Nail art definitely had its moment a few years ago, but it seems we’re all too busy faffing with a million other innovations in beauty to worry about creating immaculate looks on our talons twice a week. I’m fully embracing the nude nail trend as it means I don’t have to worry about matching, while my hands have definitely benefited from being paint-free as much as possible in the last few months. However, there seems to be a movement in the nail industry that’s seeing us re-claim nail art in the best possible way. The hottest thing to hit the high street is a new kind of artistry that requires no talent whatsoever, little time and even less precision; the messier and more creative the better. Both OPI and Morgan Taylor are launching ‘watercolour nails’ just in time for summer, which inject a touch of fun and a splash of colour into our looks. The latter are also putting a metallic twist on the look, providing a flurry of options for every nail enthusiasts – regardless of skill level.
The concept behind this collection is that the silver metallic polish acts as a ‘base’, while the six other shades can be layered over the top. They look very dark in the pots, but in fact apply much lighter and more transparent than anticipated; the texture and tone ensure it’s easy to build up the colour result, layer one shade over another and simply have a bit of fun. Thanks to the silver base the colours really ‘pop’, but they can equally be worn over a white or naked nail for a slightly different finish; experimentation is key to this look! I’m nowhere near an expert at applying polish, but even I can create some cool looks with this portfolio of colour and texture: from ‘tie dye’ and ombre, to artistic splodges that look really rather effective.
Although the six shades provide a good spectrum of colour, I’d love to see more shades and more delicate tones so I can wear this look throughout the year. It’s very bold and brash, meaning there’s only so many outfits you can get away with it with; a few lighter shades or pastel tones would completely refresh the trend and take it all the way through to spring. At £10.50 each these polishes aren’t cheap either; it’s a real investment to buy the collection, so you better love it before making a purchase! It would have been fab to see these in mini bottles that are far more affordable and a purse-friendly starter kit, but you never know what’s around the corner… I’ve no doubt this will filter down into the more affordable brands in the coming months too.
What do you think of the ‘watercolour nail’ trend? Would you give it a go?
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