Eclectic Spring 2020 Nail Trends to Try Now

Take a note from the spring runway shows to learn how to stay ahead of the style curve without sacrificing your personal style.
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Spring is coming, which means it's time to try out some new beauty looks. And what better place to look for inspiration than fashion week? The Spring 2020 runways were full of exciting concepts to match the wildly creative looks from many top collections, from Euphoria-style colored eyeliner to colored wigs at Jeremy Scott to the exaggerated Twiggy lashes that showed up alongside some of Marc Jacobs' unapologetically fun and over-the-top creations. But in addition to all the fun of hair and makeup, Spring 2020 nail trends were making their mark, proving to be a platform of creativity for the new decade.

From Scott to Gucci to Marine Serre, we saw a lot of different Spring 2020 nail trends throughout the shows, but each nonetheless beautifully complemented the accompanying collection's aesthetic. From this, it's evident that just like fashion as a whole, manicure trends are embracing an eclectic portfolio that will fit a mix of minimalist, maximalist, fanciful, and edgy aesthetics as the world in some of the first warm days of the decade.

While we may be spending the start of the season stuck at home, the good news is that means more time to experiment with your nail look as you come up with activities to pass the time. Take inspiration from the below Spring 2020 nail trends, which will provide a necessary dose of optimism whether you prefer bold color, clean minimalism, or something in between.

Jeremy Scott

Bright and busy, this Spring 2020 nail trend screams Jeremy Scott. The LA-based designer always has fun with his collections, and this season his philosophy has caught on with collections across the board that worry less about being serious. This type of design may be difficult to perfectly recreate on your own, but nail stickers or booking an appointment are surefire ways to embrace the colorful patterns that enhanced the models' intergalactic ensembles.

Kate Spade

The manicures at Kate Spade's influencer-filled Sprig 2020 show were simple, but they provided a stunning and classic inspiration for the new season. Each nail color matched the accent colors of the designs models were wearing, which might be an obvious choice but is a foolproof way to complete a look.


Khaite's spring show was an eclectic selection of modern, decadent country dressing. To accompany the clothing's wild mix of pattern and texture, models showed off a natural take on Spring 2020 nail trends, with just a top coat to add a finished shine. Balance is everything, so if you're trying out of the season's bolder fashion or beauty trends, a more lowkey approach to nails may be the perfect way to complement it.


Kith went subtle with the nail art for their latest runway. The brand's designs are reminiscent of streetwear and athleisure, so fitting to tendencies within that lifestyle, most of the models didn't have anything on their nails. Those who did showed off stripes of white at their cuticles, with a matte topcoat to remove any distracting shine. In modern times, it would definitely be captivating to wear a glam manicure with your joggers, but if you want to keep it casual, this Spring 2020 nail trend is a breeze to recreate.

Rag & Bone

Rag & Bone kept it simple with a black base, subtly accompanying their star-studded runway return full of rich hues and street-ready tailoring. While embracing the versatile power of black may be the most common thing in fashion, the white dots at the cuticle manage to grab attention without being overpowering.

Ulla Johnson

In a fascinating coincidence, Ulla Johnson built on the Spring 2020 nail trend visible at Kith, just in an opposite color. Black stripes curve along the top and sides of the nail, with a nude base creating simple class.

Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya

Zendaya's empowering, performance-filled collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger took inspiration from 1970s styles of power dressing. To complete the look, this model wore her nails long, which was popular in the '70s, but kept the color neutral. Pair your power suit with some nude claws and feel your confidence grow exponentially.

Roland Mouret

The French designer, who is a favorite of celebrities like Blake Lively and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, presented a New York-inspired, sustainability-focused collection this season, prioritizing personal style above trends in an array of optimistic, uptown-meets-downtown pieces. The Spring 2020 nail look provided a lively complement with wave patterns to match the colorful jewelry.

Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha's collection explored the St. Stephen's Day adventures of the Irish wren boys, highlighting their masculine playfulness as well as the heirlooms of the houses whose doors they knock on. A large part of this heritage quality was embroidering pearls onto dresses, shoes and hair accessories, and in a minimalistic yet decadent detail, these also made their way onto the tips of nails.


Alessandro Michele marked a new era this season at Gucci, provocatively showing a set of models in straitjackets before launching into the show's actual wares: a diverse collection that showed plenty of individuality but swapped quirkiness and pattern mixing for color blocking and an artsy sensuality. Keeping these futuristic elements in mind, the Spring 2020 nail look featured contrasting colors with tiny hoops.

Saint Laurent

Anthony Vaccarello celebrated Saint Laurent's signature Rive Gauche style for Spring 2020, blending flowing silhouettes with tailoring and playing on this season's '70s trend with bohemian prints. Deep red, a bold classic in the sea of nail polish colors, was the perfect way to complete the look.

Marine Serre

Marine Serre's show conceptualized outfits for the apocalypse, using a lighter dose of her signature moon prints and a tidal wave of black to emphasize her point as much closer to the reality of climate change than one may initially think. No manicure was going to drive the point home like a long and pointy take on Spring 2020 nail trends, which has become popular on the likes of Cardi B but gets a bold new meaning alongside the designer's realistic dystopian concept. 


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