Nail art is not going away anytime soon, but the hottest trend of the moment (and one that will continue through spring, if the runways are any indication) is more subtle, minimal art.
I love this trend for a couple of reasons. First, it’s something you can do yourself — even if you’re a total nail art novice. Second, you can pull off this trend if you’re 13, 30 or 60. It’s understated enough to wear to the office (even a conservative one), but is so much more exciting than wearing a solid hue.
My latest look is pictured above. I did it in minutes. After applying a base coat, I painted on two coats of Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in Bluebell of the Ball, $4.98 (Flower is Drew Barrymore’s newish beauty line. The Nail Lacquers are the latest addition to the brand. Definitely worth trying at this price point. The colors are seriously great.) Next, I used a toothpick dipped in a taupe hue (Flower Nail’d It Nail Lacquer in Don’t Be a Wallflower, $4.98) and swiped either a horizontal or vertical line down each of my nails. The lines aren’t totally perfect, which I think is OK. After letting the polish dry for a few minutes, I finished with a quick-dry top coat.
With so many options to choose from, it can be nearly impossible to narrow down a nail polish shade that’s actually worthy of being added to your stash.
This season, the two that have earned a permanent spot on my shelf are Essie Nail Polish in After School Boy Blazer and For the Twill of It, $8 each.
When I first spied Essie After School Boy Blazer backstage at the Jill Stuart fashion show during New York Fashion Week in early September, I knew it was going to be a instant hit. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a bottle. The creamy blue-black hue is part sophisticated, part edgy and altogether fabulous. It’s a shade you can wear all season and for pretty much any occasion.
Essie For the Twill of It, on the other hand, I was a little more resistant to trying — at first. While the multi-hued metallic is right on-trend and looks fabulous in the bottle, I wasn’t sure it was for me. I tend to stick to wearing cream nail polish shades. They seem to look more flattering on my longer nail beds. And, I just wasn’t sure if the polish would look as good on as it does in the bottle. To test the waters, I used the shade as an accent nail (on my ring fingernails) and had the rest painted in After School Boy Blazer. I loved the color combo, but more importantly, I was immediately convinced that For the Twill of It is totally worthy of all of the buzz it’s been getting. Well, and that it looks great on even my nails.
Will I see the new Carrie? No. I’d have nightmares for days. But, that’s not stopping me from taking note of the stunning beauty looks Chloe Grace Moretz wore to the premiere. Her braided hairstyle was fabulous. I’ll post about that later — likely in my Twisted Tuesday column. And her manicure was equally as rad. I’m definitely going to recreate it.
Manicurist Christina Aviles created the look using Formula X for Sephora The New Neutrals in Perfection, $10.50. Then “while [the polish] was still a little tacky, we applied a round black stud at the base of the nail, pressing lightly to make sure it adhered,” says Aviles.
The end result was sophisticated, but with a little edge. Perfection, indeed.
I caught up with Butter London’s Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Jane Hughes, backstage at New York Fashion Week and she confidently stated that nude nails with really minimal nail art are going to become the next big nail trend. “It’s going to be huge,” she said about the trend before recommending looks like the one pictured on her right hand Lela Rose show. It was the look for the show. Another style she suggested trying: nude nails with floating white polka dots. “It’s so chic,” she adds.
What she (and I!) both love about this trend is how easy it is to do on your own nails. “There’s no base color, so drying time is faster and if you mess up you can easily clean up around the edges,” says Hughes.
Will you try this look?