As nail art takes a minimalistic turn this season, it’s no surprise that metallic accents and colour blocking (plus a combination of the two) are the must-have nail art trends for spring/summer.
Silver Linings Playbook
“From Chanel to The Blonds, we saw metallic in all forms, from a solid silver metallic nail to metallic lines as accents,” explains Alicia Torello, celebrity manicurist for OPI. “For me, inspiration always comes from jewellery,” says Rita Remark, lead nail artist and global lead educator for Essie Canada. “I incorporate metallic accents so that they appear tastefully, as though they were a ring or necklace.” To add a different variety of metallic accents to your clients’ nails, Remark suggests doing glitter, like Essie Set in Stones, and focusing it just along the cuticle or the tip.
“Colour blocking is such a great way to ease your clients into nail art because if you use similar colours, it’s less of a contrast and won’t jump off the nail,” explains Remark. John Nguyen, education ambassador for CND, suggests while that the checkerboard pattern spotted at Libertine was a fun and graphic design, “changing up the angle and going diagonal, instead of using vertical or horizontal lines, makes the colour blocking a bit more unexpected and interesting.” “To tone it down for your clients, choose colours in the same earth tone family,” adds Remark, “or if you want to go eye-catching, go for a sporty-fresh red-blue combination like Essie Fifth Avenue and Butler Please.”
Put Your Hands Together
Who says you can’t combine these two designs to deliver an on-trend mani? Remark’s recommendation: “Pair silver with a light grey, gold with a taupe, or copper with a dusty mauve.” Nguyen also recommends choosing a base for colour blocking that is neutral but has a metallic finish to it, like CND Skin Tease and Lavender Lace, though Safety Pin is also a great option because it’s a silver-copper combination that acts as a neutral as well.
From left to right: Essie Set in Stones; CND vinylux Lavender Lace; CND vinylux Safety Pin; Essie Butler Please; CND vinylux Skin Tease; Essie Fifth Avenue