When I asked editors here at The Huffington Post, as well as some of my favorite DIY nail art bloggers for a show of hands (get it?), I was surprised to see how many girls had taken risks this weekend with their manicures. From fashion assistant Michelle Persad's deep purple nail color to Sarah of Chalkboard Nails' complex gradient design inspired by Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, I'm certainly motivated to go bold with the unexpected (hence, my nude nails).

Click through these manicures in the slideshow below, then share your own.


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  • Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away DIY Nail Art

    "I did this manicure using colors from the new <a href="http://www.temptalia.com/china-glaze-cirque-du-soleil-worlds-away-collection">China Glaze Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away</a> collection. The complex look is achieved by using striping tape to create two different gradient layers. It took a lot of time to line the tape up but I think the effect is worth it!" - Sarah of <a href="http://www.chalkboardnails.com/2012/11/double-gradient-mesh-china-glaze-cirque.html">Chalkboard Nails</a>

  • Essie Capri

    "For Thanksgiving in Palm Springs!" - <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anya-strzemien/">Anya Strzemien</a>, HuffPost Style and Home editor

  • OPI I Brake For Manicures

    "I finally went for a darker color this week and I chose this because I love deep purple." - <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-persad/">Michelle Persad</a>, HuffPost Style fashion assistant

  • Black And Gold Chain Manicure

    "These nails were inspired by a top I got at Forever 21 doing some Black Friday shopping. I used Essie <a href="http://www.essie.com/shop/licorice-p-30.html">Licorice</a> and Essie <a href="http://www.essie.com/shop/good-as-gold-p-437.html">Good as Gold</a>." - Chelsea of Get Nailed

  • Pucci-Inspired DIY Nail Art

    "This week's manicure is a geometric design with colors inspired by Pucci. To achieve this look, I used a <a href="http://www.ussalonsupply.com/Dl-Pro-Nail-Art-Striper-Brush-EA_p_13701.html?gdftrk=gdfV22437_a_7c751_a_7c5244_a_7cBMX_d_DL_d_394">long striper nail art brush</a> to create the clean lines. Polishes used: Nails Inc limited edition <a href="http://www.nailsinc.com/nailpolish/motcomb-street-polish/1096/">Motcomb Street</a> (deep blue), <a href="http://www.nailsinc.com/nailpolish/floral-street-polish/411/">Floral Street</a> (white), <a href="http://www.nailsinc.com/nailpolish/baker-street-polish/1102/">Baker Street</a> (cobalt blue), Butter London <a href="http://www.butterlondon.com/lacquers/3-free-lacquers/teddy-girl">Teddy Girl</a> (pastel pink) and <a href="http://www.butterlondon.com/lacquers/3-free-lacquers/diamondgeezer">Diamond Geezer</a> (silver), <a href="http://www.modelsownit.com/products/nails/nail-polishes.html">Models Own</a> Lilac Dream and <a href="http://www.seche.com/products/product-83005.html">Seche Vite top coat</a>." - Sabrina Gayle of POP Nails London

  • OPI Every Month Is Oktoberfest

    "This weekend while I was home, my mom took me for a holiday manicure (hooray!) so I decided to go autumnal with this dark burgundy hue." - <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellie-krupnick/">Ellie Krupnick</a>, HuffPost Style associate editor

  • RGB Vert

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/darina-kagan/">Darina Kagan</a>, HuffPost executive assistant

  • POP Beauty Mint Magic

    Robin Basile, designer (robinbasile)

  • China Glaze Ingrid

    <a href="http://www.candypaintnails.com">CandyPaintNails.com</a>

  • I Love Nail Polish Turqued

    Carly Herbst of <a href="http://www.LacqueredLover.com">LacqueredLover.com</a>

  • Rhinestone Chevron Manicure

    Lehlie (@keskue)

  • OPI Lincoln Park At Midnight

    @ibehoel

  • Oxblood Manicure

    @holster25

  • Reverse Blue Glitter Ombre Manicure

    @justcallmerachc

  • MAC Formidable And OPI The Living Daylights

    @trishmooremakeup

  • Matte Blue Nails

    @chadadadadada

  • Little Red Manicure

    @justcallmerachc

  • Jelly Sandwich Nail Art

    @getonmynail

  • Colorful Tribal Manicure

    @pamsandkin

  • Saran Wrap Nails

    @tnhemphill

  • Retro Design

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/SetinLacquer"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1594690119/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/SetinLacquer">SetinLacquer</a>:<br />Water marbling and dotting methods make up this retro look for a manicure.

  • Glitzy Gradient Mani

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/lorenius"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/lorenius">lorenius</a>:<br />Glitzy Gradient Mani using Zoya Gilty Pleasure set by overpolished.com

  • Kaleidoscope Dream Inspired Nail Art

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/DropOut_Nails"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/twitter_profile_img/4257228.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/DropOut_Nails">DropOut Nails</a>:<br />

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