Borderline: Outlined Nail Art


There’s a new nail look in town, and it gives a French tip a rounded run for its money. Call it an outline, a halo, or a contour—at its most basic, the technique extends a French tip all the way around the nail bed, creating a stark, yet interesting colorblock effect. And similar to today’s creative French manicures, the color combos span infinity! Check out these three border-breaking favorites.


Simple, sexy, cool. This precise, black and white-rimmed creation oozes sophisticated chic. Bravo to Jahtna for a steady hand and edgy onyx accessories to match.


As if we needed another excuse to love summer’s neon nail trend, Zoe contours her nail bed with an acid yellow. Cleverly, she balances the shocking highlighter hue with a mellow graphite gray.


This cotton candy mani is sweet as sugar! With glitter and rhinestones in the mix, we appreciate how Brittney kept her pastel outlines to the index and pinkie fingers.