We’ve already established that tortoiseshell isn’t just for glasses. From belts to shoes, the standout pattern is pretty popular. Now it’s spreading to our nails with tortoiseshell manicures officially taking over our Instagram feeds.
Before you get painting, there are a few tricks of the trade. If you want a brighter base, opt for a burnt orange nail polish. If you’re looking to go darker, try an amber-colored polish. You’ll also need some black and dark brown to create the trademark pattern. Just make sure to apply your “spots” on top of your base coat while it’s still wet for a pronounced pattern instead of a mixed mess.
Here are the best tortoiseshell manicures we found on Instagram to inspire your next nail sesh.