This summer, wave goodbye to the plain block colours and embrace the crazy, creative designs on offer. Whether it is a statement look you want or a subtle style, nail art is versatile enough to suit the majority of tastes and is incredibly easy to do.
Nail art pens are on offer from several brands such as Topshop (£6.50) and Models Own (£6.00) and can be used to create patterns on the nail such as florals, stripes, polka dots and a personal favourite this season, Aztec print. A little time and practice is needed to master it and to allow more complex designs to be produced, but starting off with basic stripes and dots will enable you to create patterned nails with ease. (Tip – balance your elbow on the edge of a table or sturdy surface to reduce the hand shaking and wobbly lines!) Once you have mastered the technique and a steady hand, explore more intricate styles from multicoloured leopard patterns to bird print. The best thing about this trend is that you are not limited as to what you can do!
Another nail art trend being sported this season is the Caviar manicure as mentioned earlier. This consists of many tiny beads covering the nail resulting in a statement look. There are several colours to divulge in from the brand Ciaté which have the most well-known Caviar sets (£18) on the market. This trend is a little trickier than the nail art pens and demands both patience and precision as the beads are to be pressed into the nail polish (when wet) and a second coat is usually required. However, it is worth the time and effort as the Caviar beads give a glam edge to the nail art trend. The only thing to fault with this look is the longevity, as the beads only stay on for a couple of days so it is not a long lasting style and would need redoing. On the other hand (no pun intended) it is possible to DIY the Caviar trend with some nail polish, nail glue and small beads.
For those wary of nail art or trying out anything too outrageous, opt for nail wraps – an easy, fuss-free way of recreating the recent nail art styles. Available from ASOS
(£6.70), Boots (£6.65-£7.95) and Topshop
(£7.00), there a range of patterns and colours to ponder over and the application is relatively straightforward consisting of sticking the wrap to the nail, applying a heat source (hairdryer) and filing away the excess length. Ideal for nail art first timers or for those that want instant statement nails!