When PSY sang about the wonders of Gangnam style – South Korea’s revered shopping street, it was as if the world world had suddenly awoken to the eccentric charms of Korea’s fashion scene, and with it their over-the-top, fabulous nail art. However, as time went by, the dictating nail trends came and went as swiftly as PSY’s short-lived domination of the news cycle, with each season becoming a revolving door of accent nails, chevron prints, and coffin nails, much to the relief of contact lens wearers world-wide. Instead, gel nails took centre stage promising extended longevity, even if it was at the cost of weakening, flakier nails.
However, if Dior’s latest push to reclaim the dotting tool is any sign of things to come, the revival of ‘nail art’ has come just in time for Winter’s grey pull towards dark taupes, greys, and burgundy. With an abundance of new releases hitting you’re the nail stand of pharmacies, and department stores everywhere, rebel against the weather with dreamy pastels, and playful accents reminiscent of a warmer climate.
The Confetti Manicure
A nod to the iconic, effervescent print, confetti nails were the hero look of Dior’s 2016 Summer Makeup Collection. Announced with gusto, polka dots are back, and pastels will be the only shade for your nails, come rain or shine.
Dior, Vernis Polka Dots Manicure Kit in Confettis, $50. SHOP NOW
Update your Basics
Everyone knows that nailing the base is the key to the perfect mani, and the genius overlords at Sally Hansen have created a game-changing top and base coat combo. Perfect for those that just can’t resist peeling off their gel manicure, much to the horror of manicurists everywhere, go for this new base coat that will remove even the thickest glitter polishes in one sweep. They’ve even got a matte top coat that will calm down the brightest of corals for a chic finish that’ll match your cashmere sweater.
New Jewel-Tone Shades
The beauty god’s at YSL have spoken, the more gem-like the shade, the closer to nail heaven. However, eschewing the traditional rubies, and emeralds, look towards opalescent, and holographic shimmers that give a pretty, delicate finish.
Yves Saint Laurent, La Laque Couture Nail Lacquer in Couture Pink, and Couture Green, $42. SHOP NOW
The Organic Choice
Cruelty free, vegan friendly, and formulated without the nasties, RMS lets you wear the bright colours you love with not a petrochemical, paraben, of iota of DPB in sight.
RMS, 6-Free Formula Nail Polish in Smile, Curious, and Myth, $23. SHOP NOW
Pastel Dream Boat
OPI nods to the colour of the season in all its pastel glory as the perfect antidote to Winter’s traditional grey hues. Think blushing pinks, and periwinkle blues, in an array of shades, for a mood boosting hit of colour.
OPI, Nail Lacquer in Stop It! I’m Blushing, It’s A Boy, and I Am What I Amethyst, $19.95. SHOP NOW
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