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The Futuristic Mani

Fri, 25 March 2011 8:22AM

Primpers, are your nails your ‘thing?’ Do you feel ready to take on the world when your digits are ‘done?’ Is that a yes? Well, you’re in for a ton of fun this season, because nail polish and nail art are about to get a whole lot fancier (and easier). Meet the latest nail newbies that are going to rock your sockets off.

Paint job vs nail sticker, can you tell the difference? Carrie Keagen

Texture is the new top coat: Right now, graphic patterns and prints, like polka dots, geometric shapes and a ton of animal-print, are where nail art is at. And it’s got to be all ten digits or nothing. Back in the old days, nail art used to be reserved for one nail only – two if you were feeling bold, but that’s just plain greedy if you ask us.

The French mani-revolution continues: Unlike last season’s daring moon mani (AKA the reverse French manicure), this winter, we’re crowning the traditional French Manicure the 2011 comeback kid. The shy-girls guide to nail art, it makes a statement, without stealing the spotlight. And the best bit? It flatters every nail shape and outfit! Try keeping your nails short and softly rounded on the edges for a natural-looking finish.

Nail strips are the busy-girls guide to manicures: Nail strips are as cool as a cucumber right now. Big on convenience, the latest crop are foolproof to apply, come in more colours, prints and styles than we’ve had hot dinners, and boast zero drying time, meaning you can literally, peel, press, trim and go. Perfect if you’re too busy to sit in a salon and watch your nail art dry, or can’t paint to save yourself. Our vote goes to Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in It Girl and Wild Child, $14.95 (on sale April).

Metallic polish makes you look made-of-money: If you’re new to nail art, take baby steps with a metallic polish. Gold and silver are the hero lacquers for the season, but if you’re keen to try something a little more daring, opt for shimmery lacquers in teal, turquoise or navy for a fresh change.


Are you already on board the nail art train?

Which trend are you most keen to try?

Do you do your own nail art?

Are you a fan of the French Mani?

Words: Eliza Ashe. Pic: Getty.

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  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Fri, 25 March 2011 09:09am

    i love nail art as it always grabs peoples attention! cant wait for the sally hansen strips to come out!

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Fri, 25 March 2011 01:38pm

    I can’t say I’ve tried nail art but I do put some interesting colours on my nails which sometimes raises eyebrows.

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Fri, 25 March 2011 02:30pm

    I so want to get the new Sally Hansent strips, I really want the butterfly pattern!

  • Posted by: Loveanu Enthusiast // Fri, 25 March 2011 02:32pm

    I adore nail art and always after new designs and practice them myself. I would love to try nail strips and nail stickers. I am a big fan of french manicure but its been a while haven’t wore it. I did polka dots, zebra, tiger and leopard nail art on my nails and got appreciated for the same by people around me.Love to experiment with my nails all the time.

  • Posted by: jeffy Master Fan // Fri, 25 March 2011 07:29pm

    I like nail art! Well the more simple stuff tho.. like a leopard print, dots or the Black Shatter OPI nailpolish! Tbh not super excited by the nail stickers I think the overall look is just a bit tacky (

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Sat, 26 March 2011 01:43pm

    Any exact date for the Sally Hansen nail strips release in April? A mate brought them back from the US, already I am totally in love with them…waiting for their release is like waiting for Christmas…

  • Posted by: nwhincup Enthusiast // Sat, 26 March 2011 09:21pm

    Loving the nail art vibe of SHansens. :)

  • Posted by: candyapple Enthusiast // Mon, 28 March 2011 10:42am

    Oooh i love those pink nails!
    I’m keen to try stickers, trying time is always my downfall! And it will be a bonus if they don’t chip like my nailpolish always does!

  • Posted by: candyapple Enthusiast // Mon, 28 March 2011 10:43am

    *drying time!

  • Posted by: samuel Devotee // Mon, 28 March 2011 11:04am

    I’ll board the train especially with the shiny neons they look great for any occassions.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Mon, 28 March 2011 03:47pm

    French mani is such a classic, currently wearing a french mani shade but extra coats so its almost opaque and very soft and feminine. That said, my next colour will be a striking metallic turquoise I think:) Can’t wait to try out these lovelies! as soon as they hit the shelves!

  • Posted by: Bernadette Enthusiast // Mon, 28 March 2011 03:57pm

    Coveting those sally hansen strips. I’m yet to try the stick on nail art revolution, i guess I felt like it was cheating or it would look tacky. But I’m excited to try it after this article

  • Posted by: Lydia-1296109731 Enthusiast // Mon, 28 March 2011 04:40pm

    I really want to give Deborah’s range ago those sparkles are really so pretty!

  • Posted by: Kate-1298427356 Enthusiast // Mon, 28 March 2011 10:44pm

    Loving the hot pink nails in the pic. I’m a little excited for the release of Sally Hansens nail strips and really want to try out the zebra print. I can do nail art myself, but the zebra print never works out exactly how I want it!

  • Posted by: cutecubcub Supporter // Tue, 29 March 2011 08:17am

    These look fun, I can’t wait to try these.

  • Posted by: meandmyface Enthusiast // Tue, 29 March 2011 05:08pm

    Just tried the Sally Hansen nail polish strips yesterday – they are awesome!! Loving them sick right now, totally different than what I expected them to be – feels and smells like real nail polish and not like a ‘sticker’ at all – would highly reccomend them :)

  • Posted by: SorayaRosalie Enthusiast // Fri, 1 April 2011 01:49pm

    Bit too bright for me, I prefer someting toned down.

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Sun, 3 April 2011 02:38pm

    I am a huge fan of gold/bronze hues.

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Tue, 19 April 2011 12:14pm

    I really want to try some strips, they’re all over Primped lately!

  • Posted by: beautybogle // Mon, 2 May 2011 10:32pm

    i tried the sally hansen the other day – they look great and so much easier than painting your nails though they didnt last that long. i also love nail rock nail wraps – heaps of great designs like metallics and animal print. so into nails atm!

  • Posted by: HannahLush Enthusiast // Fri, 6 May 2011 10:58am

    I love bright corally orange pinks and reds :) and the good ole’ french tips -yu can’t go wrong with them!

  • Posted by: swoopingbuzzards Master Fan // Tue, 31 May 2011 02:58pm

    I’m nail polish OBSESSED !
    My all time favourite colours are OPI yodel me on my cell, this amazing greeny blue and OPI diva of geneva a really pretty berry shade with tiny gold flecks.

    I don’t really like OUT THERE, gem covered nails or anything, but I like shatter top coats and playing around with tape and polishes. Also not too keen on the traditional french mani, but what I think is really cool is having coloured tips instead of white.

  • Posted by: Fashionista8P Master Fan // Mon, 11 July 2011 06:44pm

    you would have to be brave while wearing such bright colours… if it chipped, that would look awful

  • Posted by: RROZZ Enthusiast // Tue, 19 July 2011 05:32pm

    I like nails to look either natural or elegant and definitely still fuctional

  • Posted by: bree90 Devotee // Sun, 18 September 2011 02:57pm

    I still love the French mani! But also loving the reverse french mani. Still haven’t tried out the Sally Hansen stick on jobs, will try them eventually!

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Thu, 28 February 2013 01:34pm

    I love nail art and all things nail related :) I do alot of my own nail art, but also use nail strips.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 21 July 2013 03:18pm

    im not really good at nail art

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 25 December 2013 05:11pm

    love the pink shade in the pic above!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Thu, 9 October 2014 08:09pm

    I love the colour, absolutely gorgeous. Its a great shade for spring and summer.
    I love nail art and I do attempt to do my own.

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