Your Ultimate Guide to 2017 Nail Trends
The summer of 2017 is almost over, but we have the hottest trends in the beauty and makeup industry for you. Every year, fashionistas try to come up with a new and creative look that will blow us away. At fashion shows all over the world, in magazines or in some other way, beauty artists are always showing us new trends.
That being said, we have collected all of the hottest nail trends for you in one spot. One thing is certain for 2017: put 10 women together in a room, and you will be hard pressed to find two women with same nails. That is because there are so many trends for 2017. From popular shapes like oval and almond shaped nails to different colors, the 2017 nail trends bring a ton of versatility.
Popular nail shapes for 2017
Much of the focus every year is put on the color and design of the nails. However, this year, we have several different shapes that are great in just about any color you choose. Before we get to the colors, we need to choose our canvas for painting. Here is a quick breakdown of popular nail shapes.
Oval shaped nails
To be fair, oval has been trending for quite some time. And if you want to go further, oval will never go out of style. The best part about oval nails is you get a shape that is practical and feminine at the same time. Long enough to allow you creativity, but not too long to put extra pressure on your nails. There is almost no risk in breaking your nails.
Almond shaped nails
Almond shaped nails are one of the hottest manicure trends for 2017. There are so many reasons almond shaped nails are popular. And there is no sign of it stopping. Almond shaped nails will continue to be a thing in the years to come. They are just that good looking. Celebrities popularized this shape. The nail is slender on the sides and wide at the base, resembling the form of an actual almond.
The nail shape is feminine, and it makes your hands look more delicate. Your fingers look chubby at the same time. And you can try different colors.
There will be more short nails with rounded tips this season for sure. There is a trend among women to move towards a more “low maintenance and carefree” manicure. With that being said, short rounded nails are a universal choice. You cannot go wrong, and anyone can wear them.
Colors and designs
Now that we have looked at the popular shapes, let’s check what some of the manicure buzzing colors are. There will always be a lot of options, but we have rounded up only the best of the best.
Polish on the cuticles
This is a very popular design for your manicure. You do have to be very careful how you execute it. If you do your nails wrong, they will look sloppy. And you definitely do not want that. You can always get them done at a professional salon, however.
The trick is to polish your nails in a nude color, which is also a 2017 nail trend. After you have polished the nails in nude, trace a thin stripe of silver glitter along the cuticle. Bear in mind, not all color combination work.
French manicure with a twist
The French manicure will never go out of style. But every year we see a new and interesting twist on it. This year, nail artists have put an effort to bring back the French manicure to being fashionable.
There are several ways to tweak the French manicure. You can play with non-traditional colors or with shapes. When it comes to shapes, some diagonal white stripes are a modern take on the classic manicure. You can also try some red instead of white for the tips.
It seems like we cannot get enough of ombre. The trend appeared out of nowhere. At first glance, ombre appears complicated and difficult to achieve. However, it is actually quite easy. There are many different ombre styles you can choose, but we recommend you stick to a three color ombre style. For a subtle ombre, go for colors that are very close to each other on the color palette. If you want to pop, you can try colors that are opposite, but they should complement each other.
Dots, stripes and crosses
Think of nails as your personal canvas where you can experiment with everything. As such, they offer you a chance to show off your creativity. Despite their small size, you can paint almost anything on your nails.
Some classic designs include striped nails. When going for stripes, try contrasting colors like green and red. And if you want dots, the classic Minnie Mouse is a must try.
Predominant top color
One of the most remarkable nail trends for 2017, this is also one of the easiest to achieve. You have to apply the base coat of color and then cover it with a top color. Leave only little of the bottom polish showing.
Again, you can play with colors. You can go subtle with similar colors, or you can try something like light gray over a dark blue base.
Glossy nails are usually considered girly. However, even older and more mature women can add some gloss and glitter to their nails. We can safely say that glossy nails are coming back into vogue. Be it oval, rounded or even almond shaped nails, glossy is great in blue, violet, orange and even gray.
Almost bare nails
You can think of this trend as similar to the predominant top color. One trend in fashion, interior design and even beauty is minimalism. In the same time, women want to be eccentric. And that is exactly what this style allows you to do.
The trick is to leave the nails completely nude, and then add just a dab of color. The color is an afterthought. You can go with a random splash, or you can go with a deliberate pattern. It is really up to you.
Matte is a way to look sophisticated and elegant. Or, you can say it is the total opposite of glitter and gloss. This year, however, we have seen a combination of matte and metallic nails, which will absolutely blow you away. Metallic gold and silver painted over with matte top coat. The result is a perfect contrast.
Jewel studded nails
We have seen jewel studded nails in the past as well. But now they are completely taking over the mainstream manicure. The key is precise jewel application. And of course, very strong glue. You can choose what jewel you want to get. Stick to a solid color for the base.
Article by Emily Turk
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