Bella Hadid's Manicure Kicked Off Her Birthday With Unexpected Nail Art
Your next nail art design is now on lock, courtesy of Bella Hadid. On Oct. 3, celebrity manicurist Mei Kawajiri — or, @NailsbyMei as she's known on Instagram — took to the platform to share a photo of Bella Hadid's new manicure. Created to kick off the star's Oct. 9 birthday celebrations, the new design is straight out of a '70s cartoon.
Eschewing typical autumn imagery, Hadid's nails instead feature a retro, glow-in-the-dark mushroom and floral design, painted on top of elongated French tips. The color palette is bright and playful — on just one thumb, the shrooms feature white and scarlet stalks, topped with teal and neon green caps. The cheery daisy designs were created with teal, yellow, red, and electric green, with some of the flowers overlapping the deep-set French tip. (And those tips look like they might be covered in an extra layer of shimmery silver glitter, judging by how they catch the light in the photos.)
"Happy Birthday Nails for @bellahadid," Kawajiri captioned the post, which featured three different shots of the psychedelic manicure, showing just how detailed the one-of-a-kind design is. The artist posted another close-up photo of Hadid's nails, as well, where you can see the texture and gloss of the teensy shrooms.
And while you might not be able to book Kawajiri for your next manicure, you can achieve a similar look just by using botanical nail art stickers, glow-in-the-dark nail polish, and 3D clay slices (more on that later, promise). Below, everything you need to easily recreate Hadid's birthday manicure, including tiny mushrooms and barely there glitter.
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Focus on building a flawless French manicure base before even thinking about the mushrooms and daisies. For those new to the tricky design, pick up ORLY's one-and-done kit, which features a top and bottom coat, the necessary nail colors, and shaped tip guides to keep the design smooth.
It's hard to tell, but it looks like Hadid's French tips might be finished in a low-key, pearl-toned glitter. For a similar look, try out OPI's Kyoto Pearl; the white sparkle on white polish will look incredibly chic.
Leave it to Etsy to deliver on hyper-specific nail art. These super-cute toadstools mirror the ones created by Kawajiri. Plus, since they're made out of clay, they'll give an extra 3D look to your design once you adhere them.
Finally, the pièce de résistance — lots and lots of flowers. Olive & June's sticker set features other similarly adorable designs as well, like cherries and hearts. So, go where inspiration takes you.
Once everything is locked in place, go back and touch up a few details with ORLY's Glow Up Top Effect, the nail brand's glow-in-the-dark finishing coat. According to the product description, the shade dries down with a "sheer milky appearance" when applied onto color, so use that to guide your own artistry.