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My Attempts at Nailing the Nail Art Trend

Did you know that the nail industry is worth an estimated £50 million pounds these days?  Those little nails on the end of your toes and fingers have become as big a business almost as hairdressing and skin care.  Now, I’m not saying popping down to the salon for a lil’ mani pedi is a recent invention, but since 2012 the trend (and demand) for innovation in the nail biz has boomed.  With the likes of Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey, as well as designers such as Mary Katrantzou and friends demanding unique and trend led nail art for their shows and public appearances, it seems every make-up brand who serve up their own polish is attempting to outdo each other in the innovation stakes.  Take Barry M’s crackle effect for instance.  What nail brand doesn’t have a version now?  Essie’s concrete effect is set to be the next standard, as is the increasing desire for at home Shellac and such manicures, causing UV lamps to soar in popularity (although the jury is still out on whether LED lamps would be a less risky alternative). 

Having loved painting nails since I was little, I have recently started to get back in the saddle and invested in some nail art pens from Nails Supreme after visiting their stand at the Vitality Show.  apparently these are the pens of choice the Wah Nails team uses, so I was assured I was purchasing the best.  After watching quite a few you tube demonstrations on various techniques (seriously, what did we do before you tube?) I spent some of my Easter weekend attempting several various designs…

As far as first attempts go I am relatively pleased.  But as they say, practice makes perfect.  Now, can you guess what they all are?

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3 comments on “My Attempts at Nailing the Nail Art Trend

  1. Megan
    April 1, 2013

    Love the strawberry and watermelon designs! 😊

  2. Helen Coakley
    April 2, 2013

    Thank you Megan! I think they are my faves too. The pineapple still needs a lot of work to perfect!

  3. Pingback: Nailing it part 2: Summer nail designs worth perfecting |

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