Tortoiseshell is a likely colour pattern for glasses, jewellery, and cats. But like all great things, it's made its way to the beauty world. First, there was tortoiseshell hair, a subtle brunette colour with honey, caramel, and copper hues. Now, and perhaps even better, the pattern has made its way onto nails — and we didn't think a manicure could look so chic.
Great for beginners, this technique involves a lot of blobbing — perfection isn't necessary — of some autumnal brown and black shades. But simple tortoiseshell isn't the only way to create the effect; other interpretations of the design include accent nails, negative space designs, and gold leaf effects, making this nail trend the centrepiece of any outfit.
Get a closer look at the different types of tortoiseshell nails out there, and get ready to bookmark all of them to show your nail tech.