As a nail professional for the past 14 years, I’ve seen nail trends come and go. However some sustain the test of time. Take the French manicure for instance. It’s the good old classic standby especially during the wedding season. However, with the emergence of other new trends, the French mani has been given a run for its money! Nail art is back in a big way! No longer a thing of the past, nail art has resurrected itself as one of the staple nail services in salons and spas across the country – and, right here in Columbus at The Charles Penzone Salons!
If this sounds scary to you and brings to mind the image of inch-long nails with airbrushed beach scenes, put that out of your mind. The nail designs of today are simple—yet creative and fun. Polka dots, stripes, flowers and animal prints are just a few of the designs you can add to your nails to show off your fun and playful side.
Below is a list of popular trends in polishes and nail art. Before we go on though, I’d like to answer a question I get asked all the time. In regards to polish, “do my nails and toes have to match?” Absolutely not! It’s truly personal preference so you decide what look you’d like to showcase.
This is a textured polish that’s glittery and unique. It requires no top coat so it has a sandy matte finish. Some are so glittery, and as a guest said the other day, “it’s like I have diamonds on my nails!” My favorite is Tiffany Case from the Bond Girls collection.
Simply put, this refers to keeping one nail different from the rest. Usually it’s the ring finger. This could be as simple as polishing the nail a different color or adding nail art. This is extremely popular because anyone can do it—especially for the conservative types who want to add something fun without feeling like it’s too much.
Also referred to as gradient nails, this is when the nail starts out one color and morphs into another. The color can go from lighter to darker or vice versa. It can also change into a completely different color. You could also do each nail a different color in the same color family using the lighter to darker method.
MATTE POLISH OR TOP COAT
It’s exactly what it says. Polish with a matte finish. It creates a softer look without the shine. You can also use shiny top coat to create designs over your matte polish. Or have the matte topcoat applied to your favorite polish to change the look!
FRENCH POLISH REVAMPED
Yes, the regular French is a classic look but there are so many options to dress up your French polish. The reverse French is where the moon on the nail is the accent while the rest of the nail is polished a different color. You can also add a stripe of another color or glitter polish directly above the regular French to add a little pizazz. You can add simple nail art such as polka dots. If you really want to keep it simple, you can stray from the classic pink and white combo by using two completely different colors.
This refers to a nail similar to a French but a “v” shape is used instead of the traditional curved line and it can be placed at the base of the nail or the tip. Chevron also refers to a series of “v” shapes painted across the nail in a line.
These are just a few of our favorite nail trends this summer! With all the different styles today, the options are endless. It’s all about having fun – especially in the carefree summer months!
Schedule your nail appointment today with any of the nail professionals listed below, relax and have fun!!
Cherise, Catalina, Faith, Dawn, Bianca, Tammy
Bea, Annette, Cherise, Elizabeth, Fiona
Mia, Zeta, Debrynne
Posted: 7/15/2013 4:22:47 PM
Mia, Licensed Nail Professional at The Grand Salon a Polaris Parkway, Spa Advancement Team Member
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