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Nailing the Art of Interesting Manicures: A Primer

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“Pick A Color” can be the most intimidating three words in the nail salon. You knew in your mind what you wanted, until you got there and faced the onslaught of overwhelming choices of color and techniques, instantly making you indecisive. You make decisions every day in your life, but somehow this simple task that you typically enjoy is creating unnecessary chaos in your mind. This is your process every two weeks, trying to narrow down the decisions which are usually based on your mood or the plans you have that weekend. You feel pressured because you know you’re going to be stuck with this for two weeks; you no longer do the basic polish due to your crazy schedule. You commit to a gel or dip powder manicure and knowing yourself, your vibe changes frequently.

But these days, picking one color is rarely the norm. Yes, there are times when conformity is warranted; like for a wedding or professional environment. However, even if you have to wear a uniform, there are ways to express your individuality without being the proverbial outlier. Conformity can be stifling and if the one ray of light to your week is getting a manicure that’s authentically you, we say go for it. There are ways to push the envelope while remaining in sync with a group. If you’re in a wedding party and the criteria is baby pink nails, go ahead and add a little piece of bling to that one finger. Maybe the Swarovski crystal you apply can be pink, to show your commitment to the theme while staying true to your personal preference. I’m sure the bride wouldn’t mind that slight rebellious act, as friends already know what to expect when they asked you to participate in their celebration.

The point is, manicures are the easiest form of expression and there are so many cool ways we can give others a peek into our “current mood” through our nail art.  Here’s some interesting ways we can express ourselves through our manicure.

4 Parlez-Vous Français

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French manicures are classic and timeless. However, there are some cool new ways to take it beyond the standard Lee Press-On nails-cookie-cutter-half pink-half white design. There is the reverse french, also known as the half moon, where the emphasis is placed at the base instead of the tip is a cool way to spice of this sophisticated look. Also, a French manicure doesn’t have to involve pink at all. You can create your own version of a French manicure using varying color combinations that are playful and uplifting for you.

3 Gems and Holograms

Iridescent chromed-out nails gives the energy of “Yes, I’ve arrived and I’m fabulous!” because these nails are sure to make you feel like you have super powers, radiating light wherever you go. This look can be achieved whether you opt for a gel manicure or dip powder — the end result will be the same: a truly captivating pair of hands. Once you commit, the add-ons are what makes the difference. Whether you do the square or coffin tips, gems or none, you’ll still be a standout in any party. So go ahead, slide on that cape and send that bat signal.

2 Say it with Words

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Painting your mantra on your nails is a great way to share your affirmations, leaving a positive reminder that make you smile on the inside and keeps you motivated. Speaking it into existence through your nails can be your version of The Secret.

1 Keeping the Stars Aligned

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Constellation manicures where your nail art represents your astrological sign or even your actual horoscope can act as a reminder that says “it’s going to be a great week.” You just read your horoscope and Venus is in your ruling house which indicates you may have a romantic occurrence to which you’re looking forward. Or maybe a design for you and your partner’s star pattern is a cute ode to those special plans. If you find astrology fun, this is a great way to express your appreciation for the science. The patterns can go from simple to elaborate which comes down to your creative point of view; making this manicure so unique. The concepts of patterns are meaningful only to you which make this feel personal and lends to limitless design possibilities. You can be your own version of Vincent Van Gogh and create your starry night masterpiece.

No matter the reason for committing to the rules, a manicure is the one way you can go against the grain and feel feminine while provoking status quo. Sometimes it’s the small things we do for ourselves that give us comfort and these days doing something that makes us smile is a take-charge gesture in support of our emotional well-being. So go on: nail it!

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