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9 Patent Leather Manicures For The Ultimate Anti-Soft Girl Look

Say goodbye to glazed.

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Whether you prefer rich ebony or bright shades, patent leather nails are one of 2023's easiest trends to recreate. Characterized by a solid color finished with a high-gloss topcoat, they have a wet look that's the epitome of cool. Here are nine looks guaranteed to spice up your next manicure.

Red Patent Leather

The beauty of this classic color is its versatility. Regardless of skin tone, nail length, or shape, there's no denying its ability to make a statement. With a candy-coated finish, the shade feels even more powerful.

Stiletto Patent Leather Nails

Stiletto nails are a favorite among celebrities like Cardi B. If you've been itching to try the exaggerated shape, a glossy deep blue manicure is the perfect balance between edgy and sophisticated.

Vivid Clementine

Bold orange hues give patent leather nails a vibrant punch that's perfect for summer. Plus, the intensity of the color is great for medium-length natural nails, and even a matching pedicure.

Square Patent Leather

Vampy colors, like a deep navy, are the crème de la crème for patent leather nails. However, if long nails just aren't your thing, opt for a gel manicure with a short square shape.

Tortoiseshell Accents

While this trend is rooted in opaque polished nails, a shiny tortoiseshell design accompanies a solid black manicure with ease. If you usually stick to almond shapes, try shaking up your routine with this alluring look.

Negative Space

This asymmetrical design offers a contemporary approach to the trend and is easy to wear on any nail length. With a high-gloss finish, the white polish has a shiny vinyl look that contrasts nicely with the negative space of the design.

Coffee & Caramel

Varying colors of coffee and caramel look luxe when paired with a super shiny topcoat. For the best look, try selecting brown shades that match your skin's natural undertones.

Medium-Length Magenta

The blend of cosmic colors, like pink and deep magenta, makes the perfect backdrop for a high-gloss finish.

Short & Simple

Keep things simple with a sleek and shiny jet-black manicure. For dark colors like this, prioritizing your cuticles will ensure the final look is flawless and eye-catching.


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