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Whether you’re a DIY-er or loyal to the salon, summer nail trends for 2020 apply to all—and they’re good. So good, that I actually wiped the dust off the polish collection I haven’t used in months since stay-at-home orders went into effect. And for someone whose routine is as no-frills as it gets, that’s a pretty big deal.Read more
The brainchild of nail artist Isabel May, this eclectic nail art idea was a product of experimentation, thanks to the copious amounts of time May's had in U.K. lockdown.Read more
Last year, I discovered a nail fad called Apres Gel-X, which is a type of nail extension that's supposed to be less damaging than the acrylic kind but just as durable, so I decided to go to my nail salon and try them out for myself. The verdict? I loved them! The problem? The cost. When my go-to nail salon closed due to COVID restrictions a few months back, I figured it'd be the perfect time to invest in the Apres Gel-X Extension Kit ($94) and try my hand at creating salon-worthy manicures on my own.
So while you probably still won't be back to your regular social schedule, and masks aren't going anywhere anytime soon, these are the nail designs that can restore at least a bit of normalcy — and some fun to boot.
Metta advises: "For one-off nail extensions or overlays, it’s best to go for a soak-off solution that can be easily removed."
“This summer we’ll see a lot of neons. It’s trending not just in nails, but in fashion as well. I think people are craving color to stimulate their everyday life, so bright neon shades are trending.”
There's one nail trend that I think has gotten a bum rap in recent years: glitter nails. Although I don't paint my nails that much now, I was a huge fan of nail art a few years ago. I'd get so many intricate designs, but one favorite look that I got for New Year's Eve 2015 was a statement-making, super-shiny glittery ombré design. I remember being so transfixed with my nails the entire night; I think I was more excited about my nails than the new year, to be honest. I loved it so much I even saved the Snapchat I took of it (see the relic below).
The best way to remove your dip powder nails is to head back into the salon. The process is a bit involved, and a nail technician will get the best results without damaging your natural nail. The method is similar to gel polish removal. First, the top coat and some of the color is filed down with a file or an electric nail file. Then, the nails are soaked in 100% acetone to dissolve the remaining color. You can do this by soaking a cotton ball in acetone, placing it on your nail, and wrapping your finger in foil. You’ll need to let it sit for at least 10 minutes. By then, the color should be gone entirely, ready to start over. Just remember that acetone can be very dehydrating, so treat your fingers to some extra love with good cuticle oil. Even the prettiest of nails won’t look nice on lizard hands.
The finish line is here. The God-forsaken year that was 2020 has come to an infinite close. And while not everything will not be going back to normal by any means, everyone is slowly but surely trying to find things that can remind them of how things used to be. The best January 2021 nail designs are shining examples of that, more elaborate than you may have seen in a long time.
I love that they give you two different types of forms to try out so you can see which one you prefer. This gel has a great consistency to it and is easy to learn on.
Fantasea Latex Free Foam Wedges, 100-count ($100)
These days, we're all about DIY beauty and anything with long-lasting results for less time needed in-salon. While you may have mastered the art of doing your own gel manicure or dip powder set during this time at home, acrylic nails could be a great next project, especially if you are looking for something with long wear and lots of shine.
As many Instagram nail artists have demonstrated, the best marble patterns are ones that feature no set color path. Manicurist Rachel Messick explained how the design comes together, telling NYLON, "Marble nails are an exercise in layering color and opacity to create the illusion of depth. I will typically start with a milky tint as my base color and use a combo of sparkles and jelly colors to create depth and a super pigmented white to create the veins."
Powder rooms are usually the most highlighted areas within a house. Given their size, they are no exception to the phrase “good things come in small packages”. Don’t you agree? They prove that even the smallest spaces can make the biggest impact and are the perfect place to make your design fantasies a reality.
The powder room is a great space to have a little fun and an expressive mirror may provide just the right dose of playfulness. Mirrors are the most simple ways to add a fresh spin and spruce up the space.
You get a lot of product for the money with six one-ounce tubes. For colors, you have a nice range that’s both date and office-friendly.
Frankly, being blonde is neither easy nor is it cheap. Sure, there are a select few lucky souls naturally blessed with bright locks, but for the majority of us (even if you were naturally blonde as a kit), we rely on pricey in-salon color treatments to maintain our fair-haired tresses. Aside from the high-maintenance up-keep and pricey appointments with your trusted colorist of choice, there’s also the issue of upkeep in between touch-ups.
For extremely small spaces, softer, more elegant lighting works best. “A play of mirror paired with ambient lighting can create an illusion of more space and can also add to the bling,” aver Shah & Patwardhan.