Whether it’s in the form of a sleek pair of boots, a chunky belt, or a statement bag — maybe even all three — there’s a good chance crocodile print is a notable part of your wardrobe. And for a growing number of people on Instagram, it’s a staple in their nail art roster, too. If tortoiseshell was the most popular animal print for nails in 2019, then 2020 is sure the be the year that crocodile and alligator designs take over.
Whereas last year’s tortoiseshell nail art offered an inventive way to wear neutral nail polish colours, the crocodile prints that are just now starting to trend let the imagination run wild. Whether you’ve got long or short nails, prefer matte or glossy finishes, or have a weakness for certain nail colours, there’s a version of crocodile nails that’ll catch your eye and have you running to your local nail technician.
Below, we’ve selected a few of the most diverse and inventive crocodile nail art designs from across Instagram, posted by professional and self-taught nail artists alike. For more, visit the #crocnails and #crocodilenails hashtags and prepare to be dizzied by the sheer amount of options you’re presented.
Nail artist @chrmdbysarah says she’s been doing these types of crocodile-printed nails for years. She uses blooming gel nail polish, a formula that spreads itself across nails dependent on the way it’s painted on, to create her rectangular green notches.
A Glossy Blue
This glossy blue pattern by @madeupbymckie proves crocodile nails are not a trend that’s limited to long nails. It’s certainly not limited to neutral tones, either.
Another nail artist from Los Angeles, @nailjob offers a surefire way to let croc-patterned nails grow out seamlessly with metallic-gold tips.
A Crocodile Accent
This icy take by @cattsclaws proves a single crocodile accent nail has just as much dramatic effect as a full set.