How do you make your manicure look like a million bucks? By designing it after a precious stone, of course! Opal nail art is the trendy new twist on blinged-out manicure, created to resemble the opulence of the precious stones. You can use a range of colours to make them, but to get it right, they need to have a vitreous, pearly, or waxy finish to really hit the point home. Opal nails are created by layering professional-grade gel tints, which can be difficult to get your hands on. This is why we are sharing some ideas you can bookmark and take to your nail tech instead. Check them out...

 

01. Rainbow opal

01. Rainbow opal

Image courtesy: @isabelmaynails

Starting off with this colour explosion, rainbow opal nail art will need 2-3 foil layers to recreate the iridescent effect you see on here. If you are a fan of textured polishes that ao mesmerising to look at, this is the one to pick!

 

02. Purple opal

02. Purple opal

Image courtesy: @nailsbyadeled

Purple opal stones are naturally occurring in nature and are actually among the many healing crystals you can place around your living space. If you are a believer in peace and tranquillity brought on by gemstones and need gorgeous nails that look like they have plucked from the sea, this one's for you!

 

03. Cloudy opal

03. Cloudy opal

Image courtesy: @hollierobinson_nails

Opal nails don’t always have to have a lot of deep pigments in them; they can be translucent as well. We love these cloud opal nails that are a mix of soft pastel hues, speckled and lined with some gold and finished with a milky look.

 

04. Opal dipped

04. Opal dipped

Image courtesy: @madelineelizabethx

We have spoken about half-dipped nails on here before, and while you can create clean lines with glossy polishes, opal nails are more fluid and abstract. This is because if you were to actually melt an opal stone and dip your nails in its crystalline texture, this is the design you will get!

 

05. Gold opal

05. Gold opal

Image courtesy: @polishedhairandbeauty

A list about rich looking opal nails cannot be completed without a mention of rich gold! Speckled and see-through with a glossy base to make it so minimally chic, this nail art exudes boss lady vibes, and we love it!