4 nail art trends to try

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Remember when painting your nails only involved applying two coats of your favourite shade and that was it? So boring, right?

Playing around with textures, patterns and colours has become more and more popular over the years and ‘feature nail’ is now as common a phrase as ‘manicure’. And because we know you guys can’t get enough of nail art, we asked Bio Sculpture Gel’s master Japanese nail artist, Tomoko Namba what nail art trends and techniques we can look forward to seeing in the coming year.

EMBELLISHED PASTELS

For summer it’s all about soft, feminine pastel colours with floral embellishments, dots and stripes.
Try: Bio Sculpture Nail Polish in Audrey, PiCture pOlish in Sky, or Revlon ColorStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Buttercup with Fing’rs Nail Art Variety Pack applied over the top.

SUBTLE BLENDING

Gradation, ombré and blending colours together are stunning techniques to look out for.
Try: Bio Sculpture Nail Polish in Lilac Lullaby and Bio Sculpture Nail Polish in Royal Turban orBio Sculpture Nail Polish in Eclipse and Bio Sculpture in Cast Iron.

MONOCHROME

Black and white monochrome nails with geometric patterns and metallic and foil nails also continue to be a hit.
Try: Elegant Touch Envy Wrap Bling in Dotty Monochrome, Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Tri-bal it On, 1000 Hour 3D Nail Wraps In Matilda, or Ulta3 Nail Stickers.

3D NAILS

Textured nails are making a big impact in Australia and more edgy looks – like using studs – continue to be a big trend.
Try:1000 Hour Premium Nails Diamante Stones, Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Textured Nail Colour, orFace of Australia Limited Edition Carnivale in Summer Lovin’ (out October 16).

TOMOKO’S LIST OF ESSENTIAL NAIL ART TOOLS:

1. A good, quality nail polish.
2. A fine-detail nail art brush. (Try: Nailery Nail Art Brush, $4.95, www.nailery.com.au)
3. A dotting tool. (Try: Cutex Cuticle Sticks)
4. Stripping tape. (Try: Nailery Stripping Tape, $2.80, www.nailery.com.au)

Do you like to experiment with different nail looks? What nail art trends have you noticed and loved?

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