Out-there nails have never been more in vogue – look no further than Cardi B, zeitgeist queen of the moment, who is never seen without blinged-out nails, or Blake Lively’s Met Gala talons, which proved that nail art isn’t niche any more – it’s gone mainstream. Creations can be 2D or 3D, and can feature anything from pearls, seashells, diamantes, and crystals, to metal embellishments, gold or silver and copper leafing, bows, roses, holographic finishes and of course, custom hand sculpted acrylic embellishments - meaning the sky is the limit when it comes to design.
There are so many nail styles to rock nowadays, but most of us have a classic look that we go for time and time again.
Choosing what goes on your cuticle canvas can be a daunting decision, and for good reason – nails are real talking points, and your choice of colour says a lot about you.
Decode what your nail style really says about you.
A slightly more modern look than the classic French, but still very versatile and low maintenance. Nude nails are a favourite for those of us who want minimal fuss and want to look put together without drawing any attention. If this is your colour of choice, you’re the quietly confident type.
A bold red is a classic choice. It’s a powerful and sophisticated option, but one that still has a vampy edge. Women that choose red are normally classic, contemporary and confident. You know what you want and aren’t to be messed with.
With a little more impact and originality than a nude, those of us who choose metallics like attention – but not too much. With that subtle sparkle, they’re worn by those of us who don’t clamour for attention but love it once we’ve got it.
You’re just beginning to venture outside block colours, but you only want to dip your toe in. Ombre nails mean versatility.
They’re perfect for the girl who wants to show she’s on trend, and knows how to maintain herself, but still likes the classic look. She’s got a wardrobe full of staple pieces because she appreciates trends but isn’t led by them.
Far from being the reserve of your teenage ‘emo’ phase, black or dark colours portray professionalism and maturity. You’re edgy and have a hard exterior, but also love a bit of class and simplicity.
Another step up from the metallics, the feature nail is worn by those who are conscious of trends, and want to make that known, without being shouty about it. It also might mean that you’re a creative type, but still need to look work-wear appropriate.
If you come across a woman wearing nail art, you’ve come across a woman who knows who she is and what she’s about. Nail art needs some serious confidence to pull off, so the woman who’s wearing it definitely has that. If you’re a nail art wearer, you love personal expression and aren’t afraid to showcase yours.
But nail art doesn’t always have to be the out-there 3D designs (although they’re increasingly popular – see the Nailed By LaRouge Instagram for some serious inspo) – painted nails (like the ones above) are a great way to maintain practicality.
If you do want to go all-out, head over to Lauren’s Parramatta salon for nails that can feature anything from pearls, seashells, diamantes, and crystals, to metal embellishments, gold or silver and copper leafing, bows, roses, holographic finishes and of course, custom hand sculpted acrylic embellishments (in almost any style imaginable) - the sky is the limit when it comes to design.
This is when nail art gets bad and boujee: and that’s probably the way we’d describe the girls that go for it. Cardi-B is your spirit animal and your favourite part of the Met Ball was seeing Blake Lively rock a diamante nail.
You’re also Lauren’s dream client – who doesn’t love to be told to let their talents loose?
From one extreme to the other, bare nails are at the other end of the spectrum to nail art. Bare nails can either mean manicures just aren’t for you, or maybe you just have so much going on that nails aren’t high on your priority list. You’re the lowest of low maintenance, and a ‘cool girl’ – and we’re all secretly a bit jealous of your devil-may-care attitude.