Menu Join now Search

Totally Groovy! Modern Nails with a 'Mod' Flair

To get inspired for these modern nails, we took a trip back in time. The '60s were full of fun, "mod" patterns that are perfect for translating onto your fingertips. So if you're interested in a look that really pops, give these funky nails a try.

Mod Nails

I love bright, psychedelic designs, but I rarely use them on my nails. So I decided to give some "mod," or modern, nails a try using retro fabric swatches as inspiration. There are so many pattern possibilities that you could paint thousands of funky nails and never have the same look twice!

Mod Nails: Steps 1-2

1. Paint your nails with a light pink. I used Barry M's Kiss Me Quick. Then, using a striping brush, paint a few waves—as shown—with a warm white, like Barry M's Cotton.

2. Using a thin striping or detailing brush, line the white waves with red. Make sure your lines meet in the middle, leaving just a peek of pink between them.

Mod Nails: Steps 3-4

3. For a different mod pattern, use a dotting tool and white nail polish to add big dots to your nails. Of course, you may choose to do the wavy design on all five nails or leave the alternate nails blank.

4. Fill in the center of the white dots with red dots. When the design is completely dry, apply a topcoat to seal it in, and you're done! Pair these retro nails with an adorable minidress for a look that's sure to impress.

For more nail art from Alice, go to One Nail to Rule Them All.

Alice Sanderson

Hi! I'm Alice, I'm 19 years old and I'm in my second year studying history at the University of Sheffield, in the UK. I've been doing nail art for about three years, having started in order to stop myself from biting my nails. I used to think of nails as a backup to my degree, but now I’m not so sure!

More You'll Love

Close