Something personal you should know about me: I have a pretty strict anti–animal print policy. The conventional favorites (zebra and leopard print, check) have a way of giving me visceral flashbacks to the aughts, all before rushing back out of popularity before anyone even bats an eye. That is, with one major exception: cow print. The underrated, über-versatile pattern plays the perfect complement to everything in your closet, from neutrals to bright colors, and even other animal prints. (Calling Kendall Jenner’s Instagram post to the stand.)
As of late, master manicurists have proposed an all-new way to imbue the print into your signature look. You guessed it: cow-print nail designs. It’s the playful, extraverted, summer-ready update you didn’t know your mani needed. One of the best things about the cowhide nail look is how deceivingly simple it is. Unlike the total precision required to nail even a basic french, minute imperfections will only add to your spotted look in this case. That is if you are going the freehand route. A bevy of stick-on decals from brands like Ciaté London make it even easier to tap into the trend. (You’ll have a chance to shop the whole set ahead.)
Net-net, pros can consider this a short-on-time update to your basic mani. And novices, this is your gateway into the wonderful world of nail art. Peruse our edit of energized cow-print manicures, with all the products you’ll need to recreate the looks at home.