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While the red nail theory has been tried and tested, despite the results and the rabbit hole you can head into on TikTok, we’re loving red and the unexpected red movement for a different reason. In interior and wardrobe design, unexpected red has been seen as a way to make a statement, to stand out from the crowd and simply to add a touch of unexpected color to your go-to palette. And this season, we're leaning into the unexpected red when it comes to our nail art.

Unexpected Red Nails for Summer 2024

Red nails are a classic, a power move, a timeless symbol of confidence. But now is the time to take your red mani to the next level. Enter the world of Unexpected Red Nails, the hottest trend that's anything but predictable.

We all know the feeling of rocking a bold red manicure. It's a statement, a conversation starter, and an instant mood booster. But sometimes, you crave something a little different. Unexpected Red Nails is all about taking that classic red hue and injecting it with a dose of surprise.



How to Wear the Unexpected Red

The beauty of this trend lies in its versatility. Here are a few ways to embrace Unexpected Red Nails:

  • Texture Play: Ditch the creme finish and explore matte, metallic, or even holographic reds. A glittery accent nail adds instant intrigue.
  • Negative Space: Let your natural nail peek through with negative space designs. This creates a modern, minimalist look that still packs a punch with the red pops.
  • Unexpected Lengths: Who says red nails have to be long? Embrace the short nail trend with a bold red shade. It's chic, practical, and perfect for busy lifestyles.
  • Wearable Art: We absolutely love the nail art pictured above – created by Betina R. Goldstein. It offers a playful touch to a classic red manicure that everyone will surely be talking about. 
  • Mismatched Reds: Don't be afraid to play with different shades of red on each finger. This playful approach adds personality and lets you experiment with your inner artist.
  • Unexpected Accents: Take your red mani a step further with unexpected accents. Think geometric shapes, metallic stripes, or even tiny florals in contrasting colors.

The Unexpected Red Advantage

Unexpected Red Nails offers more than just a fresh look. Here's why you should give this trend a try:

  • Versatility: This trend adapts to any style, from edgy to elegant.
  • Confidence Booster: Red is inherently a confident color, and with the unexpected twist, it takes that feeling to a whole new level.
  • Self-Expression: Unexpected Red Nails allow you to showcase your personality and creativity through your manicure.

Shop Our Favorite Unexpected Reds

Manucurist Green Poppy Red Nail Polish

OPI Nail Lacquer, Big Apple Red

ILNP Cherry Luxe - Rich Red Holographic Nail Polish


Essie Rich Cherry Red, Not Red-Y For Bed


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