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Love a cat flick when it comes to eyeliner? Meet the manicure version: cat-eye nails. An evolution of the velvet nail trend, this manicure uses magnetic nail polish to create a metallic line in the center of the nail that mimics the alluring gaze of a cat.
This nail art trend has gone viral on TikTok and Instagram—and you can get the look, too. You’ll need magnetic nail polish (regular or gel formulas work) and a strong rectangular magnet. For best results, hold the magnet diagonally under your finger as you paint so it can attract the pigments to that strip as you go – and hold it there for about 30 seconds while the polish dries. To really sharpen the effect, finish by holding the magnet in the same diagonal direction over the finished layer for 30 seconds at the end. It’s a slow process and may require some trial and error, but the eye-catching result is worth it.
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Create a moody, mystical mani with contrasting metallic pigments rising from a dark base. We love how this combines gold and silver flecks for extra allure. And good news for the short nail team: even though an elongated and sharp nail shape plays up the vibrancy, this cat eye nail design looks just as great on well-trimmed nails.
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This limited-edition nail polish shade—the same one used to create the look featured here—contains a combination of gold and silver pigments for a multi-metallic finish. While some magnetic polishes look better over a base coat, this one is fine to go on its own.
Your key to the cat eye nail trend is a strong magnet. This budget option scores good reviews for its powerful appeal. It also features a circular magnet on one side if you want to try aura nails – another one of our favorite viral fads.
Wear your heart on your fingertips with this sweet on-trend look from nail artist Zola Ganzorigt, who paints the tips of your favorite celebrities including Hailey Bieber, Sydney Sweeney, Vanessa Hudgens and more. (She’s the trend-setter behind Hailey’s viral glass nails.) And while there are tricky tricks online to get this look, there’s an easier way: Just use a heart-shaped magnet (Ganzorigt e got hers on Amazon).
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Peach pink with flecks of gold, this gel polish is perfect for creating a romance-ready design. The included magnet works great for various magnet designs, but we love the cheeky heart-shaped twist (more on that below). Evening game, anyone?
Get the heart-shaped magnet required for this darling design—plus 10 other options ranging from stripes to chevrons and mesh. Play with the position of your heart (in a corner or beat in the center) to change the style.
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Give new life to the classic French manicure with cat-eye tips. We love the contrast seen here with a metallic pink polish against a bare base, but you can also play with fun color combinations (photo: a lilac base with a cosmic purple cat-eye top) or by changing the color of the top to every nail. There are endless ways to have fun with this design, drawing on the timeless style of the French mulberry.
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Paint your tips with this pink shade from Mooncat, the favorite nail brand known for its otherworldly nail polishes. The rich base color includes flecks of lighter pink for an attractive effect when used with magnets.
Instead of a glossy top coat, we love the flat effect seen here – it helps the metal pop against the rest of the nail, and also enhances the velvet look. Good news: It’s as easy as finishing with a matte top coat (and don’t forget another magnet snap to really set your magnetic line in place).
If you love the Skittle nail art trend (where you paint each nail a different color), try the cat eye version. To keep it looking cohesive, choose magnetic nail polish colors that complement each other, make sure every metallic line follows the same diagonal direction, and tie it all together with a unifying base coat (we love black paired with deep tones shown here, but you can also try white under bright nail polish for a vibrant look).
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Whether you’re a nail technician or a professional with a gel kit at home, you’ll find everything you need to create the look in this set. It includes nine magnetic nail polishes ranging from aqua to fuchsia to copper gold, plus a solid black undercoat and a powerful magnet to achieve a cat-eye effect.
Tight on storage space? For a colorful look that doesn’t require so many bottles, grab this holographic polish that boasts brown and purple pigments in one formula. Instead of different colors on each nail, this approach pairs those contrasting colors across all 10 of your little canvases. Bonus: No gel bulb or base coat required (but you do need to grab your magnet separately).
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