#TheBeautySpot: Top 5 summer nail trends you should try

by Doyin Jaiyesimi

So what are you waiting for ladies. Head to the nail studio and give your nails that well-deserved manicure.

Did you know that your nails can be a stand-alone fashion statement?

Say good bye to the same old boring manicure you do every week at the nail studio and add a bit of spice to your nails. Not only will you be more fashionable, you will be bang on trend.

Here are our top five nail trends you should try this summer.

Cavier Manicure

This three-dimensional nail trend is the glitter of 2012. All you need is wet nail polish and a set of micro-beads and you’re on your way to nail ‘fabulosity’.  Thinking about the agony of sticking tons of tiny beads on your nails? Not to worry, Ciate’s new brand of nail polish relieves you of all the stress. The convenience kit comes in a duo of base nail polish and a bottle of beads in multiple colours. Just get your hands on these bad girls and give your nails an instant sophisticated look. You can even try the DIY route with a little help from YouTube.

Reverse French Manicure


For some of you, the French manicure may be the only type of manicure you’re devoted to and why not? It is easy, fresh, and goes with any outfit. It’s, however, time to try something new. We’re not suggesting something radical though, just the opposite of what you’re used to – the reverse French manicure. It is an exotic twist to the classic old French manicure. It’s called a reverse French manicure because unlike the regular French manicure, a light colour is used at the base of the nail while a darker colour is added to the tips. Be creative with this trend and experiment with different colour combinations.

The Nude Manicure

This trend is all about showcasing your natural nails. If done right, the nude nail manicure will give you a chic and polished look. It is the perfect accessory as it will match whatever you wear. To pull of this trend, choose shades that compliment your skin-tone. Look for polishes that have creamy undertones and avoid colours that have too much gray. You want your nails to look really shiny smooth and also you want them to stand out. Add a bit of shimmer to spice up the look.

The Ombré Manicure

Spice up your everyday manicure with the subtle shade-shifting  ombre look. This is a perfect nail trend for those who have too many bottles of nail polish and don’t know what to do with them. No, we’re not asking you to use all of them at once. Just take a couple of complementary shades and lighten each of them with a bottle of white polish. If you’re finding it hard to decide what hues to use, why not start with the one-colour-merging –to-another-trend. For the palette masters amongst you, we recommend the multi-coloured variation, with the nail colour fading from one nail to the next, for a look with an eye-catching appeal.

The Classic Red Manicure

The red manicure has remained a trend for decades and for good reason. There’s no nail polish that screams sophisticated and sexy as loudly as the red nail manicure. No wonder it has remained a classic over the years. I’m sure you have one or two bottles of red nail polish in your collection. The red manicure compliments many looks depending of the shade of red chosen. It also lightens and brightens the skin tone of your hands, giving them a younger and fresher appeal. The key to pulling off the red nail manicure is to find the perfect shade of red for your skin tone.

So what are you waiting for ladies. Head to the nail studio and give your nails that well-deserved manicure.

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