In Los Angeles, finding a nail salon is as easy as finding a new-wave coffee shop. Poke around any of the city’s countless strip malls and you’re sure to find a sign encouraging you to upgrade those chipped and peeling nails. But there are days when a regular old mani just won’t do. Sometimes you need, say, holographic Tupac nails to really express how you’ve been feeling. These 13 nail artists and salons have seriously honed their craft and elevated the manicure to an art form.
From subtle, simple designs to flashy 3D art, the artists at Two Brown Eyed Girls know how to inspire nail envy. While they specialize in gel, they also offer Minx, Japanese nail graphics, and original art for those looking to up their nail game. 1864 S. Sepulveda, West Los Angeles and 151 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Sabella Snyder, aka @sweetbcreations, is a celebrity nail artist best known for her psychedelic color schemes, ombré technique, and encapsulated glitter nails. She regularly works with Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, so expect to be tacked onto a waiting list, but her work is worth waiting for. She also recently started a tattoo apprenticeship with the ultra-talented Miryam Lumpini, so keep your eyes on her burgeoning second career.
Looking at @Yvynails’s feed will make you want to blast Cardi B—specifically “Drip”—and sign some million-dollar deals, write some checks, wrap your hands around a glass of Gout de Diamants, and do any other boss-bitch activity that involves flaunting your nails. Came through drippin’. Sherman Oaks
Fariha Ali, better known as @Nailjob, specializes in detailed henna-like styles and minimalist, architectural designs. She also has a soft spot for all things kawaii, so if you’re looking to get Gudetama slicked on your nails, à la Busy Philips, give Ali a call. MIJU VAN Salon, 303 S. Crescent Heights Blvd, Los Angeles
Donne and Ginny Geer, the sisters behind Hey, Nice Nails!, are a dynamic duo in the nail art world. From tricky watercolor designs to rainbow gradients to glitter fades—they’ve got it all on lockdown. 316 Elm Ave., Long Beach
Bel Fountain-Townsend is a self-taught nail artist who has built a devoted following (including our arts and culture editor) for her wildly inventive designs and immaculate technique. While she’s currently not accepting any new clients, she’s still worth a follow—not only can you ogle her insane nail creations and get all the #nailspo you’ll ever need, but you can keep an eye on her bio to see when her schedule opens up. North Hollywood
Phillip is a celebrity nail artist who can be found holding it down at Nail Bar in Beverly Hills. She’s perfected Kylie Jenner’s go-to look: dangerously long and square acrylics with soft, muted tones. Nail Bar, 321 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills
Basic nails are not welcome here. If you’re looking for something simple and classic, you’re better off elsewhere. True to its name, Nail Swag is all about the boldest, wildest, swaggiest (a word?) nails. If you can dream it up, they can make it happen. 204 1/2 W. 6th St., downtown
This Silver Lake hub will keep your nails on trend—whether it’s hologram, chrome, cat eye, or gold foil. They boast a wide range of treatments (and prices)—you can keep it simple with the Signature Mani for $18 or go all out with the Gloss Mani/Pedi Package for $85. 2911 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
EsNAIL is one of the most famous nail salons in Japan, so the opening of esNAIL LA made major waves in the city’s nail art world. Expect esNAIL to be on the bleeding edge of nail design. Have you caught wind of a new encapsulated glitter or lace appliqué technique? EsNAIL will have mastered it by the time you’re due for a new mani. But be wary of the price tag—after all is said and done, your mani could set you back a good $100 or more. 8384 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood
This Beverly Hills locale feels like a chic, cozy hangout for you and your friends. Come for the luxurious (and affordable) mani and pedis, but stay for the warm ambience. 430 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills (also located in Pasadena and Santa Monica)
As the Color Camp site states: “We do one thing and we’re pretty good at it. Don’t expect any fancy add-ons.” Come here for high-quality manicures and classic nail art. 7606 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
With seven different locations in Los Angeles, Bellacures has established itself as a staple throughout the city. Expect top-notch gloss and sought-after add-on treatments. Ever experienced a Coffee Mani? Now’s the time. Multiple locations