The Future of Nail Art
Wondering what the future trends in nail art design are going to look like? Well, nail art designs in the coming years may not be as wild as you think. Nail art these days is wildly different from design concepts for nails back in 2010, when customers were making outlandish requests of their manicurists. Back then, everything from sports logos, to religious symbols, to pop culture icons became fair game as decoration for people’s nails.
As a manicurist puts it, consumers then became drawn to an affordable luxury during hard economic times and were emboldened by the anything-goes nature of nail art. By 2014, however, the nail art frenzy had died down. Consumers now no longer feel the need to push the limits of what they can put on their nails. A cleaner, simpler aesthetic has started to become more popular.
Here’s a quick look at popular minimalist nail art designs today:
- Nails that are long enough get a coat or two of solid color on top, while their undersides are painted a different color. Small appliques such as pearls and crystals may also be used.
- Negative-space manicures are also popular these days. In this style, part of the nail is left bare. This style first appeared as cutouts showing bare nails amid a pattern of geometric shapes and colors.
- Single dots or stripes in vivid colors are placed on an otherwise nude nail. Sometimes, two horizontal stripes are placed on each nail.
- Colored tips are placed on nude nails, like a French-tip manicure in different colors.
- Contrasting colors such as black and white can be used for thin stripes on a solid background.
- Sheer colors can also be layered on top of metallic colors, for an antique effect, like in old jewelry.
- Nails are shaped like a ‘ballet slipper’, which is a short version of a ‘coffin’, with tapered sides and a square tip.
Despite the popular minimalist nail art trends today, nail artists say that these trends tend to be cyclical. What was considered tacky in the past may be considered fashionable in the future.
Upgrading tools and technology for nail design
Many nail brands today are focused on upgrading design technology rather than chasing down the next big thing. Recently, for instance, Sally Hansen launched an iOS try-on application called ManiMatch. ManiMatch uses a smartphone’s camera to scan a user’s skin tone and suggests appropriate shades. A virtual layer of the polish then appears to float onto the user’s fingertips.
Gel hybrid polishes have also been spreading in popularity. These polishes offer the durability of gel polish without the need for UV-light curing and time-consuming removal. Renowned brands such as Sally Hansen, OPI, Orly, and Deborah Lippmann all offer their own varieties of gel hybrid polishes.
Coming soon to US shores is Little Ondine, an odorless peel-off nail polish containing only naturally derived ingredients, including water, plant resin, and mineral pigments). Little Ondine is expected to be the next big thing in nail design, as more and more customers want to know exactly what’s in the products they use. Little Ondine is fast-drying, too, as it takes only two minutes to dry.
Nail artists are also experimenting with holographic shades of nail polish, as well as with nail polish that is loaded with vitamins.
Lisa Logan, who has worked with Beyonce and Katy Perry, is also a pioneer in her own way when it comes to nail design. She has just perfected an aquarium nail acrylic, which has a liquid-filled tip that resembles a snow globe.