Best of Beauty 2012: The Nail Art Trend

Wed, 12 December 2012 10:54AM

Following on from yesterday’s Best of Beauty round-up of 2012’s must-have mani products, I thought it high time we dip our nail polish brushes into one of the year’s biggest (and most enduring) beauty trends: nail art.

Officially you could say nail art burst onto the scene back during the A/W ’11 international catwalk shows, and with the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel following suit, it quickly became a mainstream phenomenon.

Who could forget Zooey’s fabulous tuxedo nails at the Golden Globes?

From teeny-tiny decals, half-moons, 3D textures and colour-blocked prints, no design has been left untested. Fortunately for us, the trend continued into the 2013 collections, which means we’ve got all the time in the world to master it. Well, until next season, anyway.

Here, I’ve rounded up my favourite trends from the year …

3D Textures

There’s no doubt about it that 3D-textured nails are both on-trend and rather fabulous. Meet Ciaté’s Caviar Manicure and Velvet Manicure, $36 each, Mecca Cometica, with celebrity fans including Blake Lively and Jessica Biel. While we’ve professed our love for Ciaté’s Caviar, the Velvet Manicure is equally as fabulous. It almost looks as though you’ve dipped your tips in a luxurious and rich berry fabric.

The French Manicure … it’s Baaack!

Chanel did it, so it’s safe to say that the French manicure is back – that is, on short, neat, square or squoval nails. No long, tapered acrylic variations, please. Or to play it up a little, opt for coloured variations on your tips – neon also plays up a dramatic contrast against a neutral base shade, as does black or taupe à la Jessica Alba.

Image: Courtesy of OPI

Sharp Shapes and Lines

One of the key trends we’ve seen emerge are strong, bold shapes and lines, like the bias-cut mani we spotted at Lauren Moffatt at NYFW. Not only is it easy to recreate, but remember that testing it out doesn’t have to break the budget. In fact, you’ll more than likely find the tools and props you’ll need just hanging about the house, including sticky-tape and toothpicks  For our how-to tutorial, click here.

Take Cue from Your Clothes

If there’s been one thing I’ve stressed throughout my nail art tutorials is that regardless of trends, one of the best places to draw inspiration for your nail art is from is your clothes and accessories. Or those we’re all coveting on the catwalk. Take, for example, Ashley Madekwe, who donned gold-studded nail art, or our DIY marble nail art, taking inspiration from a fabulous Zimmermann printed dress.

Tell me, Primpers, what were you favourite nail art trends from throughout the year?

Did you enjoy our nail art tutorials? Do you want us to keep doing them?

Which one will you be trying?

Do you think the nail art trend will continue next year?

Hayley x

Images: All images are Getty unless stated otherwise

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  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 11:10am

    I am so lazy when it comes to nail art. I absolutely love the tuxedo done by Zooey. I never have enough time to play around with nail art. I love a good french manicure because I get that whenever I get my nails done, and it stays fresh looking and goes with everything.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 12:15pm

    I absolutely love primped’s nail art tutorials and i get so excited when i see them. I always learn so much. I really love the whole marble art look. Always looks amazing. And little pictures drawn on your nails look so creative. I really love all the above looks and id love to try a new look everyday. Sharp lines look really cool too.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 04:27pm

    I like marbled nails also as well as the fine studs, sharp shapes & well as the simply chic french mani. I’m a fan of nail art so I hope it continues to be a fashion statement next year. I love the regular features on nail art and tutorials that Primped offers, so please keep up the great work! :)

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 04:59pm

    I’m loving the gorgeous mulberry velvet nails!

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 06:19pm

    The ciate nail caviar and velvet win hands down for me. I love seeing nails done this way, so different but so pretty too

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 08:33pm

    I love nail art! I wish I were better at it!

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 09:43pm

    lovely nails

  • Posted by: Its_Jess Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 11:24pm

    This has inspired me! I now want to have a play around with 3D-textures and see if I can get it to look any good for me!

  • Posted by: CandiH Devotee // Thu, 13 December 2012 10:03am

    I love nail art but never have enough time/patience to do it, because it is so tropical where I live nail polish takes forever to dry

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 10:33am

    Getting my nails done with some interesting nail art for Christmas lots of great ideas!

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:25pm

    No matter what I do, and even with professional manicures, nothing stays on my nails more than a day… So I can never be bothered to do anything fancy.

  • Posted by: Tahlz68 Enthusiast // Thu, 13 December 2012 01:31pm

    Love the look of the velvet! Will def be trying!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 02:23pm

    I love the nail art tutorials, please keep them up! I’ve learnt so many lil tricks :)

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 07:35pm

    I have tried a bit of nail art but i have not tried anything too dramatic! I have done the coloured tips and pictures of fruit or flowers on a ‘feature’ nail and it always gets comments :)

  • Posted by: Mampha Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 02:15am

    I am too hopeless to do designs on my nails, but I have been loving the amazing things I have seen out and about…
    I really hope it continues… it’s fun and perky.
    The caviar doesn’t do it for me at all… I just KNOW I would pick at it LOL!
    Yesterday i attended a Christmas Party at my Smaller’s creche. One of the Carers had done one decorated nail, and the rest in red, with a Santa belt across the middle of each one. They looked so Christmassy and it was very well done …and might I add… how simple is that? :)

  • Posted by: Mampha Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 02:16am

    Oh! And Bluebird I didn’t see your comment! I was going to add that i love seeing the pics you post of nail art!
    So clever!

  • Posted by: Daria Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 11:36am

    I’m not that brave with nail art but I think that yes, the trend will continue next year (-:

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 06:22pm

    great nail art

  • Posted by: catn2kittens Master Fan // Sat, 15 December 2012 06:59pm

    I have loved nail art for a couple of years now, so glad it’s finally becoming more mainstream!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Tue, 18 December 2012 11:36am

    i love nail art, its so creative, different, and in the case of zooey deschanel, kooky.yes, please keep giving tutorials, i just can’t get enough :)

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Wed, 19 December 2012 01:22pm

    I love being creative with my nails. The studs look awesome…and I like the idea of creating your own texture, I never thought of using a brush to texturise my polish myself.

  • Posted by: meedee Master Fan // Sat, 22 December 2012 10:45pm

    I love all the wodnerful nail art.
    Sady im hopeless with it myself but i do have a couple of the sallt hansen nail kits that i will have a go with one day soon.

  • Posted by: isabella21 Enthusiast // Sun, 30 December 2012 04:04pm

    Yes please. Loved the sharp shapes and lines.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 7 June 2013 09:35pm

    I love the bow tie nails, they look super cool. A great design I think.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 9 June 2013 01:24pm

    i must try Sharp Shapes and Lines, looks great

  • Posted by: cookiesandcream Devotee // Sat, 15 June 2013 10:41pm

    wow theyre all so amazing

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 1 March 2015 05:29pm

    I like nail art tutorials, love discovering new nail art trends and designs.

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