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The Futuristic Mani
Fri, 25 March 2011 8:22AM
Primpers, are your nails your ‘thing?’ Do you feel ready to take on the world when your digits are ‘done?’ Is that a yes? Well, you’re in for a ton of fun this season, because nail polish and nail art are about to get a whole lot fancier (and easier). Meet the latest nail newbies that are going to rock your sockets off.
Texture is the new top coat: Right now, graphic patterns and prints, like polka dots, geometric shapes and a ton of animal-print, are where nail art is at. And it’s got to be all ten digits or nothing. Back in the old days, nail art used to be reserved for one nail only – two if you were feeling bold, but that’s just plain greedy if you ask us.
The French mani-revolution continues: Unlike last season’s daring moon mani (AKA the reverse French manicure), this winter, we’re crowning the traditional French Manicure the 2011 comeback kid. The shy-girls guide to nail art, it makes a statement, without stealing the spotlight. And the best bit? It flatters every nail shape and outfit! Try keeping your nails short and softly rounded on the edges for a natural-looking finish.
Nail strips are the busy-girls guide to manicures: Nail strips are as cool as a cucumber right now. Big on convenience, the latest crop are foolproof to apply, come in more colours, prints and styles than we’ve had hot dinners, and boast zero drying time, meaning you can literally, peel, press, trim and go. Perfect if you’re too busy to sit in a salon and watch your nail art dry, or can’t paint to save yourself. Our vote goes to Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in It Girl and Wild Child, $14.95 (on sale April).
Metallic polish makes you look made-of-money: If you’re new to nail art, take baby steps with a metallic polish. Gold and silver are the hero lacquers for the season, but if you’re keen to try something a little more daring, opt for shimmery lacquers in teal, turquoise or navy for a fresh change.
Are you already on board the nail art train?
Which trend are you most keen to try?
Do you do your own nail art?
Are you a fan of the French Mani?
Words: Eliza Ashe. Pic: Getty.
Posted by: Eliza Ashe