Happy Face Nails

Happy face nails are growing on us. When we see them, we can’t help but smile. And trust us, they’re everywhere. From nail techs to quirky, eccentric fashion influencers, we’ve seen everyone wearing them. Here are a few of our favorite happy face nails.

How cute are these nails from @naileditbeauty? For her happy face nails, @naileditbeauty used Double Denim, Hubba Bubba, Clueless, Central Perk, Carries Cosmo from The GelBottle Inc.

Happy Face Nails
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This pic from @bykristieee is so cute! We had to include it in our list. To copy her style, you’ll need nude, pink, yellow, black and blue nail polishes and a liner brush. First, use a nude nail color as your base. Use a liner brush and pink nail polish to paint your tips on one hand. Then use the liner brush and blue nail polish to paint your other hand. You could skip the hard stuff, buy smiley-face nail decals and call it a day. You can find nail decals on Etsy or in some big-chain stores such as Target. But if you’re feeling artsy, then, by all means, try painting the smiley faces by hand. Use yellow nail polish and a dotting tool to draw the face. Then, use a liner brush to create the eyes and smile. Last, use clear nail polish.

Happy Face Nails
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These nails from @nailsbyalsn have a little bit of everything–checkerboards and smiley faces. For her nails, @nailsbyalsn used Le Mini Macaron’s Fairy Floss. To copy her look, you’ll need pale and hot pink nail polishes and a liner brush. First, paint your nails using pale pink nail polish. Then use the liner brush and hot pink polish to outline your checkerboard pattern. Fill in every other square with hot pink polish. Use the liner brush and hot pink polish to create a happy face on your index finger. You can also use a dotting tool to make the eyes. Finally, top it off with clear polish.

Happy Face Nails
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X Smiley Face Nails

X Smiley Face Nails
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Flower Nails

If you’ve read our blog post Fashion Girls Love This Nail Trend—And You Will Too, then you know we love flower nails. And we’re not the only ones. From nail techs to fashion girls, everyone is obsessed with flower nails. Here are a few that are sure to put a smile on your face.

We love these flower nails from @naileditbeauty. She used Hubba Bubba, Blue Fin, Carries Cosmo, Purple Majesty, Double Denim, Clueless, Peach Sorbet and Brush and Go Gel G002. The nail colors are from The GelBottle Inc, Glossify, and Brillbird UK. To copy her style, nude, pink, purple, orange, blue, green, yellow, and black polishes, liner brush, and a dotting tool. For your base, use nude polish. To draw the flower petals, use a liner brush or dotting tool. To draw the center of the flower, use yellow nail polish and a dotting tool. To draw a happy face, use a liner brush and black polish. Last, use clear polish.

Flower Nails
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How cute are these flower nails from @kuypernailart?

Flower Nails
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For her flower nails, @naileditbeauty used Hubba Bubba, Blue Fin, Carries Cosmo, Purple Majesty, Double Denim, Clueless, and Jet Black. All nail colors are from The GelBottle Inc. To copy her style, nude, pink, purple, orange, blue, yellow, and black polishes, liner brush, and a dotting tool. Use nude polish as your base. Use a liner brush or dotting tool to draw the flower petals. Use yellow nail polish and a dotting tool to draw the center of the flower. Use a liner brush and black polish to draw a smiley face. Top off your flower nails with clear polish.

Flower Nails
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Groovy Nails

We’ll give Kylie Jenner credit. Everything she wears goes viral thanks to her celeb status. Her nails are no exception. Kylie posted her nail set on Instagram with the caption Groovy and voila! That’s how the groovy nails trend started. Our Instagram feed is full of nail artists’ recreations of the look.

We love these groovy nails from @__ivy.beauty__. To dupe her style, you’ll need a bunch of nail colors and a liner brush. Using colored nail polish, paint your tips. Change up which nail color you use for each tip. Use the nail polishes and liner brush to create a groovy pattern. Finally, use clear polish to finish it off.

Groovy Nails
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This style works on short nails too. @nailsbyelisha_ shows us how. For her groovy nails, she used Madonna, Marilyn, Elderflower, Bluefin and Pastel V101. All nail colors are from The GelBottle Inc. To copy her style, you’ll need a bunch of colorful nail polishes and a liner brush. Paint your tips using colored nail polish. Use a different color on each tip. Use the nail polishes and liner brush to create a groovy pattern. Last, top it off with clear polish.

Groovy Nails
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Mix and Match Nails

Why wear one trend when you wear them all? Enter mix and match nails, the microcosm of nail trends such as animal print, flowers, smiley faces, and polka dot nails. Here are a few of our favorite mix and match nails. Save these for your next nail appointment!

These mix and match nails from are so cute! For her nails, @naileditbeauty used Carries Cosmo, Blue Marine, Blue Wave, and Hyacinth from The Gel Bottle Inc and Glossify. These nails are five trends in one–flowers, polka dots, smiley faces, cow print, and a groovy print. To copy her style, use nude pink polish as your base. For the flower nail, use blue nail polish and a liner or dotting tool to create the flower petals. Then use the dotting tool and pink polish to create the center of the flower. For the polka-dot nail, paint the tip with pink polish. Then use light pink polish and a dotting tool to draw dots on and around your tip. Then use light purple polish and a dotting tool to draw the rest of the dots. For the cow print, paint the tip with white polish. With a liner brush, pink and purple polishes, create cow print spots. For the groovy print, paint your tip using white nail polish. Use the pink and blue nail polishes and liner brush to create a groovy pattern.

Mix and Match Nails
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All the hottest nail trends in one. That’s what @gelsbybry did. Her mix and match nails features cow, crocodile, yin and yang, polka dot, and groovy prints. For her nails, she used The GelBottle Inc’s Marilyn, Daisy, Gilly and BIAB 19.

Mix and Match Nails
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@naileditbeauty‘s mix and match nails features cow print, flowers, smiley faces, fruit and rainbow drip. For her nails, she used March, Gerbera, Audrey, Queen Bee, Kale, and Daisy from The GelBottle Inc. For the flower, use pink nail polish and a liner or dotting tool to create the flower petals. You can use a nail sticker for the smiley face or paint it by hand. To paint it by hand, use the dotting tool and yellow polish to create the center of the flower. Then use a liner tool and black polish to draw a smiley face. For the cow print, paint the tip with white polish. With a liner brush, light and dark pink polishes, create cow print spots. For the smiley-face nail, we suggest using smiley-face nail stickers.

Mix and Match Nails
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Smiley faces, polka dots, flowers, cows, and cherries? Yes, please! For her nails, she used BIAB 19, Central Perk, Gilly, Carrie’s Cosmo, Bluefin, Papaya and Daisy from The GelBottle Inc. To copy her nails, you’ll need nude, black, white, and colorful polishes, a liner brush, and a dotting tool. Use nude polish as your base. For the cow print, paint the tip with white polish. With a liner brush and black polish, create cow print spots. For the flower, use blue nail polish and a liner or dotting tool to create the flower petals. Then use the dotting tool and pink polish to create the center of the flower. For the polka-dot nail, paint the tip with light pink polish. Then use dark pink polish and a dotting tool to draw dots on and around your tip. Then use neon green polish and a dotting tool to draw the rest of the dots. For the smiley-face nail, we suggest using a decal or nail sticker.

Mix and Match Nails
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Cow Nail Designs

We love cow nail designs. They’re not as popular among influencers, but nail artists seem to love them. Here are a few of our favorite cow nail designs.

We love this cow nail design by @naileditbeauty. For her nails, she used Glossify’s Tulip and The GelBottle Inc’s Gerbera and Carries Cosmo. To copy her nails, you’ll need nude, light pink, and dark pink polishes and a liner brush. Use nude polish as your base. For the cow print, paint the tip with white polish. With light and dark pink polishes and a liner brush, create cow print spots.

Cow Nail Designs
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How cute is this cow nail design by @naileditbeauty? For her nails, she used Brillbird’s G001 and G025 and The GelBottle Inc’s Queen Bee and Carries Cosmo. To copy her look, you’ll need nude, white, yellow, light pink, and blue polishes, a dotting tool, and a liner brush. Use nude polish as your base. For the cow print, paint the tip with white polish. With blue polish and a liner brush, create cow print spots. For the flowers, use pink nail polish and a dotting tool to create the flower petals. Then use the dotting tool and yellow polish to create the center of the flower.

Cow Nail Designs
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French manicures and cow nail designs are always a good idea. Case in point, these nails by @natalieholtnailartist. For her nails, she used The GelBottle Inc’s Daisy and Marilyn. To copy her nails, you’ll need nude, pink and white polishes, and a liner brush. Use nude polish as your base. For the cow print, paint the tip with white polish. With a liner brush and pink polish, create cow print spots.

Cow Nail Designs
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Grid Nails

Grid nails are still a micro trend at this point. They’re popular more so among nail artists than influencers. Despite that, grid nails still have a special place in our hearts. Here are a few of our favorites.

How cute are these grid nails from @naileditbeauty? For her nails, she used The GelBottle Inc’s Daisy, Queen Bee, and Blue Wave. To copy her nails, you’ll need nude, purple, yellow and white polishes, and a liner brush. Use nude polish as your base. For the grid print, paint lines with purple and yellow polishes. For the flower, use white nail polish and a liner brush to create the flower petals. Then use the dotting tool and yellow polish to create the center of the flower.

Grid Nails
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For these grid nails, you’ll need a handful of neon polishes, a liner brush, and clear top coat. For the grid print, paint horizontal and vertical lines with neon polishes. Use a different color for each nail. Last, use clear polish.

Grid Nails
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Yin and Yang Nails

We love these yin and yang nails from @peachinails. To copy the look, you’ll need light and dark purple polishes, light and dark orange polishes, a liner brush, and a dotting tool. For the yin and yang pattern, use dark purple polish and a liner brush to draw a wavy line down the middle of your nail. Fill in one side with dark purple nail polish and the other side with light purple. Then use the dotting tool and light purple polish to draw a dot inside the dark purple side. Use the dotting tool and dark purple polish to draw a dot inside the light purple side. Repeat the steps on your other hand with light and dark orange polishes. Voila! Your yin and yang nails are complete.

Yin and Yang Nails
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Checkerboard Nails

Checkerboard nails with a little bit of drip! To copy these nails, you’ll need a bunch of nail colors and a liner brush. Use the liner brush and dark orange polish to draw horizontal and vertical lines. Fill in every other square with dark orange polish. Fill in the remaining squares with light orange polish. Repeat the steps on your other fingers with green, blue, red, and yellow polishes.

Checkerboard Nails
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Don’t these cute checkerboard nails from @pop_polished put a smile on your face? To copy this look, you’ll need blue and yellow nail polishes and a liner brush. Paint your thumb, index, and pinky fingers yellow. Use the liner brush and yellow nail polish to draw a smiley face on your middle finger. Use the liner brush and yellow polish to draw horizontal and vertical lines. Fill in every other square with yellow polish. Fill in the remaining squares with blue polish. Repeat the steps on your other hand with blue polish.

Checkerboard Nails
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Checkerboard Nails
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Tie Dye Nails

How cool are these tie dye nails from @cristinainisro?

Tie Dye Nails
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Rainbow Nails

These rainbow nails from are so cute. For her nails, @naileditbeauty used Hotlips, Rave On, Flashing Lights, Central Perk, Michelle, Purple Margarita, and Gerbera. All polishes are from The GelBottle Inc. To copy her rainbow nails, you’ll need a nude nail color, a bunch of colorful nail polishes, and a liner brush. Use nude polish as your base. Using colored nail polish, paint your tips. Change up which nail color you use for each tip. Use the nail polishes and liner brush to create tiny hearts on each nail. Last, apply clear polish.

Rainbow Nails
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Drip Nails

We just talked about rainbow nails. Now, how about rainbow drip? It’s cool, right? For her nails, @naileditbeauty used Hotlips, Rave On, Flashing Lights, Central Perk, Michelle, Purple Margarita, and Gerbera. All polishes are from The GelBottle Inc. To copy her drip nails, you’ll need a nude nail color, a bunch of colorful nail polishes, and a liner brush. Use nude polish as your base. Then use a liner brush and colored nail polishes to layer on your drip. Finally, apply clear polish.

Drip Nails
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These drip nails are so girly and cute. For her nails, @naileditbeauty used Blue Wave, Madam, Carries Cosmo, and Gerbera. All polishes are from The GelBottle Inc. To copy her drip nails, you’ll need a nude nail color, white, purple, light and dark pink polishes, and a liner brush. Use nude polish as your base. Then use a liner brush and polishes to draw the drip effect. Finally, apply clear polish.

Drip Nails
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Heart Nails

How cute are these heart nails from @naileditbeauty? For her nails, she used Hubba Hubba, Rave On, Madam, Central Perk, Queen Bee, Flashing Lights from The GelBottle Inc. She also used Hyacinth, Barbie, Keylime from Glossify. To copy this look, you’ll need a bunch of colorful nail polishes and a liner brush. Paint your tips using colored nail polish. Switch which nail color you use for each tip. Use the nail polishes and liner brush or dotting tool to draw hearts on each nail. Finally, apply clear polish.

Heart Nails
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We LOVE these heart nails by @nailsbyheathere. To copy this look, you’ll need a nude nail color, white, light and dark pink polishes, and a liner brush. Use nude polish as your base. Then use a liner brush and pink polishes to draw the hearts and waves on each nail. Finally, apply clear polish.

Heart Nails
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Comme Des Garcons Nails

Based on the fashion label, Comme des Garcons nails have become a trend. Nail techs seem to love Comme des Garcons nails. Here are a few of the ones we spotted.

How adorable are these Comme des Garcons nails from @nailsbyheathere?

Comme Des Garcon Nails
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These nails by @gelsbybry are also cute. For her nails, she used August and BIAB 19 from The GelBottle Inc.

Comme Des Garcon Nails
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We love @__ivy.beauty__‘s version of Comme des Garcons nails. For this look, she used Candy, Daisy, Jet Black and BIAB 18 from The GelBottle Inc.

Comme Des Garcon Nails
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Fire Nails

We’ve talked about fire nails a lot on this blog, so of course, we included them on this list. You can read our other blog post about fire nails here.

We love these fire nails by @juliedidthem_. To copy her fire nails, you’ll need a black and a bunch of colorful nail polishes, and a liner brush. Paint your tips with black polish. Use the liner brush and colored polish to create a fire pattern. Use a different color for each nail. Last, apply clear polish.

Fire Nails
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Which nail design is the cutest? Let us know in the comments.