Changing your nails to complement the current season is one of the easiest ways to keep your look current. Rather than going out and splurging on a whole new wardrobe or buying tons of cosmetics, why not invest in a few bottles of nail polish and let your fingers (and toes) do the talking? Thanks to the warm weather, open-toed shoes and trips to the beach, pool or lake that are all part of the season, summer is one of the best times to revitalize your polish collection. Here are three of the summer's hottest nail trends:
- Neon French manicure. The French manicure is a classic, and for good reason: It looks natural yet polished. The only drawback is that it can get a little boring. Enter neon nail polish! Neons are always popular for summer, and this year is no exception: From high-end polish companies to super cheap drugstore brands, it seems like everyone has a brand new neon collection to satisfy your appetite for '80s-era fun and frolic. Combining neon colors with the classic French mani is a surefire hit. Try using two complementary neon colors, or use black or white polish for the base and a neon color of your choosing for the tip to create an eye-catching contrast. Easy-to-use guide stickers can be purchased virtually anywhere polish is sold, or you can try to draw the tip freehand using a nail art pen. Have fun with it! (image: thesweet7.com)
- Metallic pedicure. Sandals in metallic colors – gold, silver, bronze, copper – are one of the hottest fashion trends this season. Why not paint your toes a metallic shade as well? You could match your nails to your sandals exactly, or you can mix it up by trying a silver shade with gold sandals. Metallics look great on hands as well, and if you're ready to try a nail look that is truly futuristic, check out Minx! This new nail technology involves applying an adhesive-backed film to nails for maximum shine and precision. It can be a bit pricey, however, so if you don't have the cash for a beauty salon, look for similar at-home nail adhesives at specialty cosmetic stores.
- Matte finish. When it comes to experimenting with nail trends, color isn't the only consideration. You can also look for unexpected new finishes. While most polishes are designed to give nails a shiny finish, matte polishes are taking the nail world by storm. They look tougher and far more unusual than traditional polishes, and you can choose a true matte or a slightly sparkly “suede” finish. If mattes are just a little too harsh for your taste, look for one of the brand new satin finish polishes. They combine the shine of a traditional polish with the edginess of a matte.
These nail trends are sure to keep making waves throughout the summer of 2010 and well into the next year. Related Articles: