In this age of social media where phone cameras have almost become an appendage, Instagram-ready nails are sweeping through fashion circles. Case in point: The on-trend minimalist #mattenails currently flooding our feed. Here, we round up some of the coolest.

#1: Classic French

Who says you can’t improve on a classic? Especially with this sleek combination of dark grey and an eye-popping metallic. Pair them minimalist, pared down work outfits.

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✨✨ matte vs. chrome ✨✨

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#2: Centred line

Nothing says summer quite like sipping on a margarita in chic beachwear. Complete the look with a neatly manicured nail in sea-blue tone, with a nautical-inspired line drawn at the centre.

#3: Water droplets

What happens when you combine three trending nail looks – minimalist, nude, and wet.

#4: Full moon

If you’re a fan of YouTube beauty guru Michelle Phan’s curated moodboard of dreamy Instagram snaps (@michellephan), you’ll love this. The moon-like cosmic circles paired with a soft lavender creates the perfect statement nail.

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lavender moons for @niko_elizabeth 💅💜🌕😘

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#5: Abstract

Like miniature Kandinsky artworks, this sophisticated design adds a touch of cool to otherwise plain monochrome outfits.

#6:  Negative space

If you’re feeling lazy, this look allows you to get away with not painting your whole nail. Eye-catching and graphic, stack on a bunch of minimalist rings for a more polished look.

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#minimalnails #negativespacenails #unismani

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#7: Halo effect

We can’t get enough of the halo shape. Minimalist + artsy + bold = on-trend perfection.

#8: Glossy accent

A refreshing take on using a single colour: a glossy base (in the same hue) for instant glam.

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Main Image: Madeline Poole & Paintbox Instagram