The most sophisticated manicures used to be all about vamp red or elegant French nails; today the more colour and detail you can place on your fingertips, the better! The nail art craze has well and truly taken grip of both fashion and beauty worlds across the glove. Whatever your dress sense, nail art is a brilliant and affordable way to accessorise and express your personality. If you’re artistic, there are thousands of DIY nail tutorials to choose from online, whilst nail art has become a must-try in salons too. If you fancy sprucing up your digits, here’s a look at the most popular styles within the nail art craze:
Aztec patterns are in, and they’re just as likely to be seen on a manicure as they are on a bodycon mini skirt. If you’re not familiar with the Aztec finish, think straight lines and intricate geometric shapes that form an intense and colourful pattern on your nails.
Show your wild side with animal print nails; zebra stripe, leopard skin, giraffe and cow print are just a few examples! You don’t need to stick to realistic colours either, try neon yellow and black leopard spot or pink and purple zebra stripe look.
If you’d rather go for a delicate nail art option, try the ombre trend which takes one colours and blends a subtle gradient into another colour. You can choose which ever colours you like; how about an exotic orange to pretty pink or a purple that fades into lilac then white? Gradient effects can be achieved with ease at home by using a make-up sponge to softly layer a darker colour onto a light colour.
A huge trend for Spring/Summer 2013 is floral prints! Whether you choose floral print 3d nail wraps or detailed varnish painted patterns, floral nails look feminine and fresh; wonderful teamed with a flirty tea dress and gladiator sandals.
Looking for a night-out nail trend? The metallic finish is fabulous with party wear. You can pick metallic nail polish, but if you want a really bold look opt for metallic nail wraps that will make your fingertips look coated with gold or silver.
There are no rules when it comes to the nail art trend; be playful and go crazy with the nail art brush. Abstract is a fun way to play with pattern and it doesn’t matter if you go wrong. Pick a colour scheme and try different shapes, stripes and spots.
Add a touch of glamour to your fingers with embellished nail art. Embellished nails may have plain colour backgrounds with sparkling diamante, edgy studs and even tiny nail piercings.
Don’t forget, you needn't stick with one nail art style either! You have ten fingers, so why not mix-and-match? Do every other finger with the gradient/animal print trends or opt for a plain colour manicure with just one nail in the Aztec pattern. Whatever style you like the sound of most, the nail art craze is a great way to make a statement.Last modified on
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