Nail Art to Make the 80s Proud

Nail Art to Make the 80s Proud

On 05/31/23 // Beauty

Blast from the past! Get ready to be transported back in time with these awesome retro designs for your nails.

Whether you’re looking for a fun, creative way to accessorize an outfit or just want to relive some of the most iconic trends from the 80s, these designs are sure to make you dance like it’s 1985. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular and creative aesthetic retro nail designs.

Rainbow Bright

This design is inspired by one of the most iconic cartoons of all time—the 1980 classic crazy bright.

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This design is simple but has plenty of wow-factor; all you need is a few different colors of nail polish and a steady hand.

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Start off with a solid base coat in any color you like, then use thin brush strokes to create abstract shapes with each color around your nails. Finish off with a layer of clear topcoat and you’ll be ready to rock out like it’s ‘89!

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Pac-Man Nails

If colors weren’t enough for your 80s nostalgia fix, how about video games? This Pac-Man design is perfect for those who want something playful but still classic.

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All you need are three colors—a yellow base coat, black polish for outlines, and white polish for details such as ghosts or dots—and a tiny brush or dotting tool.

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Start by painting your base coat yellow and adding black outlines along the edges if desired. Then use either the tiny brush or dotting tool to create small circles around each nail for Pac-Man characters or dots.

Finish off with another layer of clear topcoat over everything and you’ll have yourself some totally rad Pac-Man nails!

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Tech Nails

If you’re looking for something more unique, why not try this stylish VHS tape nail art? All you need are several different shades of gray polish (light gray, dark gray, and black) and some thin striping brushes. Start by painting your base coat light gray, then use thin brush strokes in dark gray and black to create the effect of a VHS tape on each nail.

Add some contrast lines in between each stripe for extra texture and dimension. Finally, add a layer of clear topcoat over everything and voila—you have yourself some totally rad VHS tape nails!

Bringing back the 80s can be fun and creative thanks to these aesthetic retro nail designs! Whether you’re looking for something classic like Rainbow Bright or more unique like VHS tape or Pac-Man nails, there is something here that will appeal to everyone’s taste in nostalgia. So go ahead - embrace your inner child and get ready to rock out like it’s 1985! Millenials everywhere will love these fun throwback designs that transport them back in time while still looking stylishly modern at the same time. What better way than this to show off your love for all things 80s? Give them a try today - you won’t regret it!

Lucia W.

Written by Lucia W.: Lucia is a fashion & lifestyle copywriter that currently calls Berlin her home. Hire her at!

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