An example of the power of an ornate accent nail with neutrals / photo courtesy of @astrowifey
Chicago-based freelance manicurist Ashley Crowe, known to fans as AstroWifey, kicked off her nail artistry career in 2008, and has since grown an enormous following (26K+ on Instagram at the moment). One look at her feed and it’s no wonder: whether doing a design inspired by fashion, sports, pop art or just dreaming up her own abstract, intricate designs, her work is as original and detailed as it comes. Crowe was an early influencer in the nail art sphere—in 2012 she founded Tipsy Zine, the first magazine dedicated to the topic in the United States (now Tipsy boasts an international readership). She’s also appeared in the industry mag Scratch, the documentary NAILgasm, and been written up by Refinery29 and Allure.com (among others) as one of the top nail artists to follow. If you’re among the uninitiated, scroll through to see some of our favorite AstroWifey designs, and get ready to obsess!
Ashley Crowe aka AstroWifey
Crazy for constellations: AstroWifey’s celestial take on a dark glitter mani / photo courtesy of astrowifey.tumblr.com
A design inspired by a vintage china print proves two colors can have major impact / photo courtesy of @astrowifey
A tribute to the ubiquitous “Eye” motif made famous on tees and sweatshirts from Paris fashion house Kenzo / photo courtesy of @astrowifey
Tribal motifs, metallics, glitter, neons, ombre come together effortlessly and beautifully in this multi-color mani / photo courtesy of @astrowifey
Neons, neutrals, a hint of white, and an almond shape feels so on-point for summer in this June 2014 look / photo courtesy of @astrowifey