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Nail Trends


One glance at pinterest will tell you that extravagant nails are trending right now.  Nails are the mini-accessories of your hands, so it’s no wonder that you want to spruce them up.  Read on for the top nail trends of 2016.


Nail Art
For those who have the artistic prowess, using each nail as a mini-canvas can leave you with stunningly beautiful nails.  You can purchase nail art kits with tiny stencils, brushes, dotting pens, etc. to make the job just a little easier.  Many people paint pictures of their fandom (such as Disney princesses, a movie, or a TV show), of animals, nature scenes, or just fun patterns and swirls.  You can also use tape to help paint specific patterns.  If you don’t have the artistic skills yourself, you can always get an adorable nail wrap.

Nail Wraps
There are many popular nail wrap companies such as Jamberry, Scratch, and Rad Nails that produce adorable nail decals for the artistically challenged.  They go on quick and easy, and then they stay on for at least two weeks.  You can get nearly any design with a wrap, from solid colors to swirls, checkers, and more.  Nail wraps come on sheets of nail decals that you then cut to fit your nail and press on.  They normally cost about $7 a manicure.  Some people don’t like them because they can be tricky to apply, but once you get the hang of it, they are quite fun and easy.


Nail Gems
Applying rhinestones and glitter to your nails is a trendy way to bedazzle your manicure.  You can buy nail rhinestones, or any normal rhinestones to apply to your nails.  In order to apply the gems to your nails, you need to apply the gems when they are still wet but not wet enough to smudge.  Use an applicator such as tweezers or a toothpick to apply them where you want.   After they are placed where you want, apply a top coat to “glue” them into place.  Just be aware that placing on top of a stone can dull it’s sparkle, so you may need to paint around the gem with a fine brush.

Creative French Tips
This blog puts creative french tipped nails as one of the top beauty trends of 2016.  Many people are taking the traditional french tip to the next level by creating a “V” tip, covering half the nail, adding patterns or an ombre design to the tip, or even nail gems to accentuate the look.  It is also popular to paint the tip a color that isn’t natural, like green or purple.  So go ahead and try something new!


The Accent
A popular trend is to paint all your nails the same color except for one.  There are many rumors as to how this trend got started, from a statement of sexual orientation, reminding themselves not to text and drive, to it being purely economical (in some nail salons, they used to charge you per nail rather than for a full set).  No matter how it got started, it is a fun trend that is here to stay!

All White
Many celebrities and fashionistas have opted for an all white nail.  It is a classy yet bold look that makes your nails stand out.  If you are attending a black tie affair or just want to look smashing for a night out on the town, the all white nail is for you.

Horizontal Lines
Painting a thin, dark, horizontal line on your nail is a popular trend that has been compared to wearing a stiletto on your finger.  The line elongates your nail, making them look long and classy in a simple way.  If you’re not a very good painter, you can get a long nail sticker to achieve this look without the mess.


Sparkle Nails
Adding a hint of sparkle to your nails has always been a popular trend.  Matte is flat and quite boring.  Opt for polishes that have small glitter particles if you’re going for a gentle sparkle or larger particles if you want a more fun and flirty look.

Metallic
Chrome nails are becoming more and more popular.  They add sparkle and shine without the juvenile feel of glitter.

No matter what you do to your nails, manicures are here to stay, so why not add a splash of color.

Let's discuss: Which nail trend are you most likely to do? 

Annmarie John
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  1. I am obsessed with Nail Art right now! It's crazy how artistic and creative people can be. I really wished I knew how to paint nails that good <3

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    1. Oh I wish I was as creative myself too. I usually go to the salon and get mine done.

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  2. Those are some awesome nail art ideas. I have no patience to do this on my own. Good thing is that ny sister's good with it! :)

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    1. Oh I'm not good either and I also don't have the patience to sit and try and do it. I pay to get mine done. Wish I had a sister like yours to do it.

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  3. Sadly, I have to go to the salon to have my nails done. I'm totally left handed and when I try to paint with my right hand, it looks like a toddler did it. I'm pitiful when it comes to doing my own nails. :) Love ALL these trends!

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    1. I'm loving them too. I used to do the gel but it has damaged my nails so badly that I now only do wraps.

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  4. I have used regular nail polish as well as the wraps. I loved the wraps because it gave a nice professional look, but now, I rarely do my nails. I find it faster to just polish, but they don't set or dry as fast as the wraps. I also love the bejeweled look! Now, If I can just find the patience to apply a few.

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    1. The bejeweled look really is nice isn't it? I love it too. I myself love the wraps because it looks so much nicer.

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  5. I love the accent trend. It is too cute. I also like art and gems. So many different ways to be creative.

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    1. There are lots of ways to be creative when it comes to your nails, all it needs is your imagination.

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  6. Heather Stone BrodbeckJune 10, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    My mom is really good with nail art. I am just happy if I get my hand to look half way decent lol. I haven't tackled the nail wraps but I do want to as I have seen so many pretty and fun ones out there.

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    1. There are LOTS of really nice ones and I've tried quite a few from Jamberry.

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  7. I really love all of these nail ideas, I used Jamberry nails recently because they just are easier for me but I am loving these options you shared too!

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    1. Jamberry is truly amazing and there are so many different designs to choose from, you really can't go wrong.

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  8. Thanks for some cute nail options, I love all of the variety you have here. Nail art can be super cool!

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    1. Yes they can Sarah. Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. These are all great nail trends that I am going to have to try for sure. I love the idea of the nail gems and the chrome nails. Thanks for sharing the trends.

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    1. You're very welcome Rebecca and if you try any of the trends, you've got to share them with us.

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  10. I love the idea of nail wraps - I just haven't found any that last more than a few days. I'm hard on my hands, and don't baby them at all. I need to find something more durable, because I love the look of a pretty manicure!

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    1. I love the look myself as well and you might find me doing mine a bit more when I'm going out. I always make sure I have pedicures though, but manicures are an entire different ballgame.

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  11. I have never tried nail wraps before as my nails are so short I don't think I could do any justice with them. I love gel nails with a simple french manicure. I also like the shellac with a one nail usually a sparkly colour. I really need to get my nails done but the garden isn't done and I like to dig in the dirt :)

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    1. Well until your garden is done, I'd say stay away from manicures. You want your nails to look great after a mani. :)

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  12. I might try the new way of doing French tips. I think that would be fun!

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    1. Oh yes it would be! I think you'd look great!

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  13. I honestly don't do a thing with my nails ever because of the constant photography, gardening, play, etc. BUT, the wraps seem pretty cool. I should try them.

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    1. Tamara I think you'd look amazing with wraps. You should really give them a try.

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  14. I love the look of the white dots on the back base, so classy! My favourite way to get my nails done is with French tips but I think I will try the black and white in the future!

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    1. French Tips is so classic and always look great with anything.

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  15. I love the multi-colored nails! And, I love nail art. You can really create such beautiful art as the nails make a great canvas. I wish my polish lasted longer!

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    1. It really all depends on the brand of polish. I've noticed that Essie and OPI tend to last a lot longer than the cheaper polishes.

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  16. I love this! Such cute designs too. I don't get my nails done too often, but these are definitely styles I'll have to try out.

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    1. You should treat yourself to a professional manicure ever so often. I tend to do get mine done at least twice a month.

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  17. Very cute stuff! When I do my nails, which isn't often, I use Jamberry Nail Wraps. I love those things, and get a little addicted to them! lol

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    1. Oh I know about the addiction. I used to be addicted myself.

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  18. I never paint my finger nails! I guess I am not likely to do any of them! They always chip and peel before I can do anything!

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    1. That is totally ok. Not everyone likes getting their nails done. It's not for everyone.

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  19. Fabulous nail arts I love to copy them all but sadly I don’t have the time or the artistic expertise to apply them on my nails. I love the French tips idea I will try that the next time I visit the salon.

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    1. Oh I don't have the expertise either, but that's why you would go to the salon and have them do it for you.

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