We think it’s needless to say that inspiration lives on Instagram. We’re scrolling through our discovery feeds searching for nail art trends and the standard, solid colour mani is taking a back seat along with the faux pas French tips (sorry, not sorry). That’s right, nail art is still having a moment, and it’s not going anywhere any time soon. Finding inspiration is one thing, but finding someone to execute exactly what you want can be tricky.
It’s sometimes funny how something as little as the tips of your fingers can matter so much. That being said, being stingy on expertise is something we don’t recommend if you want the best. These salons offer quality no matter what designers you’re after, whether it be chrome, holographic, marble florals, jewels, or negative space.
To help you out, we’ve rounded up 7 of the best nail bars in Toronto that specialize in nail art!
Continually gracing editorial spreads issue after issue, it’s no surprise why Tips Nail Bar is coveted as the absolute go-to nail bar for beauty editors and influencers across the city. Now with two locations in different ends of the city, you’re never too far from expert nail artistry.
Price: Shellac Manicure with Nail Art, $70 and up
Where: 844 Danforth Avenue and 1243 Dundas Street West
Are you looking to turn your unique Instagram nail inspirations into a reality? Well, whether you’re looking for intricate illustrations, unique finishes (velvet, chrome, matte), holographic effects, or anything in between, the Wow Wow Nails team is ready. The folks at this nail salon have all the skills and tools to make your nail art dreams come true.
Price: Shellac Manicure, $23 reg. $30 – Nail Art add-ons from $2
Where: 802 Dundas Street West
If you thought to pick just one shade was hard, try asking a nail enthusiast how daunting it can be picking a new nail design. Luckily, Naked Beauty Bar offers monthly gel specials, which feature curated chic, negative space designs to choose from. While you’re there, soak in their amazing playlist, the modern aesthetic, and the overall chill vibes.
Price: Shellac/Gel Polish – $55, Nail Art add-ons – $12-30, Gel Special – $65
Where: 889 Dundas Street West
Bringing Instagram goals to life in the heart of the entertainment district is Her Majesty’s Pleasure. This nail bar is known for its beautiful decor, head-to-toe beauty services, and the tastiest cocktails in town. While you’re sipping on that Champagne Papi (a signature cocktail served with Sugarfina Champagne Bears), relax and enjoy the hand and arm massage that comes with every manicure.
Prices: Gel Manicure with Nail Art Experience – $80, Accent Nail or French Tips, $10
Where: 556 King Street West
Taking nail art to new heights is the team at Hard Rock Nails. This nail salon is best known for specializing in wow-worthy airbrush designs, 3D art, bejewelled embellishments, and acrylic nails. Along with exquisite nail art and care, they also offer prime waxing and threading services.
Prices: Shellac Manicure – $30 and up, Nail Art design – $10 and up, 3D Design – $15 and up
Where: 790 Broadview Avenue
The High Park located Holden Grace is known for transforming the look of hair, but they also know a thing or two about nail art. Whether you want leopard print, graffiti, or something very subtle like a touch of glitter, these beauty experts will be more than happy to create it for you. They love what they do, and it shows in the result.
Prices: Gel/Shellac Manicure, $50 – Nail Art add-ons, $15/$25/$40 & up – Accent Nail, $6
Where: 1836 Bloor St West
Conveniently located downtown, Get Gelled offers premium manicures and pedicures. Unlike traditional spas in the city, this nail bar provides a unique pedicure experience which includes a foot bath treatment of your choice of green tea or sake. Treat your toes to nail art too while you’re at it. Get Gelled also offers nail art stickers for purchase so you can personalize your toes and tips at home.
Prices: Signature Gel Manicure, $55 – Nail Art cost is TBD
Where: 12 Irwin Avenue
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