We’re breaking down trends, techniques and products to help you achieve sizzling nail looks all summer long.
Holographic nails continue to be one of the biggest trends in nails. What makes their hypnotic power of holographic nails so alluring? It’s all about the microscopic particles of nail powders reflecting light and casting that special eye-catching sheen.
“A holographic effect is created when pigment or glitter are used on nails reflecting rainbows when light hits them,” says Jessica Vero, a Vancouver- based educator for Morgan Taylor and Gelish, and owner of Vero & Co. “It’s quite reflective so it definitely makes a statement.”
Though colours can vary, depending on what the client wants, Vero says if yours is looking for something intense, you can apply holographic pigments and glitters to dark nails. “Start with a darker base because it really makes the look pop,” says Vero. “Next, I put on a rubber glove and use my index finger to rub the holographic pigment onto the nail. When you apply the pigment, you want to use a little strength to help it adhere and create the true rainbow effect. To finish, apply a gel topcoat over the nails and cure.”
If your client prefers a toned-down variation for everyday wear, she suggests the Morgan Taylor Lacquer Platinum Collection, which has six different holographic shades that even the most conservative client can feel comfortable wearing.
Neon and On and On
For spring/summer 2019 at Paris Fashion Week, the CND Design Lab created vibrant nail looks for fashion designer Manish Arora’s ’80s-inspired show. And IRL (in real life), neon nails continue to be hot, especially for summer and festival nail looks. “I think we see neon a lot because of younger clients,” says Valerie Ducharme, a Montreal-based and Contessa-winning nail technician. “Older clients might be more conservative [about neon nails] but we’re seeing a lot of coral and orange nails for summer.”
Ducharme, who worked with the CND Design Lab at New York Fashion Week, says she’s seeing more people taking risks with their nails. “People want to express themselves and who they are,” she says. “Put on what you love, show your personality and wear colour. Being different is a trend.”
How to make the 3D nail-art trend wearable for your clients.
For Manish Arora’s SS19 show at Paris Fashion Week, CND Design Lab artist Torie Bastian created a rainbow rose using CND Retention Liquid + Powder, and featured 11 different shades, applied to accent nails.
Photo Credits: CND