5 Nail Jewelry
Nail art used to be limited to paint, but these days, the coolest nails may incorporate nail jewelry. You can find just about any design you want to glue on your nails, from metal skulls and diamond bows to gold leaf snowflakes and punk-rock studs. Nail jewelry can be added to paint art, like adding a crystal to the center of a star shape, or worn alone over a single color.
Caviar nails popped up on the scene a few years ago, and they show no signs of fading. Caviar nails are created by adding tiny balls to wet nail polish to create a nubby, dimensional style. Right now, white caviar is the rage, replacing the black-and-rainbow style of the past few years. This style works best for special occasions because it usually lasts only a day or two, but during that short time, your nails will be the most stylish nails in the room.
3 Geometric Shapes
Nail art is all about bold geometric shapes right now. Gone are the detailed, multicolor paintings that used to adorn the toes and fingers of every girl coming out of the nail salon. Instead, the newest shapes are simple, like squares, stars, chevrons and dots. To look right, the color you choose should be simple too. Stick to a single color for your base color and a single color for all of your shapes.
Two-tone nails have been all over the runways and all over the nails of the trendiest women. You can divide the nail in half vertically or horizontally, and in half of thirds—there is really no way to do this look wrong. Choose two of your favorite shades that either complement each other, like yellow and purple, or contrast, like black and white. Make sure there is a defined line between the colors to keep this one looking modern; soft transitions and ombre styles are so last year.
From silver glitter to gold leaf, the metal trend is rocking the nail fashion world. When working the metallics trend, you can choose a little or a lot, depending on how bold you want to be. For a hint of metal, dip the tips of your nails in metallic paint or paint a small half-moon at the base of your nails. If you want to go big, paint your nails a dark base color and paint large shapes on your nails with metallic paint. Whatever you do, subtle or bold, your look will be right on trend.