Swirls, 90s vibes, or 3D jelly nails - we have the inspiration for the next nail salon visit that you need now...
Nail salons are finally allowed to reopen! All of the colorful summer manicure trends that you have already saved on Instagram are finally ready to be tried.
If you don't know exactly what to try first, we have the perfect looks for your first visit to the nail salon. We asked three talented nail artists to create three versions of each of these summer nail art trends: swirls, 90s vibes, and 3D gels.
Amy Le (@ amyle.nails) from Los Angeles implements the manicure trends simply, sometimes minimalist, sometimes maximalist, but always in the 70s style.
Fast forward to the '90s and you have the looks from Chan (@clawgasmic). "The 90s always bring back happy memories in people," says the nail artist. "With last year's uncertainty, it's so nice to just reflect on a time that was fun, lighthearted, and relaxed. The fashion was bold, comfortable, and carefree. The pressures of certain 2021 wonders didn't exist, and - mine In my opinion - the music was absolutely iconic. " You will surely have the TLC song "No Scrubs" in mind when you see what she came up with.
And the most summery of all nail art trends are 3D jelly nails, which Miki Higuchi (@mynameismikinail) implemented for us. The nail artist is from Japan and brought the textured, water-like look she's been doing for years to Akiko Nails in New York City. We're pretty sure you'll see more of the Jelly Nails this summer.
Swirls are the ultimate nail trend of 2021. And the best thing about it? Amy Le says you can easily do the look yourself - no matter how skillful you are at nail design. In addition, swirls suit everyone. "They look good on any nail length and shape," says Le.
All three of Amy Les Vortex Wonders require two tools: nail polish and a striping brush. "You don't need anything expensive," says Amy Le. "If you search for 'nail art brushes' on Amazon, you will find them immediately." An ultra-fine eyeliner brush works too. Just be sure to clean it with nail polish remover before putting it back in your makeup bag.
For this neutral, restrained trend, first prime your nails with a basecoat. Next, use the striping brush to paint a squiggly line with white nail polish on the corners of each nail. "You can then fill this corner directly with the same paint," explains Amy Le. Finally, add a top coat to create a shiny finish, and that's it!
For everyone who still has Harry Styles' song "Watermelon Sugar" in mind, Amy Le has the perfect, playful summer nail art look for you - and to be honest, for the singer himself. The vibes go perfectly with the song, or?
As with the last few swirls, start with a base coat of clear, milky-nude-colored lacquer. Then add dabs of watermelon pink and luscious green using the same thin striper brush. "It's best not to think too much about the lines," says Le, "then it's a lot easier."
If you want to leave your swirls to a professional, this rainbow Sherbert style set is a perfect choice. The multi-colored swirl requires a little more concentration, skill, and patience. Leave it to nail artists who have already done this several times (and support a local company).
When you come to your appointment, nail artist Amy Le recommends bringing a few different versions of your favorite swirl nail art. "My suggestion is not just to show a photo and ask the nail artist to imitate that, because that's where things get tricky," she explains. "Tell them what you like, pick out a few of your favorite colors, and then let them do what they do best."
French manicure is still popular. However, it is now being reinterpreted and there are many variants of the once traditional white arches. Cheeky designs and colors make the French look modern. "Be brave with your nail tips and have fun with patterns, neon colors, and shapes," says Chan. "Plus, it's less noticeable when your nails grow out, and so great for making your manicure a little longer."
Chan paints the pattern with the intensely pigmented gels with a wafer-thin striping brush on half of each nail tip. Then the crescent shape is completed with either teal, lemon yellow, or watermelon pink before graphic neon accents are painted on again with the fine brush.
Classic nail polish works for this look too, but Chan recommends using only those that are as opaque as the gels. "And do each design one at a time, letting the sections in between dry to keep the colors from blending together," she adds.
Of course, Cher's iconic plaid pattern in "Clueless" had to be part of Chan's 90s-inspired nail art trio. Cher's iconic yellow plaid costume inspired Chan's second '90s vibe-inspired nail art. "Even after all these years, this scene and outfit are something we all remember," explains Chan. "I loved 'Clueless' so much, and as soon as I think of the 90s, I have that scene in my head."
Just like with the last French manicure, Chan paints the check pattern with a wafer-thin brush and the gel varnishes on half of each nail. "My tip is to always use your little finger for these looks to get really precise lines," says Chan.
The cuff trend of the past few years, where the cuticle is edged with a metallic shade over another color for an inverted French, is making the rounds again, says Chan. She couldn't help but combine 90s vibes and the shape of French manicure with it to create that retro color block moment. The butter yellow, sky blue, and chewing gum pink shapes were framed with shimmering gold lines. With this picture, we definitely go to our next nail appointment.
Ombre gradient water glasses in a vintage shop inspired this clear ROYGBIV 3D jelly nail set. As if that wasn't beautiful enough, Miki Higuchi also added metallic accents and decorated the nails with silver rings.
For this look, it is best to go to your trusted nail artist, because this summer nail trend requires a lot of materials and a high degree of skill to shape the transparent varnishes and gels in this fascinatingly sculptural way.
If you are feeling good in craftsmanship, you can also use a hot glue gun and glued-on nails to get a similar texture, but please don't experiment on your natural nails.
Miki Higuchi has a penchant for tiny stones that she finds on the beach or in pearl shops. She sacrificed her most beautiful stones for this 3D jelly nail look. "I thought even short nails would look pretty if I decorate them properly," she says - and we 100% agree. At home, you can glue small, clear stones or pearls onto your nails, sealing them with a clear varnish.
Miki Higuchi swears by it that sheer nails will be all the rage this summer. For this look, Miki Higuchi layered clear nail gel on top of each other to create a three-dimensional look. For this eye-catching look, you should also visit your trusted nail artist.