One look at the fashion week runways and street style pictures says it all: nails are fashion’s newest accessories. It seems everyone is getting their digits decked out with nail art or filed into funky shapes – and we figured we would help you master the look you’d like to get lacquered in the most. This season is all about having fun and letting your hands do the talking!
Nail art has spawned an entire culture of enthusiasts, who vamp it up with varnish and then share photos of their nails online via Instagram, Pinterest, fashion e-zines, and blogs. “Monday Manicure” is trending online these days (#mondaymanicure), as a call-out to share and upload your weekend mani on Twitter, blogs or e-zines, and encourage comments. Many even post DIY video tutorials on how to nail the most coveted or far-out looks!
We visited three popular Montreal nail salons – Rouge Nail Bar, Candy Nail Bar, and Spa St. James – to discover which mani trends are dominating.
Colour us happy!
Colours reigned supreme on the runways this spring, and nail polish trends are following suit. Women are still opting for neutrals and nudes, but for those who want to colour their world, aqua green is having a major moment. According to Tamara Di Lullo, artist and owner at Candy Nail Bar, brights like fuchsia, coral and bright orange (à la Tangerine Tango) are adding punch to nails, ensuring nails take the spotlight.
You can even bring new meaning to “colour blocking” by painting your nails two tones. Turturici recommends colour combos like red and pink, red and orange, and green and blue. Even sparkles are glistening on manis of every kind!
Get in Shape!
These days square or round nails are making way for “squoval” – a square oval hybrid that is increasing in popularity, according to Turturici at Rouge. And if you’ve seen songstresses like Rihanna and Lana Del Ray lately, you may have noticed them rocking the long and pointy look.
At Candy Nail Bar, the nail artists love almond, pointy or “stiletto” nails. Di Lullo expands: “This style of nail [has been] popular for years in Japan and now we’re seeing it more thanks to Rihanna and Adele.”
Adele took the stiletto look a step further at the Grammys – literally! – by sporting a Louboutin manicure: the undersides of her silver nails were painted red, like the shoe brand’s iconic lipstick red-lined soles.
Nail as art
Channel your inner artiste with nail art that’s sure to become the showcase of your ensemble. Nail art has taken on a life of its own, from the demure (glitter or small appliques at the corner of nails) to the all-out extreme (gel tips, 3D art, gems, and even Swarovski crystals sprucing up nails). The glamouristas who like to indulge their digits with a customized design head to Rouge Nail Bar (starting at $35) and Candy Nail Bar for the “Harajuku” treatment – their specialty! ($95).
Minx is another type of nail art taking Hollywood by storm. As a solid nail coating or appliqué featuring a deluxe pattern, it’s really a way of “extending fashion to your fingertips,” as its slogan promises. Minx is available at Spa St. James and is proving to be a popular way to go the nail art route ($55).
A mani-couture revolution!
Here are some more couture-like manicure trends, according to the pros:
Samantha Turturici at Rouge Nail Bar:
-One nail (usually the index finger) painted differently from the rest of the hand
-Painting patterns such as polka dots, hound’s tooth, Burberry plaid, or even event or holiday-themed inspirations (remember Zooey Deschanel’s “tuxedo” nails at the Golden Globes)?
Tamara Di Lullo at Candy Nail Bar:
- Creating an “ombre” effect with the nail colour, by choosing different shades of the same colour to make a gradient (going from dark to light)
- Marbling or “millefeuille” designs using gels
- The “Slim Silhouette” manicure created by celebrity manicurist Jin Soon for Sally Hansen at Prabal Gurung Spring 2012, which is a variation of half moon and v-shaped manicures, by painting the nail with a pale colour and then adding a darker shade inside the rim
With all the extreme and even simple manicure trends out there, it’s clear that nails are now doubling as canvases and yet another way of expressing your personal style. Have fun with it – and then show off your nails to a whole world of avid fans!
Rouge Nail Bar (3 locations):
3970 St. Laurent St., Montreal, 514 840 3003
2070B Crescent St., Montreal, 514 507 3002
65 Fairmount Ave. W., Montreal, 514 507 3003
Candy Nail Bar
6218 Rue Saint Hubert, Montreal, 514 276 7835, candynailbar.com
Spa St. James
2190 Crescent St., Montreal, 514 844 4590, www.spastjames.com
To indulge your nail art fascination, check out these popular blogs dedicated to the phenomenon:
www.sometimesfancy.com (Montreal-based writer Lindsay Smith shares her latest manis in her “Daily Polish” posts)