Nail Artists to Follow on Instagram

This week VDM does nails. Five posts detailing my top mani tips to colour picks serving up at lunchtime each day. Today it’s all about the Nail Artists that are bringing it on Instagram… 

You ready to press ‘follow’ on a fresh batch of beauty Instagrammers (if you didn’t see my last instalment click here). Cause I’ve got five gals that are snapping up a storm on my feed and I’m ready to share. To keep in with the nail week theme they’re all Nail Artists, top of their games and lacquering up some of the biggest names in the world. Prepare for a whole load of inspiration with a whole lot of point…oh and glitter.

@TheIllustratedNail – This girl’s designs are jaw-droppingly, ‘I don’t want to like it, I love it’ beautiful. From her false nail doodles to a look at her famous face clients it’s one of my favourite accounts to follow. Sometimes simple (like these), sometimes off the chain (for example), always so darn pretty.

@NailsByMH – A feed brought to you by Maybelline Nail Expert, Michelle Humphrey, who from a quick scroll through her pictures I think it’s fair to say, loves glitter and polka dots. I first spotted her interviewed in Stylist and have been an avid follower since. I love this ‘Half Moon’ look that keeps popping up on her page.

@WAHNails – I still have no idea how the peeps that work here manage to paint such intricate designs on to such tiny canvas by hand. Prepare to be inspired to get every single colour you own out and paint them on all at the same time. A trip to their salon is on my beauty bucket list.

@KimmieKyees – The lady behind some of the most talked-about tips in the business – Rihanna’s. And Nicole Richie, Ke$ha, Heidi Klum, Rachel Bilson and Katy Perry also fill up her client list, phew. Her aesthetic is out there. Long, pointed with neatly painted bad ass shades. Love ’em.

@DeborahLippmann – When it comes to glitter – Deborah is the undisputed queen. A celeb manicurist with her own song-titled line; her snaps give you a behind the scenes look at her polish-packed life. My favourite picture of hers? Minion Nails I need.


  • Amy

    ooo I’ll search some of these later and have a nosey 🙂

    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  • Holly Cooke

    Will definately be checking some of these lovelies out! x

  • Charlotte Lucy Philpotts

    Great post – I have followed three of them already! x

  • Victoria Reilly

    I love looking at nail art photos, will definitely be having a trawl through these!

    Vickie xo | vickieblogs

  • rab

    i love wahnails for inspo!
    rara from RepeatPiece

  • Lauren B

    I love nail art so I’ll definitely be checking some of these out 🙂


  • Annie Lindsay

    So I hear Formula X Polish from Sephora is giving Deborah Lippman a run for her money! Can’t wait to get my hands on some.

  • anap

    My daugther folows wahnails, and loves their pictures. As we leave in Brazil she will have to wait until she goes to London to do her nails. Make a post when you go there.

  • Carrie Ward

    I love WAH nails! Definitely go, I miss the quiet of the Kingsland store where it all started as I find Topshop Oxford street a bit crazy busy. (10am Saturday is a good time to go)

  • Kristen Duckett

    Why am I not on this list Anna? My instagram name is @mynailsarewet Please take a look.

  • Tuğçe Ertürk

    yay! such a greatpost, i will be following all of them :))


  • Rachel

    about to go follow them all :)xx

  • Rebecca

    Also try @nailedbysg. You’ll die from all the gorgeousness.

  • Ellie

    I follow all of these already haha can you take a look at mine @yocandy I’m a mobile nail artist & post pics of all my designs too 🙂

  • These days I love finding nail ideas on instagram, so I appreciate the recommendations 🙂


  • Marleen

    I love Deborah Lippmanns glitter polishes, they are the best! I do not like nail art however, I do not have the patience and the steady hand that is necessary for that!

  • georginafox22

    Do you have the most informative blog in the world or what?!

    Georgina at

  • georginafox22

    PS. ‘edit’ is still everywhere I go, and annoyingly being used in the wrong contexts!

  • Sylvia

    Such great picks! Already following WAHNails but definitely going to check the others out.


  • Jessica Varney

    Will have to check these out! @trophywifenailart is also a goodin, my go to for nail art inspiration xx

  • need a gap

    I would say that @esnail_la is THE BOMB.

  • Leeanne Baldwin

    Thank you for this post.. love finding new nail art ideas!


  • clareelise

    I’m looking forward to joining the world of instagram soon then I shall defo check these out!