The trending nail looks you can DIY at home
If you’re missing your mani appointments and wondering which nail looks are trending this month, we’ve got the lowdown on fashion-forward colours, new styles and how you can recreate them at home.
By Jenny Brownlees
Whether you’re a nail minimalist or prefer an adventurous look, there’s an on-trend nail that’s perfect for you.
We’ve looked to our favourite nail-fluencers for inspiration on the hottest styles that’ll be on everyone’s fingertips this spring, from the simple and understated to bold and unexpected.
Just because you can’t get to the salon at the mo, doesn’t mean you can’t nail your mani-pedi with the help of our handy how-to guides.
The essential mani kit
Prep nails by taming cuticles, then filing and clipping nails into your desired shape. This set has everything you’ll need when you can’t get to the salon.
Condition, condition, condition
This hydrating cuticle oil will moisturise, nourish and promote strong nail growth thanks to an infusion of Vitamin E, jojoba and Sweet Almond Oil.
Carefully does it…
If you need to remove a gel manicure before creating your new nail art, here’s how to do it. First, file the edges of each nail and buff away the entire shiny top layer of polish. Then either soak ten cotton pads with SensatioNail Gel Polish Remover (or another acetone based remover), place over the nail and wrap the tip of each finger tightly in tin foil, leaving for 15-20 minutes. Or, place the SensationNail remover in a glass bowl, then put that bowl in a slightly larger bowl of warm water, before soaking the nails for 15-20 minutes. After either method, the majority of polish should be removed – if needed, gently take off any remaining polish with a cuticle pusher that can be found in most nail kits.
SensatioNail Gel Polish Remover – £6.00
Yellow & Flowers by The Hanged Edit
We love following Hang Nguyen to stay up to date with her latest and greatest nail art creations. This minimal yellow flower look is putting us in the mood for Spring.
Apply one layer of Barry M’s Base & Top Coat.
Paint the little and index finger with two coats of Barry M Lemon Sorbet. The key to successful nails at home is patience, allowing time for each coat to thoroughly dry.
To create the flowers seen on the ring finger, middle finger and thumb – create a pool of your yellow polish on some scrap paper and use the handle end of a thin makeup brush (an eyeshadow brush is perfect) to make small dots. Using the nail polish brush itself makes it difficult to get a uniform dot, or stay neat. Alternatively, designated nail dotting tools are available.
The ring finger has three flowers, the middle finger and thumb four, with each flower being made up of five small dots of yellow polish. Spread these sporadically over the nail, as in the reference picture. If we make mistakes when creating our nail art looks, we use 3INA’s The Nail Polish Corrector Pen to easily fix any mess-ups.
For the middle of the flowers dot a small ‘stigma’ of black polish in the centre of each. We used Peacci Jet Black Polish.
Once nails have dried for a full five minutes, add a final coat of Barry M’s Base & Top Coat to seal.
Modern Cow Print by Betina Goldstein
Cow print nails are everywhere right now. For a modern take on the trend, we love this minimal variation of the black print on a clear backed nail, à la nail guru Betina Goldstein.
Begin with a coat of Barry M’s Base & Top Coat.
As this is quite an abstract print, we used the nail brush itself from Peacci’s Jet Black polish, £10. Most nails feature two larger abstract cow print ‘splodges’ with their iconic wavy edges, and a few smaller dots of black spread throughout the nail.
Use the picture as a guide, but don’t worry if yours isn’t an exact copy. The great thing about these prints is they aren’t uniform.
Seal with the same Base & Top Coat, sit back and admire your handiwork.
Abstract Colour by Melanie at Overglow Edit
An emerging trend in the world of nail art is these wave-like abstracts of colour, with the majority of the nail left bare, in a new take on the recent ‘negative space’ look. We adore Melanie’s version, using a beautifully muted but varied colour palette. This look is so chic, even if you are only going from your bedroom to your living room RN.
Begin with a coat of Barry M’s Base & Top Coat.
Melaine says she created the look freehand, experimenting with organic squiggled shapes. Start each colour at the top middle third of the nail, curving the shape down and onto the bottom third.
On the right-hand colour on the little finger, middle finger and thumb starts at the top left of the nail and ends at the bottom right.
On the index and ring finger, colour comes from the right to left. Of course, you can always freestyle your own wave-inspired version in the selected colours.
Create an abstract shape on each finger, using the polish’s brush to make curved shapes. You may find it easier to rotate the arm and work looking straight on at the nail as if sitting across from a manicurist. Give each finger two coats of colour and remember – it doesn’t have to be perfect.
For the little finger, create your shape using Barry M Nail Paint in Butterscotch.
For the ring finger, Nails Inc’s Nailpure Fashion Fix in Model Behaviour is a similar ginger-esque hue to Melaine’s.
For the middle finger, we love J Hannah’s chic polish in Green.
For the index finger, we used Peacci in Palace.
For the thumb, paint with 3INA’s The Nail Polish in 152 before finishing with the same top & base coat from Barry M.
Blue Squiggles by Violetta at Yes What Nails
Barcelona based nail artist Violetta is ever inspiring us with her arty creations.
Part of what makes this look so fashion-forward is the matte base the squiggles sit upon. To begin, paint on a coat of the lightest pinky nude shade that’s closest to your natural nail colour. We love Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Shell We Dance.
To make the that polish matte, paint on two coats of OPI Matte Top Coat.
To create the striking blue squiggles, have the image to reference and pool a small amount of Nailberry L’Oxygéné Oxygenated Nail Lacquer in Number 69 onto a scrap piece of paper. You may find it easier to rotate your arm so you’re looking straight on at your hand.
Using a thin nail brush, (we used the brush on the far right) from the set of ASP Nail Art Brushes, dip into your polish and begin to abstractly swirl the brush in ‘S’ shapes across the nail to create the look. Each nail features at least two lines that follow each other closely, but don’t worry if yours aren’t exact, an artsy look is the name of the game here! You can always utilise 3INA’s The Nail Polish Corrector Pen £8.95 to correct any mistakes.
Once you’re happy with each nail, go over with another coat of OPI’s Matte Top Coat to seal.
Spring Pastels by Bethan at Dorta
Bethan is one to follow for the most innovative and often intricate mani’s – her stellar creations give use serious nail-envy. However, for an easy nod to spring, you can’t beat her Mini Egg-esque pastel look.
Start with, you guessed it – Barry M’s Base & Top Coat. The best in the biz and wonderfully affordable.
For each nail colour, paint two coats of polish allowing the first to dry completely before starting the second. On the little finger, we used 3INA The Nail Polish in 129.
On the ring finger, Peacci in Palace is the perfect blue hue.
For the middle finger, we love the ice-cream shade of Barry M’s Lemon Sorbet Polish.
On the index finger, we used Essie Nail Colour 99 Mint Candy Apple Nail Polish.
On the thumb opt for Nailberry’s L’Oxygéné Oxygenated Nail Lacquer in A Touch Of Powder.
To ensure your look lasts, coat with Barry M’s Base & Top Coat, £3.99.