There's nothing wrong with sticking to your favorite, tried-and-true nail polish shades (Ballet Slippers, anyone?). But if you've spent the majority of 2018 relying on your neutrals, the time has officially come to mix things up. Each year, an impressive crop of nail trends makes their way into the beauty sphere, and although some of them aren't for the faint of heart—ahem, corkscrew nails—there are always a handful of clear winners that you, (yes, you) will want to try.
With 2019 on the horizon, there's no better time than the present to scout out the manicures you'll be experimenting with through the new year and beyond. Ahead, seven non-boring nail trends that should be on your radar right this very second.
1. Negative-Space Ribbons
Negative-space manicures have dominated the nail scene for quite a few seasons, but 2019 will take the trend to new heights. Rather than taking the traditional route (read: unpainted moons or tips), prepare to play with placement and dimension by blocking off thick, diagonal strips across each nail.
2. '90s Glitter
Good news if your obsession with all things '90s is still going strong: Glittery manicures inspired by your favorite decade will be everywhere next year. Consider these glitzy nails a sophisticated homage to Lisa Frank.
3. Animal Prints
The fashion world has witnessed a major spike in animal prints this season (like the snakeskin boots, croc-effect bag, and leopard skirt you bought last week), and now, the trend is about to sneak into your nail art, too. Experiment with subtle Dalmatian prints, cheetah spots, zebra stripes, and more.
4. Cheeky Accents
Remember that bedazzler gun you put on your Christmas list four years in a row when you were a kid? Yeah, you're going to want one again in 2019. Add life to a simple, matte manicure with the help of a few fun accents, like rhinestones and stickers.
5. Mixed Medium
Who says you need to settle on one nail trend? Not 2019. Because this year, mix things up by alternating shades, prints, and textures on each of your nails. Just keep in mind that you'll want to stick to hues that are in the same wheelhouse (like grays and whites) to keep the look intentional, not chaotic.
6. Slime-Green Tips
The nail polish colors that used to live permanently in your drugstore's reject aisle are officially taking over. Whether you're on board or not, slime-green hues will be everywhere come 2019, especially in the form of elevated French manicures.
7. Press-On Textures
Nail art will never go out of style, and come the new year, you'll be able to spend less time at the salon and more time recreating your favorite looks at home. Proof: Brands like Alice + Olivia have already released press-on manicure collabs, and they're anything but tacky.