Get graphic nails
With nail art becoming more intricate this season we need some expert advice to stay on trend. A quick slick of red or a classic manicure used to be enough to impress, but nails have gone all arty and sophisticated on us. The pressure is on to create perfect patterns inspired by postmodernist art – and if you haven’t got a clue where to start, don’t worry. Katie Jane Heneghan owner of Katie Jane Nails within Hair By JFK’s award-winning Bruntsfield salon talks us through the graphic nail trend.
“This season the catwalks have been ablaze with quirky talons and creative artwork,” Katie told Cover Media. “From brush stroke Mondrian-inspired prints at Daks, to a single paint stroke at Henry Holland at the London Fashion Week shows.”
If you are feeling rather daunted at creating a postmodern masterpiece on your fingernails, fear not. Manicure maven Katie insists it’s not as tricky as it looks.
“Many of my clients are opting for this nail trend as it is such a versatile [one and] there is no right or wrong way to create a graphic print nail,” she insists. “I really enjoy this trend as I like to illustrate, so [it] gives me the chance to be creative.”
The graphic trend looks great with blocks of bright colours, so don’t be afraid to be bold. Try a combination of white, orange, blue and black to ensure your nails stand out from the crowd.
Creating a series of zigzag patterns is achievable for even a novice if you have the right equipment. All you need is a selection of different nail varnish colours, a base coat, top coat and a cocktail stick or small nail brush. You could also try using a nail pen to create straight lines or look out for nail tape which can be cut into strips and stuck on.
Here are Katie’s step-by-steps instructions to follow if you feel like getting arty with your nails at home:
Step One. Paint your nails all over with your base coat.
Step Two. Once the base coat is dry place an all over nail colour of your choice on to the nails. White creates a good base for your pattern.
Step Three. Using a small brush or cocktail stick, draw horizontal and vertical lines in different shades of varnish.
Step Four. Clean up the edges with nail varnish remover. Finish with a clear top coat.