Although we’ve been peeping forwards into the on-coming spring and summer trends for beauty, we mustn’t forget the here and now. It’s still winter time (just look outside and check!) and the biggest winter trend of the minute for nails is minimalism.
Simple, striking and super artistic, this nail art trend is sweeping its way through the likes of Instagram and Pinterest and we’re loving it. We’ve seen minimalistic stripes, simplistic geometric designs and even sole nail art creations, with only 1 out of 10 nails taking part. It might require a seriously steady hand, or better yet a seasoned professional, but this trend is sure to make your manicure stand out for all the right reasons.
If you fancy giving this look a go, beautifully manicured fingers are a must. Cuticles are pristine and nails perfectly shaped – usually short and rounded for this trend.
This look really nails the trend. Sweeping a perfectly neat curve of metallic gold along the cuticle line creates this soft, but directly on-trend, manicure. Nails are super short and rounded and kept immaculately shiny with a polished top coat.
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Using gold foil strips, this nail artist has created the perfect zig-zag nail art. The pastel blue is the perfect colour for this time of year, but the nude with gold, on one finger only, ensures there’s nothing plain about this manicure. This blink and you’ll miss it styling is exactly what the minimal nail art trend is all about.
Because minimalistic nail art is all about making the most of the natural nail as much as possible, it can lead to some pretty striking designs. For instance, manicurist, Marian Newman, created this gorgeous manicure by affixing dried micro-flowers onto nail with a clear top coat. The result? Stunning floral nails with an element of minimalism that’s totally in-keeping with the trend.
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If you’re more into dots than stripes, this is the look for you. With eye-wateringly glazed clear polish as a base coat, add a chic centre dot detail as your minimalistic focal point. This look has started to be seen hugely on social media this season with either a bright and bold colour, like this red, or keeping it even simpler with black. This is a great alternative for red nails with Valentine’s day approaching next month.
For a little geometric detailing, this monochrome look is simple, yet striking. Working slightly better on nails with some added length, this look will get you noticed for all the right reasons. With straight lines and spacing fundamental for this flawless look, it might be one best left to the professionals.
If you’re a fan of ultra-long nails, take a break from colour and try this simplistic nail art look. Keep the base clear and super shiny, using your favourite nail colour to sweep a line from the tip of the nail to the middle. It gives the illusion of your nails being even longer and is a simple and (fairly) easy way to trial the trend.
Attention to detail is key for this minimalistic nail art trend. Whether you opt for straight lines or simple dots, make sure they are perfectly applied and covered in a strong, nail-protecting, top coat to ensure you keep them as long as possible. Now, excuse us while we nip to our local nail salon.