19.95, Red Square).



Use your RCS Card at any of the beauty specialists in the RCS Shopping Network to get the look. What? You don’t have an RCS Card? Don’t fret, you can get one via the easy online application so you can start shopping ASAP. You’ll also get up to 55 days interest free on every purchase and you can use it to access cash when you need it. Apply here!


* Prices were correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.