Live your life/do your nails however you want, but just know that, at any given moment in time, there are just some looks that feel inherently...not right. Ahead, we ID five trends that have had their moment along with five modern ways to still (low-key) do them. We know—but isn't life all about contradictions?

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Square tips

And these aren't even the truly tragic duckbill kind. *shudders thinking about the high rip potential* Fashion's been moving toward a rounder/squoval shape for some time now, which 9.75 times out of 10 looks much nicer than having miniature flippers protruding from your fingers. Madeline Poole knows—that's her work above.

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French manicures

You know. I know. Yet, in the hierarchy of Offensive Nails, this isn't even that bad as long as they're not too long and/or fake. But if you really want to push the envelope, think more negative space, less John Hughes mom, à la Hannah Bronfman (pictured). Contrasting colors beyond the traditional blush and white work too.

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Adhesives

Decals yes, cutting and shaping and pressing out all the air bubbles no. When the alternative takes 20 seconds per hand, why would you go through all the trouble?

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Accent nails

This one's only a semi-no because, IDK, there seems to be a deep, intrinsic fascination with making just one nail different than all the rest. I am fine with that if it is more considered than the 3-D RHINESTONE CROSSES of yesteryear. Inverted colors or subtle gold studs, like in this Vanity Projects look, are 👌.

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OTT nail art

No more dangly, super puffy things vs. all the textures, colors, patterns your heart desires. It's that simple.

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