Handy­women

In­sta­gram nail ex­perts talk tips and trends.

Elle (Canada) - - Beauty -

lind­say vel­ing @nailthat­ac­cent

An art-ther­apy course in­spired Toronto sales rep Lind­say Vel­ing to start post­ing her nail art on In­sta­gram. Four years—and a ca­reer change—later, she has 73,000 fol­low­ers on her ac­count. The shape of the sea­son… “Square nails used to be re­ally big, then we were into oval and then we saw some ridicu­lous, crazy stiletto that no­body could re­ally pull off un­less you’re a celebrity. Now the shape is the ‘cof­fin’: a lit­tle bit square on the top but still pointed. It looks good on al­most any nail.” On sum­mer trends… “We’re say­ing good­bye to all the crazy glit­ter and em­bel­lish­ments. Sim­ple and el­e­gant is more fash­ion-for­ward now. Neg­a­tive space is still a huge trend. All the spring/sum­mer nailpol­ish col­lec­tions range from bold colours to light pinks.” On mas­ter­ing the #nail­fie… “Keep your hand as re­laxed as pos­si­ble; don’t grip the bot­tle too tightly.” Nail- art hacks… “There are so many tools—from nail tape to stamps—that make nail art ac­ces­si­ble. Snail Vinyls is a com­pany that pro­duces sticker nail sten­cils. I would also rec­om­mend us­ing a fast-dry top­coat. You have to make sure your nail is 100-per­cent dry be­fore ap­ply­ing any stick­ers.”

Mei Kawajiri @ciao­man­hat­tan2012

When Mei Kawajiri left her nail sa­lon in Tokyo’s Hara­juku district for New York City, her ta­lent for se­ri­ously in­tri­cate nail art came with her. See: the Yeezy-in­spired nails for client Han­nah Bronf­man and a Bey­oncé/Hil­lary Clin­ton mani that Clin­ton re­posted. Her tool of choice? “A tiny brush from Presto Gel!” On why we can’t get enough nail art... “With ad­vance­ments in gel and other prod­ucts, it has be­come pos­si­ble to cre­ate in­tri­cate, mean­ing­ful de­signs. So women are ex­cited to ex­press them­selves through their nails as they have tra­di­tion­ally done with hair colour, makeup and tat­toos.” On find­ing in­spi­ra­tion... “I pull in­spi­ra­tion from all over: mu­sic, fine art, fash­ion, ar­chi­tec­ture, travel, pop cul­ture. Right now, Snapchat is blow­ing up; its fil­ters are so cre­ative—I’m ad­dicted! I try not to do the same de­sign twice; I want to cre­ate some­thing new and unique for each per­son.” On keep­ing a steady hand... “I try not to think about the fact that I’m paint­ing tiny art! Real talk: I drink black cof­fee about three times a day, so a steady hand is prob­a­bly in my genes.” On the next big thing... “I’m ex­cited to see more 3-D nail art com­ing into the main­stream. And I’m hop­ing to get more men rock­ing nail art. Even just one nail is awe­some!”

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