insta files friday: badass nail artists

tough as nails.

Photo via @stephstonenails on Instagram

Whether you've mastered the art of the perfectly polished mani or your talons look like they were painted by a five-year-old, you've got to admit, scrolling through endless photos of picture-perfect nails provides some serious inspiration. Creating wild designs for friends, celebrities, and high fashion clients, nail artists prove themselves to be creative masterminds when given a couple bottles of polish and the right tools. There's no argument that their creations are anything short of art—and we can't get enough.

The sky is the limit for these 10 nail artists—think intricate illustrations, fun gems, and crazy-cool patterns. Forget the French manicure and the basic nail. Our new favorite nail designers to follow on Instagram have us seeing color and design in a whole new light. Flip through the gallery for some major mani inspo.

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