While the whole slogan New Year, New You is rather overdone (Reminder: You are perfect as you are!), New Year, New Nails is a mantra that is slightly more realistic — and a whole lot more fun.
As with most aspects of the beauty industry, when it comes to nails, each woman has her own personal go-to favorite look(s). But, as trends come and go, some manicure and pedicure trends are just too funky and creative to completely sit out.
The beauty of nail art is that it isn't a permanent change. So, if you are looking to embrace a different side of you or are simply feeling a certain way, it is a brilliant channel through which to express that.
If you are looking to jolt some excitement into the tips of your fingers, read on to discover the three essential mani-pedi trends for 2019.
1. Emphasis on the Tips
Seen on plenty of runways (Cushnie et Ochs, Huishan Zhang) and on the fingers of your favorite beauty bloggers, this year, it is very on trend to focus on decorating just the tips of your nails. Whether you prefer super long or short and natural nails, everyone can dabble in this style.
The options are as endless as your imagination. Maybe one month, you opt for red tips on bare nails, while the next month, you have a solid, rich base color with glitter on the tips.
If you tend to enjoy more minimalist aesthetics, then selecting two colors on a rounded, shorter nail is a beautiful way to create a striking yet simple manicure — just a small sprinkling of sparkles at the end of glossy nails is guaranteed to have you constantly staring at your fingers in delight.
2. Animal Prints
Certain ladies tend to think of leopard print as a neutral, which means that they are going to be very happy to hear that animal print on the fingers is not only possible, but is encouraged!
If you are on the other end of the spectrum and shudder at the thought of wearing a full-length leopard-print coat, then playing around with animal prints on your nails may be a chance to try out something more eclectic.
Whether you choose bold Dalmatian prints, subtle zebra stripes, leopard spots, or something else entirely, this is the year to try something new and take a step into the animal kingdom.
3. Alternating Textures
If you are the type of lady who likes a little bit of everything, then this year, you are in luck because alternating textures is a growing trend.
What does this mean?
It means that you have full license to switch up the colors, prints, and textures on your nails to create a hand that is just as unique as you are. Perhaps that means three solid colors and two bedazzled nails per hand. Maybe you want every other finger to have a marble glaze while the others remain solid gold or a neutral shade. Or you might go for some gold or silver nail studs on top of your regular or gel polish for an added statement.
While it is entirely up to you, it tends to look more deliberate (or less mismatched) if you keep the overall vibe in a similar tone.
Be warned — it is highly likely that strangers may confront you and ask you where you got your nails done!
What nail trends are you excited to try this year? Got any creative ideas of your own? Let us know in the comments below!
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.