Textures, swirls, tie-dye and color blocks: Here at bliss, our nails are a blank canvas just waiting to become the next artistic masterpiece. We dive headfirst into all the wild nail art trends, testing the hottest colors (lilac, anyone?) and painting the funkiest patterns atop our freshly manicured tips before strutting into our office and flaunting our decorated digits. Fortunately, our office is pretty loose in terms of dress code, so nail art is encouraged.
Apparently, we're not the only ones who feel this way. Americans spent $768 million on nail polish in 2012 alone, according to Women's Wear Daily - that's a 32 percent increase from 2011! No matter how many bottles of nail polish we have, there's always a new color or pattern that intrigues us.
Here are some of the latest trends in nail art and manicures that have us reaching for our polish collection and buying a few new hues, too:
This psychedelic manicure belongs at a summer music festival, as it channels images of Woodstock and performers like the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin. Though these hippie rockers might not have painted swirly, multi-colored patterns on their nails, we think they would have appreciated a girl with a tie-dyed manicure. One of the coolest parts about this style is that no matter how many times you do it, it's never going to look the same twice, just like when you tie-dye a T-shirt.
Gather your favorite nail polish colors - we think the deborah lippmann nail laquer in girls just want to have fun and it's raining men look awesome together - and make sure you have a white polish, too. Start off with a white coat, then use a thin paintbrush to draw colorful swirls from the center outward. Once you've got the look you want, cover with a top coat and admire your work!
When my coworker came in with her cloudy black nails, I immediately grabbed her hand and asked her how she achieved the chalkboard effect. It looked like so much fun! Each nail bed becomes your own tiny message board, allowing you to express yourself in cheeky, unique ways. The trick to this trend is finding a clear top coat in a matte finish. No matter what type of funky new manicure I'm trying, I tend to rely on my deborah lippman fast track set to ensure that I 'nail' a perfect, artistic look every single time.
All you have to do is paint your nails with a dark hue (black is traditional, but a deep burgundy like deborah lippman through the fire could work, too!), cover them with the matte coat and voila! You've got your own personal chalkboard literally at your fingertips! Now, all you need are nail art pens to start telling the world what's on your mind.
As you can probably tell, we're all about the brightest, boldest hues and patterns to dress up our nails these days - it's spring, and soon summer, after all! I recently discovered the blog, Chalkboard Nails, which is the latest distraction for me these days. I've found so many different patterns and nail art ideas that I'm dying to try, and the colorblock is at the top of my list. Blogger Sarah used mod spring colors like yellow, pastel blue and pink to achieve the look, but the deborah lippman GIRLS set could be the perfect palette and a fun way to try a new set of shades with the colorblock idea!
You need tape to divide your nail into different blocks so that each section of color has precise lines. Then, finish with a clear top coat and you'll have a spectacular, bright manicure to show off to your friends.