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Health and beauty
January 2019
Reading time 3 Minutes

These top nail trends drop straight off the catwalk at Spring/Summer ’19 Fashion Week

Helena Linksy, co-director at Q61 Nail + Beauty Studio, tells us how to keep our manis on trend.
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Rodarte kicked off the bacofoil-effect trend, with models sporting nails adorned in various metallic shades of gold, silver and rose gold. Get the look of metal-plated talons by asking your nail technician to carefully apply thin layers of gold-leaf foil, or for a quicker route to foil-effect nails, try a varnish with a metal-look finish. For a similarly mineralised look you could opt for chrome-effect – also a huge S/S19 look – as seen backstage at Kim Shui and Nicopanda. Our advice? Go for chrome metallic nails in the summer’s hottest shade of icy light blue, which will look incredible against tanned summer skin.


Next season’s nail art is defined by limiting patterns to the tip of the nail, while keeping the base clear and clean. Bold recurring graphic prints have made a fashion comeback – just look at the resurgence of Fendi’s iconic print and the graphic clean lines at Kith’s S/S19 show where the models’ nails featured a stunning Greek key pattern on the tip of the nail. Paired against a clear nude base it looked surprisingly subtle and impossibly chic.


Nail art doesn’t always need to be colourful or obvious – this season we’re seeing a super subtle take on graphic nail art achieved using natural shades, and the effect is just the right amount of eye-catching. At House of Holland, thin white stripes adorned nude bases, at Monse tiny graphic shapes were painted in shiny shades of nude and white, while Oscar De La Renta’s ‘negative space moon manicure’ was a modern take on the French mani, with clear half moons and a milky nude shade across the length of the nail. This look is ideal for those looking to jazz up their usual nude shades, plus it’s a great look for anyone afraid that nail art isn’t quite appropriate for the office.


Bold animal prints, usually reserved for their sartorial offerings, were chosen by designers Christian Siriano and Opening Ceremony as the nail art du choix for Fashion Week SS19. Backstage at Christian Siriano’s show, nails were given a ‘twisted zebra’ print – a modern take on animal print –designed to clash beautifully with the loud leopard print of the designer’s clothes. At Opening Ceremony, nails were painted matt gold before an intricate design of black, leopard-like spots, were hand-painted with an ultra-fine brush and glossy black polish. What makes this animal print modern and fresh is that it is metallic, rather than one-dimensional, making the finished look ultra-glam, uber-glossy and totally OTT – we’re obsessed already. Our top tip for trying this look on clients is to use a toothpick, instead of a brush, to nail the finer nail art detail. Have some fun and ask your nail technician to paint quirky animal styles onto nails for a more relaxed take on the trend.  

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