Tantalizing Talons - nail art fashion
Picture an average French manicure on a pair of hands, clean and classy. Now forget it, because you will never see it the same way again, at least not on the hands of a self-respecting fashionista! That look is officially “out” of fashion as nail art rage hits the country with a vengeance, bringing with it an army of tools, polishes, techniques and interesting little bits which you would have never imagined adding to your nails.
The trend in India started on a respectable note in the mid 90’s, with a marked shift from staid pink/orange/red hues to less conservative blues, greens and blacks, with a little glitter thrown in for good measure .Indian brands such as Revlon’s “Streetwear” line, and youth-centric companies such as Elle 18 and lesser known brands from Thailand permeated local shops; soon the color bar expanded to include bright neon shades.
Starting from the mid-2000’s came the trend of a different color for each nail, and also the trend for short nails as promoted by popstars such as Britney Spears and the girl band Solid Harmonie, who greatly influenced the nail art culture with their fresh, bright colors and designs.
Towards the end of 2009, came a new trend, that of “professional” nail art, and the introduction of nail art pens. Professional nail art involves placing the nails under a machine which will print designs directly on to the nail bed over a base coat of nail polish. Nail art pens are cheaper options compared to using a professional nail service, which could cost a minimum of Rs.300 per hand; nail art pens are available from Rs.50 for unbranded pens and could go up to Rs.200 + for bigger brands.
The onset of online shopping has also helped promote the more expensive, but long-lasting trends of gel nails and acrylic nails, both very different methods of attaching false nails to one’s natural nail bed, and decorating it with rhinestones, lace and glitter.
Acrylic nails involve applying tips to nails and brushing over with white acrylic on the smile line and pink acrylic from the edge of the tip towards the cuticle area. They can be applied at home, but are best left to a professional owing to the cumbersome nature of the process.
Gel nails are said to be less messy than Acrylic, and involve buffing away the natural shine of the nails, applying a primer followed by three coats of UV nail gel.
DIY or Do-it-Yourself nail art has become an even bigger rage nowadays thanks to the constant influx of tutorials by nail art enthusiasts worldwide, who share their expertise on various online forums such as Youtube and beauty blogs, thereby creating a unique community of creative enthusiasts who share tips and tricks, and even host free product giveaways.
A simple method of getting involved the nail art revolution is by acquiring some budget-friendly nail colors, regular implements which can be used as nail art “tools” such as toothpicks and q-tips, and some quantities of glitter. All you need to do is let your imagination run wild!