As we return to a new normal, relearning common courtesies such as wearing pants and greeting our co-workers might take a while! As such, we might as well freshen our nails while we’re at it! Most recently we’ve been inspired by Betina Goldstein’s nail art. Colorful, minimalist, and timeless, her manicures are gratifying while still being work-appropriate.
And yet, Goldstein is always up for a challenge, when it comes to her designs. “I love designs that challenge me and really require a lot of tiny details and a lot of patience,” she shared in an interview with Elle. The end result fits nicely inside the category of wearable art.
This also might explain why Goldstein has caught not only the attention of Instagram it-girls but of A-list celebrities like Bella Hadid, Zoë Kravitz, and Billie Eilish—all of which have sported her designs.
“I focus on designs that are more contemporary and they have intricate detail and dimension, but don’t necessarily overwhelm your nails,” says Goldstein. “It’s all about the placement of the nail art. It’s really minimal. At the same time, some of my nail designs are really out there: I’ll do chains on the nails—but with a sheer base.”
And while most of her designs are minimal, Goldstein sometimes explores more dramatic options (introducing elements like rhinestones and liquid gold). In order to achieve her more out-there designs, she sometimes takes to the local craft store.
“I’m always going into craft stores and finding like random things around my house to put on my nails,” she relayed. “One time I had this Chanel ribbon, and it was too beautiful to throw away so I just cut out each letter and then place them on my nails. I don’t know what the inspiration, I just see that object and I’m like, oh I could do something with this. That’s it!”
Take a look at some of her designs in the gallery below!