Nail art has come a long way since a toothpick-dotted flower made your middle school dance outfit feel extra special. Now most salons feature at least some sort of design option — a simple dot of glitter at the cuticle or a half dip — if not an entire menu of colour-coordinated choices. Nail art is officially mainstream, but that doesn’t mean it has to be predictable.
This spring’s coolest looks are restoring that special feeling with unique trends that are pretty, wearable, and most importantly, fresh. From a new spin on florals to unexpectedly chic and cow prints and spots (courtesy of Kendall Jenner and Ariana Grande, respectively), we’ve rounded up the breakout nail art looks that you’re about to see everywhere, ahead. Scroll through and find the manicure you love.
If you’re going to commit to a single polish color for spring, you can’t go wrong with a glossy nude, which celebrity nail artist Tom Bachik proves to be low-key sexy when you find a shade that’s an exact match to your skin tone, like this colour on Hailee Steinfeld.
Tie-Dye Designing a tie-dye manicure is actually easier than it looks, but the process does require a little more finesse than squeeze bottles of dye and rubber bands. Artists are recreating the effect by carefully painting nail polish in individual swirls, then pulling a striping brush through the centre before the polish dries to create the spiral effect. As with thrifted tie-dye T-shirts from the ’70s, the beauty is in the imperfect homespun finish.
The “indie nail” trend has ushered in a new, optimistic uptick in smiley-face art. We love this look out of S.and.M Salon that combines colourful flames, faded ombré, and the happy face.
If heart nails feel cheesy in mid-February, come spring, the cupid symbols are super chic. Create yours using an electric yellow polish and an artsy heart-cutout design like nail artist Kim Truong.
Nail artist and content creator Melanie Graves calls this minimalist manicure “pastel swooshies,” for the combo of springtime color pairings and a swoosh-across-the-tip design.
If you’re partial to a traditional French manicure, simply trade your classic white tip for an unexpected indigo blue, which Danish nail artist Romée proves pairs best with a matching sweater.
Double FrenchAt this season’s Fashion Week in Paris, we spotted the 2020 take on the French manicure: coloured tips. The upgrade for spring will be coordinating your bright tip with a similarly bright cuticle stripe in a different colour — think neon pink with electric blue.
You don’t have to get too wild in your design or color choice. Manicurist Chloe created this simple two-toned design using rose gold and milky pink polishes from Olive & June polishes, painting a stripe of each color down each nail.
This spring, we’re going to see nail-art stickers become cool in a way we haven’t seen since the ’90s. LA-based nail salon Color Camp is jumping on the trend with itty-bitty yin-yang and rainbow stickers you can buy to DIY your own throwback manicure from home.
Florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but all things that bloom feel adorably apropos this time of year. You can paint a single blossom on each finger, or mix and match your bouquet with nail-art stickers or custom press-on gels, like these from ManiMe designed by manicurist Hang Nguyen.
Before you go for an all-white manicure, dip your toes in lighter tones with some white accents. Cooler than a French manicure, this design by London-based nail artist Imarni takes a more abstract approach with clean matte white swirls.
Muted earth tones are seasonally fitting for March and April — so why not make like nail artist Canishiea Sams and pull together your matcha green with stone gray and paint a different colour combo on each nail?Credit: Original article published here.