Nail Trends

On Nails, Less Is More

In 2013, “self-expression” will be most intensely played out around color, according to this year’s SpaFinder Wellness Trend Report compiled by Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder Wellness.

Sonja Matthews, Nails, Feet, and Hair Expressions by Sonja, Severn, Md.
<p>Sonja Matthews, Nails, Feet, and Hair Expressions by Sonja, Severn, Md.</p>

In 2013, “self-expression” will be most intensely played out around color, according to this year’s SpaFinder Wellness Trend Report compiled by Susie Ellis, president of SpaFinder Wellness. Says Ellis:  “Because color is easily applied and relatively inexpensive, self-transformation will be painted on. Expect more in-your-face shades on hair and face from reverse ombre to neon lashes; more body art hitting bodies of every gender and age, performed at new, haute ‘tattoo spas’; and nail art will continue to ascend with less bling and more nuanced textures and designs from 3-D art to freehand mini-paintings.

Gina Elliott, Urban Angel, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
<p>Gina Elliott, Urban Angel, Calgary, Alberta, Canada</p>

“Look for less bling-for-the-sake-of-bling and more subtle, clever, and truly high-art effects. Nuanced textures/designs are everywhere, whether basket weave, 3-D, velvet-like, or hologram. Nail artists are now rendering amazing, freehand mini-paintings on each digit. That most staid of looks, the French manicure, is even being remade in reverse ombré mode: with light tips fading into darker/vibrant color. And the old corner ‘nail salon’ is being reimagined in incredibly trendy, serious-art ways.” 

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