So hopefully everyone who reads this blog is clear on the prevailing trends of the season. The issue is how to transfer those trends onto such a small surface such as nails. A cowboy hat doesn’t easily work out in 3-d, and you can’t really make cancan hats your nail theme (well you could, but…).
But there have been some good trends showing up in nails and many are extremely easy for the novice nailist.
I keep seeing you guys on your blogs showing your coordinates, but I’ve been witnessing a nail lack as of late. With the exception of blooomzy’s lovely Minnie nails and Violet LeBeaux’s crafty princess hands, which are both fabulous.
netizen translation: MOAR NAILZ PUREEZ!
Unlike old gal habits of extreme hair bleaching and tanning which have lessened, nails are still popular! The great thing about nail trends is you don’t need to have much skill to put on a coat of popular polish. The fabulous part of going with nails is you’re extending your gal look even further when you choose to stick with nail trends.
Ethnic nails are the answer to those trying out a western style or going with floral prints. They showcase texture and color instead of hard lines or noticeable design. SCawaii March issue features 2 beautiful sets.
Close-up of the process.
They painted the nail a lovely eggshell turquoise (a bit of a Tiffany Blue ) and then used a sponge to apply gold paint.
This is such a great style to try at home for novice nailists! I promise you this will be seen on my hands before summer is out. :waves:
I can’t say I’m really feeling these nails because the technique looks a bit too simple to be true. I’d love to see this tried and if it was successful :!:
Vibrant & Nude Nails
The June Jelly has 6 pages of nails and the main trends they’re showing are the rise of nude nails and also vibrant color nails.
Nude fits a western and floral choice. Vibrant suits celeb, Agejo, and mode styles.
As Jelly says Spring Nails are “Nude” or “Vivid”.
Vibrant Colors featuring several fruity colors look cute with a red bandana on Naomi Arai
Nude (or Nudey in Katakana-ism) looks beautiful with the mori-style gold jewelry Mana Honda is wearing
The next three pages show how to match your current trend favorite to your nails
Bohemian Style done in Nude and Vivid. It’s nice to see the black & floral mix.
How to work Marine on both. The cheap gold beads are easy to shape into an anchor. Great for a novice nailist
Retro French using different colors is also trending in Popteen May issue.
How Jelly actually intends on separating Ethnic and Bohemian is their game to play. However, my guess is Ethnic nails are just too much a boom and it’s best to show more. I really love the Jewel mix of both styles :upheart:
Jelly advertises how to get simple gel nails for around 5,000 yen (appox. $52.00). Gel nails are often the trend for older gals (like Jelly readers) who are actually working and need simple yet stylish nails.
I applaud Popteen for having a nail section in each issue However, it’s mainly used to showcase pro salons instead of giving tips or showing simple DIY versions like Jelly did.
Although many gals choose salons based on this information and request the exact same nails. Nail salons have books of previous nail art (especially if models got them) showing off their nails. Many gals go into salons and request the same nails their favorite models did.
Originality is left up to the nailists
May issue of Popteen shows Kira Kira Heavy Nails that are ones with parts and other designs on them. If you need nail parts for yourself check out etsy sellers and dekoden.jp which ships internationally.
The May issue also shows Color-on-color French Nails. While their designs are pretty intricate. Choosing to do random color french is definitely a job that can be done at home
If you haven’t gotten the memo in the clothing stores or fashion magazines Popteen June issue announces yet again Marine is Back! Yet again cute Marine Nails are flooding the nail market. I regret not getting any Marine nails last year, maybe some this year for me
Tip: Painter’s Tape found at any hardware store when cut into strips makes great simple stripe boundaries.
Fabulous styles done with bold turquoise accents make me drool all over these Ethnic nails!
I’m really loving all the nail styles this season. So many options and I like the simple to intricate choices you can make depending on mood or style.
I also want to see more photos NAILS NAILS NAILS! I might have to hold a contest with giveaway for the best in season nails. It’s really tempting. I guess once I work on prizes it’ll be set-up