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A Multicolored Mani To Match Your Aura — A Top 2021 Nail Trend

Alexandra Engler
mbg Beauty Director By Alexandra Engler
mbg Beauty Director
Alexandra Engler is the Beauty Director. Previously she worked at Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and
Woman Manicuring Her Nails in Multiple Colors

Multicolored manicures—you know when you paint each nail a different color—are making a roaring comeback from your childhood. Seriously, do a quick search on Instagram and you'll get loads of inspiration. 

Eager to give it a go now? Well, there are plenty of easy ways to do it: You can get playful and sport a rainbow concoction of whatever shades you have around. You can add an air of creative sophistication and keep the tones muted and subtle. You can stick to complementary color palettes, so even if the hues are different—it still feels cohesive. 

Or, match your look to your aura—because, well, why not. 

Try this: a multicolored mani for your aura. 

Since the gist of the mani is pretty simple—you know, just paint your nails different colors—it comes down to execution. By this we mean you'll want to prep your nails for a clean, polished mani. 

Clean, trim, buff, and file the nail (if you're curious about your nail shape, we recommend mirroring your cuticle shape, which will give you the most natural look). Then, when you go in to paint, follow this tip from celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann: "Place the brush about an eighth-inch away from the cuticle. As soon as you see the polish flow, pull the brush straight down the center to the tip. Your nails get a bit wider at the side, so apply a little more pressure and let the bristles fan out. The next thing is to cap the nail. To do this, take the very tip of your brush and swipe it across the very tip of your nail, and that will keep your polish on for days longer." If you need a refresher on DIY manicures, head over to our full guide

Now, since our focus is matching your aura, you'll also need to figure that out. Of course, you can get it read professionally, but you can also hop over to our aura quiz to narrow yours down. Once you've done that, take our suggestions below for clean, free-from polishes:

Polishes for a red aura:

cote nail polish

Côte Nail Polish No. 34

manicurist green nail polish

Manicurist Green Nail Polish In Red Cherry

sundays nail polish no. 13

sundays Nail Polish No. 13


Polishes for an orange aura:

& other stories nail polish

& Other Stories Nail Polish In Guéliz Hour

olive & june nail polish

Olive & June Nail Polish Sweet & Gracious

Flora 1761 Nail Polish

Flora 1761 Nail Lacquer In Snap Dragon


Polishes for a yellow aura:

Habit Nail Polish

Habit Non-Toxic & Vegan Nail Polish in 24 Cavalier

deborah lippmann nail polish

Deborah Nail Polish in Walking On Sunshine

JinSoon nail polish

Jin Soon nail polish in Charme


Polishes for a green & pink aura:

pacifica nail polish

Pacificia 7-Free Nail Polish

10 free chemistry nail polish

10 Free Chemistry Nail Polish in Bell Vine

J.Hannah nail polish

J.Hannah Artichoke


Polishes for a blue aura:

smith & cult nail polish

Smith & Cult Nail Polish In Kings & Thieves

tenoverten nail polish

tenoverten Nail Polish in Commerce

orosa pure cover nail polish

Orosa Pure Cover Nail Paint in Jeté


Polishes for a purple aura:

LVX nail polish

LVX Nail Polish Reine

butter london nail polish

Butter London Fancy Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer

XX Base Coat

XX Base Coat in Vixen


Polishes for a white aura:

sally hansen nail polish

Sally Hansen Good Kind Pure Nail Polish in White Tea

deborah lippmann nail polish

Deborah Lippmann nail polish in Delicate

taupe coat nail polish

Taupe Coat nail polish in Perfection


Polishes for a black aura:

ella + mila nail polish

ella + mila Nail Polish in Lights Out

butter london earl grey

Butter London Earl Grey Patent Shine 10x™ Mini Nail Lacquer

static nails polish

Static Nails Liquid Glass Lacquer In Bohemian Blue

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