Get ‘90s Feels With These 15 Mood Ring Nail Looks

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Getting vibey with a #mood post is typical in 2020. However, before digital expression was a thing, people shared their feelings with one small accessory: the mood ring. This magical orb on a silver ring was first, most likely from Claire’s and second, said to change color to reflect your shifting mood. While color-changing nails aren’t new, nails that change into an array of colors based on temperature are. “Thermal nails” (A.K.A. “mood ring nails”) are usually done with a coating against a dark-colored base to create trippy nail art that’s sure to leave anyone in a good mood. Check out fifteen of my favorite looks from pro nail artists below:

1. Liquid Crystal
Hannah Lee (@hannahroxit) rocked Liquid Crystal over nail lacquer.
2. ‘80s Baby
We give these nails by Yolee Hicks (@dymenails) a perfect 10.
3. Don’t Sweat It
Anastasiia Morozova (@nailchampion_) shows how to make a thermal splatter effect here.
4. Gold Rush
Combine gold flakes with a stroke of thermal detail like @itgirltierra.
5. A Rose by Any Other Shade
@red_iguana shows how to freehand Thermo Liquid for a rosy effect.
6. Swag Stones
Create stone shapes on the nail like Eunice Park (@eunicornnails).
7. Moody Tips
Gabbi Vigue Gassuan (@pinkaliennailz) carves out mood ring tips using gold outlines.
8. Galaxy Glow
Thermal nails are perfect for a galaxy backdrop like this one from @diananailedit.
9. Celestial Sphere
Thermal orbs pop against a white background a la @buffbarbristol.
10. Temp Talons
Thermal nails can be worn on short or extra-long tips, as shown by @nailgazms.
11. Dark Side of the Moon
@audreyfaithartistry makes the dark side look brilliant.
12. Mood Beam
Brittany Hogan (@bhogannailedit) gives us a streak of thermal color down the center of the nail.
13. Flashes of Color
Brigitta Fajt (@missbehavenails) incorporated mood-changing color into this hot design.
14. Hot Houndstooth 
This elaborate houndstooth by Hang Tran (@_hangnailz_) changes temperature, but keeps its bite.
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15. Stamp to It
@red_iguana combines stamping and Thermo Liquid for vibrant art.

Beth Livesay
Beth Livesay
Pro Beauty, Nails & Fashion Publisher
With more than 12 years of publishing experience, Beth Livesay is an expert in the beauty and fashion industry. Most recently, she served as the Director of Brand Content Strategy at nailsmag.com and has overseen Nail Art Gallery Magazine, Salon Fanatic, NAILS Next Top Nail Artist, and NTNA All Stars.