IN BETWEEN WORK, THE GYM AND TRYING TO SQUEEZE IN SOME KIND OF DATING LIFE, THE CARNIVAL OF LONDON LIVING CAN LEAVE US PUSHING NAIL CARE FURTHER AND FURTHER DOWN OUR PRIORITIES LIST. YET, MAKING TIME FOR YOU AND YOUR TALONS IS A WORTHWHILE SACRIFICE, THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR IS MATCHES THE HIGH OF A BOUNCY BLOW-DRY OR THE TRIUMPHANT GAIT OF THE NEWLY SHOD LADY. WE GIVE YOU THE LOW DOWN ON THE MOST INDULGENT NAIL TRENDS TO TRY THIS YEAR.
Any lady with a mere hint of magpie tendencies won’t be able to deny the allure of opal nails. There is something deliciously intriguing about the opal; a stone steeped in tales of superstition, associated with evil and bad luck. Yet for all this tales of misfortune, we can’t help but be hypnotised by the sea of kaleidoscopic colours that shimmer deep into the stone’s mineroloid composition. Opalescent nails are set to be big this season and can be expected to adorn elegant hands over the upcoming months.
During the 90s the French manicure suffered the same fate as the Burberry check which found itself brandished over knock off caps, sweaters and jackets and adopted by the 90’s ‘CHAV.’ The burberry check found itself accompanied by the once classic and elegant french manicure which had become instead an acrylic monstrosity paired with tango-ed palms and dubious slicked back ponytails. Since these dark times both Burberry and the french manicure have thankfully recovered. Although there still remains the argument among the fash pack that the french manicure is terribly dated and one to avoid at all costs. But let’s not get bogged down in the trends, the french manicure is the equivalent to a crisp white shirt and hits all the right notes if you’re channeling ‘chic.’ Make sure the tips aren’t too thick and steer clear of acrylic nails, unless they are short and not too obvious. If you really must fit adhere to the trends, then swap out the white tip for a dash of glittery gold, a sliver of black or red for a modern twist.
Perhaps one of the strangest trends to hit the catwalk during New York’s, Fall, 2016 shows were fuzzy digits. Libertine teamed up with CND to produce this bizarre take on nail art. The first thing that strikes us is the overt impracticality of the look; we’re not sure how fuzzy topped talons would survive the morning’s ablutions never mind the weekly merry-go-round of domestic duties, gym, work and play.
The Power Nail
Red nails are the fail safe weapon of the power dresser. A mere slick of red paint will punctuate any outfit with just the right amount of fierce. For a contemporary twist ask your nail technician for half moon nail-beds. Colour wise, oxblood first hit the runway back in 2012 and shows little sign of loosing it’s lustre; for moody nails with a hint of grunge-luxe, choose oxblood or plump for a pillarbox red for a more classic take.
Cable nails emerged onto the nail trend scene last year but looks certain to endure well into 2016. Achieving the look is pretty complex and for those who are still struggling to master a simple lick of paint without spilling the entire contents of the bottle over your hands/carpet then it might be best to leave tackling this design to a professional. For a spring update, opt for soft pastel colours eg: blush pink, soft greys, and baby blues.