20 Back-to-School Nails That Are Super Pretty (and Not at All Cheesy)

20 Back-to-School Nails That Are Super Pretty (and Not at All Cheesy)

Okay, I'm of the belief that there's never a bad time to treat yourself to a fresh manicure. That said, if I had to pick my favorite occasion for trying a cute new nail trend, it would definitely be the back-to-school season. Think about it: Showing up to the first day of class—even if that's on Zoom—with a bomb-ass manicure is an easy way to feel confident as all hell. And thanks to the fact that there are so many pretty DIY ideas out there right now, you don't even have to book an appointment at a salon if you don't want to or don't feel ready to.

And to prove it to ya, I went ahead and found the 20 coolest back-to-school nail ideas of all time, including gradient manicures, stick-on designs, and even a few statement-making picks that'll look excellent on your Instagram feed. Don't forget to screenshot your favorites, k?


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Need a reason to get stoked for the new semester? Right this way.