Mix up your style by asking your nail technician to give you a stylish new manicure. It doesn’t matter if you prefer nails that are cute and chic or bright and bold; new nail art is right around the corner. Here are 10 great ideas to share with your nail tech to give your nails a modern style upgrade. And, if you’ve ever considered doing nails professionally, check out our esthetics program to learn how you could become a nail technician and set next year’s trends for clients of your own.
Metallic nails have been popping up everywhere. And the metallics trend, which has been around for quite a few years now, doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. One of the biggest reasons it seems to be so trendy is its adaptability, just ask your nail technician. A sheer rose-gold manicure is subtle enough for the office but feminine enough for a romantic date night. A bold chrome shade in a silver sheen or a primary color makes a bold statement that goes with anything. Choose your favorite color in a metallic shade to enjoy on your nails.
It’s true that the stiletto nail is a heavily on-trend nail, but the ballerina nail has quickly gained popularity over the last few years. It’s an effective option for someone who loves long nails but is a bit nervous about those pointy nail ends. The ballerina has a long, elegant shape with a squared-off tip, resembling the pointe shoe of a ballerina. Plus, this shape also works well with a more moderate iteration, working well for anyone who isn’t able to have super-long nails.
If the chrome feeling of metallics isn’t enough for you, consider trying out glittery nails instead. As with metallics, it’s super-easy to tone this look down or amp it up, depending on what you’re looking for. A neutral nail tone with a sweep of opalescent or glittery topcoat gives you a gentle, on-trend look. If you’re looking to go out, you can instead try for rock-star sweeps of gold and silver or any color that strikes your fancy. You can also experiment with different sizes of glitter, from tiny granular pieces to larger sequined ones.
Modern French Tips
When you think of French manicures, you may think of a wide, square white tip. However, the modern French manicure is all about super-slim tips in whatever color you want. You can even opt for a neutral-toned base nail, then a colorful tip, flipping the classic French manicure style on its head, or go for a metallic or glitter-coated tip.
One super-unique trend is that of naked nails. Similar to the “no-makeup makeup look”, this style shows off your natural nails. You can get this look with a neutral shade in your skin tone or with a light pink or brown, depending on your skin shade. If you want an even more naked look, try a coat of clear polish. Just remember that this means you’ll need to take extra-special care of the nail and cuticle.
The monochrome nail has been gaining popularity, especially with extremely bold colors. This is a straightforward, no-frills manicure using just a single nail polish color. You can often get away with surprisingly strong colors, like cobalt blue, which will mix and match with an astonishing number of different styles.
The simple stripe is a visually striking way to modernize your nails. With this trend, you can choose to include a number of different stripes, a single thin stripe, a unique wide or angled stripe, crisscrossed stripes, and stripes of contrasting colors. Creativity is a great addition to the stripes look.
If you have an eye for something artistic, consider trying out this unique and artsy look. Start with a coating of a neutral base, then add strokes of a contrasting color to the tips of the nails. You can change exactly where you put the brushstrokes for different appearances. A diagonal swipe may create a dreamy effect, whereas an all-over appearance can create an artistic look.
Ombré Pastel Nails
Ombré styles in delicate shades can be a great way to create a subtle look. Layer two or three of your favorites, like pink, baby blue, lavender, and light yellow, creating a rainbow effect on the nail. Let the color you’ve just put down dry partially, then blend in a new layer to effectively create the ombré.
Riding the waves of Bohemian clothing styles that have been consistently popular in fashion over the last few years, henna designs, inspired by intricate Hindu cultural patterns, can look incredible on your nails. Try them out in the traditional brown colors or try out some brighter colors for a contrasting look. You can use a Sharpie or a fine nail art brush to create these designs.
As you can see, there are nearly endless ways to create nail art that’s on-trend and uniquely “yours.” If you’re looking for even more ways to craft art around beauty, the Ogle School cosmetology program may just be for you. Get in touch today to learn more.