From minimalist negative space manicures to over-the-top embellishments, nail art designs are swinging from one extreme to another this season. Minimal graphic designs on nude nails can be found alongside manicures featuring 3D stick-on jewels on Instagram, showcasing the variety of personalities interested in nail art today. We sifted through the stack to pick out the most popular designs and help you zero down on the manicure you want to flaunt this season. Scroll ahead for our recommendations.
Negative space manicures have been on trend for many seasons now. Elegant and understated, these designs are a hit among those who like to wear their nails short, but want to make a statement. And they’ve also been reinvented time and again to keep them from being boring. For example, celebrity manicurist Betina Goldstein combines pearls, crystals, chains, glitter and sequins with smart use of negative space to bring attention to short nails.
The rose quartz mani trend has seen influencers all across Instagarm crushing on it. Think translucent veins of white on a pale pink ombre base. Also referred by some as Himalayan Rock Salt Nails, this is definitely one of the prettiest trends out there today. Surprisingly, it is very easy to recreate at home. Just paint your nails in palest pinks and dip your thinnest striping brush in white polish to paint the veins of the marble, and start creating an optical illusion on your nails. Seal with a top coat.
Metallic gets a holographic upgrade this summer. Precision is the key here, as the amount of iridescent powder applied to your polish determines the final shine. Decoding their difference, Minash Bablani, founder, Ellement Co. says, “Chrome is a metallic, reflective and fine pigment, [while] holographic gives a rainbow effect, best seen in sunlight and when worn on light colour base shades. Rose gold chrome is another must-try trend this season.”
If spring is already here, can flowers be far behind? Take your pick from hand-painted designs that are not fussy, real pressed flowers and adhesive floral nail wraps. Keep the base colour as close to your natural nail to be in sync with the minimalist vibe.
A touch of gold flakes on your fingertips is one of the best ways to wear glitter—it gives you an update while still being true to the trend. Want to stick to real glitter? Apply glitter polish to an accent nail, or only near the ends to bring in some shine. Another alternative would be to take runway inspiration from Anna Sui show, which had confetti nails covered in multi-coloured sparkles.
Also known as an oil slick manicure, this nail job looks exactly like it sounds: like the swirly, rainbow- like oil film on top of water. On a black base, put tiny blobs of blue, purple, and green all over the nails. Then, make stripes and swirls while the paint is is still wet with a bobby pin. Don’t worry too much about being messy; this trend doesn’t call for perfection.
One of the most wearable nail art designs is that of two-tone or colour block. A rookie DIY, here you just apply a coat of your favourite solid colour and paint the tips in another colour using the shape you like. The pairing could be complementing or contrasting. It could also include a metallic and a solid.
Extend the summer pastel trend from your clothes to your digits for a manicure that is as classic as it is off-the-moment. Add spots of pinks, blues, yellows and sea greens on your nails, but be sure to pick complementary colours and use lots of negative space.
We have been spotting many beauty bloggers and manicurists with nails that appear framed. The perimeter of the nail is lined either with a thin line of polish or nail appliqué, while the centre hosts either an elaborate design or a minimalist one, depending on what you used for your frame.
Nail art need not always be cumbersome with crystals, pearls and rhinestones. It could just be doodling delicate lines on a light pink base. Allure editor-in-chief Michelle Lee, along with many other Instagram users, is a fan of thin geometrical lines on a minimalist background.
For those who believe in the more is less philosophy, manicures including 3D jewel-encrusted metallic appliqués, stick-on jewels and nail jewellery is coming to the fore. Nothing spells high maintenance better than these.