Just as the world of fashion is constantly evolving, so is the world of beauty. The old tried-and-true rules that applied years ago are no longer applicable to today’s fast paced world. Experimentation seems to be the new rule — which means playing with color combinations and utilizing different textures to create something completely authentic and unique for each individual. Nail care is one of the latest aspects of beauty where creativity and innovation have beautifully meshed for some of this year’s most exciting concepts.
Bold and Beautiful
Almost every major nail line is set to launch a spring collection that is anything but soft and demure. For the glam girl who doesn’t mind taking a risk with her fingers and toes, you can choose from outrageously decadent blues, purples and even green hues that are anything but safe. Step out on a colorful limb and try some of the season’s most vivid hues such as; Jade is the New Black (OPI, Hong Kong Spring 2010) a vibrant green that is set to be one of the season’s most sight after shades, Grape Pop (China Glaze, Up & Away Spring 2010) a grapey purple that works well on all complexions and Tart Deco (Essie, The Art of Spring 2010), a sumptuous coral that goes on sweet and spicy.
When it comes to the trends for spring, it’s not just about color, it’s also about texture. For many years, nails were glossy and slick, gleaming like little jewels under the light. With fashion moving in a more sophisticated direction, nails have also toned down the gloss and have taken on a matte finish for an understated elegant appeal.
Spring Fashion Week 2010 was where the powerhouse nail company Creative Nail Design collaborated with twenty of the fashion world’s top designers to debut some of this season’s most unique textured nails of the season.
From the nouveau French manicure at the Maladrino show that included coffee grounds and sugar alongside a matte finish to the chic matte metallic look worn at Jason Wu, CND broke the boundaries of traditional nail design and set the bar for progressive nails this spring.
Another textured trend for spring is the glittery nail which is the exact antithesis of the matte look. Several nail companies have incorporated strong glitter shades that go on very thick giving the nail a bejeweled appearance that works well with the feminine looks that prevailed on runways for spring.
Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday is a “party in a bottle” with its multi-flecked glitter base while Superstar is a copper-flecked concoction that shimmers and shines like gold.
Beauty Imitates Art
With the debut of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, there has been a stir in the beauty world that has translated into whimsical, bold beauty collections that go against the grain. Just as the fantasy-laden fairy tale posed unbelievable settings and even more unusual characters, the Alice in Wonderland inspired nail collection is not for the traditionalist.
OPI’s Alice in Wonderland collection are truly inspirational bottles of fun with sparkle, glimmer and glitter that are sure to bring out the child in you. With colors like Absolutely Alice, a sparkling blue glitter that goes on bold and electric and Mad as a Hatter, a confetti of multi-colored glitter that leaves nails gleaming like a kaleidoscope of color, there is no shortage of fun to be had with this fantastical collection.
Linda Ripoll is a certified beauty addict with an unhealthy obsession for fashion magazines, sushi and shopping. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the University of Miami. As a beauty editor for the past twelve years, she has had the pleasure of writing about the beauty business from all angles. She recently launched a beauty blog Counter Culture Beauty which highlights the latest in beauty for today’s biracial/multiracial woman. She is also the Beauty Editor for Kouture Magazine, a new high fashion and beauty publication for today’s affluent woman of color. Follow her on Twitter here.