Polished Pinkies- Spring Trends for Nails

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a bit of a nail polish junkie. It is one of my favourite ways to have some fun that is low cost and low commitment.

Nail polish trends come and go but there’s always something new and exciting coming down the pike. The latest craze in manicures is currently being offered by UK nail polish bland Ciaté. Sold at Sephora, their recently launched kits allow you to create what they have dubbed the “Caviar mani”. Essentially, the manicure consists of spreading tiny beads across wet nail polish. Drying time is about 20 minutes and the finished product is a show stopping 3D manicure. The kits come in three colours, rainbow, black pearls and mother of pearl. The original caviar manicure debuted at Cushnie et Ochs’ Fall 2011 runway show where manicurists applied beads from the designer’s line to models’ nails. The manicure was designed to look as though ultra-expensive Beluga caviar has been spread across your fingertips.

Songstress Adele brought the Louboutin Inspired Manicure to the mainstage at this year’s Grammy Awards. Created by Ciaté’s creative director, Mike Pollock, this mani is designed to mimic the iconic scarlet-soled shoes. The first step in achieving the look is filing your super long nails into an oval shape. Next, paint the underside of your nails red (or any other colour) and the upside a different colour.

For a change that can be subtle or substantial try an ombré manicure. The trend that has popped up everywhere from clothing to haircolour has officially made its way to your fingertips. This look consists of your polish grading from light to dark on each nail. If trying it at home, when nails are still wet apply topcoat to blend together.

Making a comeback this year is the French manicure. Instead of pale pinks and soft whites, this year’s version involves using contrasting colours or, for even more fun, bright neons on your fingertips. Inspired by the Frenchie is the Half Moon manicure (or reverse French manicure) which involves applying the lighter coloured polish against your cuticles in a rounded shape, and the darker hue towards the tips.

By Kim England