How To Do The Hottest New Nail Art Trends

By on July 15, 2013

How to do the hottest new nail art trends
Nail art how-to: this summer’s hottest designs

Forget boring French manicures – this summer, nails take centre stage with bright patterns and embellishments. We asked some of the industry’s best nail artists to reveal the hot new nail art looks and how to do them. Whether you prefer beads, bows and candy stripes or monochrome and metallic hues, read on and get ready to paint.


The look: Stripes and beads What the nail art expert says: “Nail art has been given an embellished makeover with highly decorated styles seen on the catwalks at Christopher Kane and Alberta Ferreti, inspiring beads, bows and stripes this season” – Michelle White, Creative Director, Frontcover Cosmetics. Get the look: To recreate the stripy look on the left, paint your nail in your chosen base colour, then apply a gloss top coat and allow to dry. Dip a nail art brush into a contrasting polish, removing excess on the neck of the bottle. Starting from bottom and working up, apply bold horizontal stripes using smooth long strokes. Alternatively, to achieve the look on the right, randomly dot a small amount of nail art glue across the nail and then, using moist dotting stick, pick and place gold micro beads. Seal with a gloss of top coat.


The look: ombré nails The nail art expert says: “The last few seasons have seen a massive craze for dipped dyed hair, clothes, and faded denim – and now you can translate that look on to your nails. Try combining a pastel base with a neon fade for a really striking look that’s totally on trend’ – Jessica Thompson, nail technician Get the look: Choose two contrasting or complimentary colours. Once you’ve applied a clear base coat, paint your chosen base colour and wait until dry. With a sponge (a make-up sponge is fine), dab the second nail colour on to the nail, starting at the top and working downwards to create a fade effect.


The look: Monochrome The nail art expert says: ‘Monochrome is the must-wear trend this season. Whether you choose to wear your monochrome nails with an equally stark ensemble or team them with bright colours, a shot of black and white is guaranteed to freshen up your look” – Karen Louise, session nail technician Get the look: Clean your nails, then apply a base coat and two coats of white polish to each nail. While the white is still tacky, use a black stripper brush to draw block lines on the nail – you’ll need a steady hand. Get creative and apply as many or as few lines as you wish for desired look. Once dry, apply a top coat and finish with cuticle oil.


The look: Regal nails The nail art expert says: “Ladies looking for something unique will love this regal look. Create the crown with gold beads from the Frontcover Nail Art Nouveau collection – or else get creative and come up with your own designs’, says Michelle White, Creative Director, Frontcover Cosmetics Get the look: Start with a double coat of your chosen colour, then create the crown shape in small sections by gently dotting with nail art glue. Use a moist dotting stick to pick up and place each micro bead. Finish with a top coat of clear gloss


The look: Pretty bows The nail art expert says: “Bows are always in style and are a cute touch for summer. They look great on toes for days when you know your feet will be on show too’, says Michelle White, Creative Director, Frontcover Cosmetics Get the look: Start with a base of pink. Dot some nail art glue on the centre of the nail, place on the bow and hold until set. For toes (right), use the nail art brush to create a contrasting fan shape, then add micro beads using nail art glue

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