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A coffee mug, a bouquet of flowers, a clutch…pretty much anything works. It gives the nails some context within a photo (which is great because a stand-alone hand can be pretty awkward to look at).
Never (ever) flatten your fingers against a surface as it’s guaranteed to make them look like sausages. You want a little tension in the top of your hand.
Hands in motion make for a much more interesting image. (Always go with a buddy so you can stage solid manigrams afterward.)
This one checks all of the boxes: It gives your hands something to do, provides context and doesn’t flatten your fingers against the table.
Relaxed. Casual. Only slightly dramatic in the way we’ve all come to expect from Instagram.
Have a cool design you really want to show off? Crop in closely so the focus is on the nails themselves (and less about your hands).
You always want your hands to look relaxed and natural in photos. Not stiff and clawlike.
This pose works especially well for any designs that are focused on the tips.
Bonus points if your outfit matches your mani.
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