June 4, 2023

While nail art has always been a thing, it’s undeniable that the reopening of nail salons earlier this year recaptured our imagination when it came to experimenting with our manicures. Basic nail colours were pushed aside in favour of vibrant blues, cute pastels and glitter while a penchant for prints (I’m talking everything from cow to colourful French tips) gave way to a summer of covetable nail micro-trends. And as for the nail trends that will be seeing us through the autumn and winter months? Well, there’s one, in particular, that’s dominating my Saved folder on Instagram right now: retro ’70s prints.

Yes, I’m talking psychedelic swirls, clashing colour palettes, flower prints and pops of brown. When it comes to nails, there is no doubt that the ’70s are back. Ahead, I’ve rounded up 10 of my favourite nail art looks inspired by the era—and the polishes that you need to re-create them at home.

1. Yin and Yang

'70s Nail Art: Yin and Yang

How cool is this marbled green-and-orange mani with monochrome petals flourishing at the edes? 

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