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— May 30, 2018

Nailing It

  • You can turn your fingertips into beautiful works of art with a few tricks.
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How to turn your fingertips into Instagram-worthy works of art.

This Year’s Trends

Shimmery colors and single lines in pastel colors are some of the trends Miriam Brochero, another co-founder of 7TRUE, is taking note of. She’s also favoring the upgraded French manicures that use pastel colors instead of a classic white tip.

A trend catching Pantaleoni’s eye is simple shapes on nude or clear bases. For those who like to keep their nails short, a square nail shape works best for showcasing nail art, she adds.

After concentrating on gentle pastels in the spring, break out the bold colors for showing off in the summer. Try using a color such as bright red or neon yellow as a base for your manicure, and then give your nails a metallic tip, Pantaleoni suggests. To give the glitter trend a go, Brochero recommends applying one coat of your favorite glitter polish, focusing on keeping it near the tip of the nail, for a simple, sheer finish.

“I believe the retro colors of the late 1980s and early 1990s like yellows, purples, blues, and pinks will make a big comeback,” says Yasheaka Inez, nail director at Poppy & Monroe (poppyandmonroe.com), a natural nail salon and boutique in Nashville.

Inez says she also likes to incorporate white in nail art because it helps tie colors together. Conversely, she’ll use black for nail art because it’s simple and it pops.

Look to the Runway

The fashion runway also provides a good crystal ball for seasons to come; Brochero says many nail artists are taking the runway to the streets.

Candice Simons of the lifestyle blog J’Adore Detroit (jadore-detroit.com) agrees that the runways help predict what will be trending from head to toe. She expects to see edgy stiletto and tulip shapes to add even more dimensions to nail art in the coming seasons.

Simons adds that recent fashion shows, she says have shown a graphic black applied along the cuticle line. “Using cuticle art is an edgy look, showing that polishes shouldn’t be limited to the nail itself,” she says. (Simons suggests using a nourishing cuticle oil to keep the cuticle healthy.)

Try Rhinestones

Another great way to elevate your manicure and turn it into nail art is by adding some rhinestones, notes Jackie Truong, director of education for LeChat (lechatnails.com), which provides professional-level salon products. “A basic nude manicure with a few rhinestone accents can add a touch of elegance and subtle sparkle,” she says. Rhinestones look great with a touch of gold polish. If you’re new to nail art, Truong suggests starting simple by creating abstract patterns over a nude base

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