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5 Mixed Mani Trends You Need To Try



Does anyone still stick to one color on their nails anymore? Didn’t think so. Mixed manis are trending right now and, personally, I love the look. Nail polish is such a great, safe way to express yourself. You can really flaunt your creativity with your nail art, so why not cop a creative pattern on your mixed mani? As cute as the statement nail trend is, it’s not exactly original at this point. Give one of these variations a try the next time you decide to paint your nails.

The middle finger mani: Middle fingers up, yo. Not really though. The ‘middle-finger-mani’ is the perfectionist’s dream: A symmetrical version of the accented ring finger mani we’ve been seeing all over. It’s not the most creative thing out there but it does look cool. Consider this the mixed mani for people who aren’t sure how they feel about mixed manis.

The monochromatic mixed mani: Play with textures instead of colors by choosing two shades that are the same color but with slightly different textures. Use one texture as an accent nail. If you can’t find colors that look similar enough, try using a matte top coat to take the shine away from the polish on a few fingers. You could also top one or two nails off with a bit of glitter.

The ombre mani: Pick up five colors that are in varying shades of the same color and line them up form light to dark. This is the cheapest option because, ya know, you need five polishes. Maybe save this trick for the next time you get your nails done at the salon.

The double accent nail: Instead of just painting your ring finger another color, try painting both your ring finger and your pinky the same shade with all your other nails in the base shade of the mani.

The opposing hands mani: One color on all fingers of one hand, another color on all fingers of the other hand. So cutting edge.

Need some color inspiration? Check out some of the combos I’m loving.

I'm a Chicago-based writer and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism who has written for sites like,,,,, Racked, Thrillist and The Huffington Post.