Nail trend: Foil-effect negative space manicure
Difficulty level: 2/5 (the dry time between steps is essential for A++ results)
Place striping tape across the bottom of an unpolished nail, leaving a gap for the ‘negative space’. Apply a metallic shade and let it dry completely. Apply a topcoat of super-glittery polish for added sparkle. Gently remove the tape.
Nail trend: Metallic grid nail art
Difficulty level: 3/5
On a bare nail (or pale nude base), place metallic striping tape across the nail in a graphic pattern, then carefully clip the ends. Apply a clear topcoat to keep the tape in place. Note: This manicure is a here for a good-time, not necessarily a long time as the tape will eventually peel up from wear and water.
Nail trend: Ombre glitter manicure
Difficulty level: 1/5
Start with a nude base coat and let dry. Apply a glitter polish beginning at the cuticle and drag it up for a graduated effect. Each nail can be slightly different. Finish with a clear topcoat.
Nail trend: Polka-dot manicure
Difficulty level: 2.5/5 (a steady hand is needed for this look)
Brush on a bold base coat (dark colours work best). Using a dotting tool, place contrasting accent dots in a row. Alternate colours.
What we used: Can’t Read without My Lipstick, $14, OPI. Breathable in Pick-Me-Up, $11, Quo by Orly. Good as Gold, $10, Essie. Professional Double Ended Nail Art Dotting and Marbling Tools, $6, Amazon.ca.