Growing up, my mom never let me get nail art because she said it would chip off and look tacky, and I didn’t really care enough to fight her on it. But now that I’m an adult with a much better grasp of what looks good and what doesn’t, I can do things like get nail art without her approval and still feel great about myself! Here are five amazing nail styles that you can try this fall if you love to be on trend. (If not, at least they’ll match your sweater!)
1) The Basics of Geometric
Geometric nail art is all about repeating simple shapes in symmetrical, balanced patterns. It can be a great way to try out something bold or completely new if you’re feeling less than confident with your freehand skills. All you need is a steady hand, some polish and one or two easy tools. With a little bit of practice and finesse, anyone can recreate these cool nail styles for fall and beyond! So, let’s get started with our five favorite geometric nail looks for fall and winter 2016. Keep reading below to see how it’s done!
If you’re interested in learning more about the process of doing your nails, there are some simple rules to keep in mind when deciding on nail designs: Always start by painting all your nails but one with a solid base coat of polish. For this step, use an additional nail and paint an outline of your design with two thin coats of polish. Once it has dried, paint within each shape with a final color of your choice. It will help create clean lines or an interesting design with the contrasting or complementary colors.
2) Black and Gold
Everything is better with a little sparkle. If you want to bring out your inner diva, nail polish color is one of your best bets. Gold hues look great on all skin tones and can be worn in different styles—traditional or nontraditional—to fit any occasion. Pair gold polish with a dark nail art design for an evening look, or go for a subtler pattern for daytime wear. In today’s post, we explore some amazing nail styles that show off gold polish perfectly. Whether you have short nails or long ones, there’s an idea here that will appeal to everyone who likes pretty nails! Check them out below
Also well-known for its presence in fashion, black and gold will make your nails shine! It may be seen as a bold color scheme, but take a look at how beautiful it can be on nails. We rounded up our top picks for black and gold nail designs. There are choices such as shimmery black lacquer with gold detailing or shiny, metallic polish paired with dark tips. These bold looks make an unforgettable impression. In this post, we will review five nail art ideas for you to consider.
3) Turquoise and Fuchsia
Everyone is talking about hot nail colors for fall and fuchsia nails are no exception. If you want your fingers and toes to stand out, try painting them a dark, bold color. Turquoise works well as a solid base color (try Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos) with fuchsia painted over in diagonal stripes. If it’s too bright for you, skip one coat of turquoise—or go with a more muted shade like Essie’s Boy Toy. Top it off with two coats of clear polish.
A great way to experiment with fall colors is by pairing them together. One color will stand out and another will dominate for a two-tone look. For example, take Essie’s Russian Roulette (red) and add Chanel’s Aqua lucre (blue) for an aquamarine hue. Be sure to layer it on thick, but if you’re feeling shy, use tape to create a clean line between colors.
4) Pastel Shades
When it comes to nail art, there’s nothing better than taking a traditional trend and giving it a fall spin. We’re talking about shades of orange, green, yellow, or red. Pastels are officially back in style and can be worn just as well on your nails as they can on your outfits. So while they may not be in season per se (it still hasn’t hit 80 degrees yet), fall is right around the corner and that means you get your chance to debut these gorgeous hues before everyone else does!
Keep in mind that pastel shades are a blank canvas on which you can express your artistic side. You can choose to match your nails and clothes, or you can choose to pair opposites like neon bright or nude skin tones. First, apply a clear coat of base coat. Then apply a light, off-white color with medium coverage. Wait for it to dry completely before adding a top coat, to help avoid smudging from hand motion.
5) Glittering Dark Colors
Shades of dark purple, black, and blue have been very trendy recently, and even a jet black glitter could be worn without too much of a fuss. In other words, you can also try applying a matte charcoal or deep teal color with silver glitter or holographic glitter like OPI’s My Private Jet, for a super glam effect. Or change your top coat for one that has holographic effects, like Zoya’s Color Lock System Top Coat, to create an eye-catching look without being too loud.
Zoya’s Color Lock System Top Coat, available online or in store – but in store availability is coming soon. If you want a more metallic look, try something like OPI’s Metallic 4 Life which looks stunning over darker shades. One of my favorite ways to wear dark shades is by layering them over contrasting colors. For example, I might apply my black polish on top of a bright orange base like China Glaze’s Flip Flop Fantasy and then I will have an amazingly contrasting effect.