The Look: This fierce, tribal-inspired design is the handiwork of New York City–based artist Tong, who showcases her work behind the scenes at photo shoots and fashion shows on her Tumblr (jessicatongnailart.tumblr.com).
How-To: Apply two coats of (1). Let dry. Paint a V-shape on the tip of each nail using (2), and allow to dry. Lay down an inverted V-stripe of (3) on each nail where the two base shades intersect, and allow to dry. Finish by using (4) to outline the white stripe and draw a zigzag through it, then fill in half the zigzag with tiny stripes.
1. CIRQUE Nail Lacquer in Erda, $13. 2. CIRQUE Nail Lacquer in Bejeweled, $15. 3. BUTTER LONDON Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, $15. 4. SALLY HANSEN Nail Art Pen in Black, $7.
The Look: The elaborate artwork this Los Angeles–based nail artist posts on her Tumblr (britneytokyo.tumblr.com) is often hard to replicate, but this matte, denim- inspired design is surprisingly easy for a nail-art novice.
How-To: Apply two coats of (1). Dip a sponge-tip eyeshadow applicator in (2), then lightly dab the color onto your nail a few times to create the stonewashed pattern. Repeat the technique using a clean applicator dipped in (3). Finish with a coat of (4).
1. ORLY Nail Lacquer in Snowcone, $9. 2. DIOR Vernis Nail Lacquer in Electric Blue, $24. 3. LAKUR BY LONDONTOWN Polish in Chelsea Porcelain, $22. 4. OPI Matte Top Coat, $9.