4 Unexpected Ways to Wear Metallic Nails Right Now
While there is definitely an anything goes feeling in beauty right now, when it comes to nails a metallic finish is favourable. Countless designers sent models down the S/S 16 catwalks with sheeny, shimmering nails. Luckily there are plenty of different takes on the trend, so you can choose to wear it your way. Keep scrolling and we'll reveal the four ways to wear metallic nails this season.
The easiest way to wear the metallic trend is to apply one opaque polish all over: If it's good enough for Chanel... Choose silver (seen at Chanel), gold or bronze. At Reem Acra the look was sheer, which is a brilliantly modern way to wear metallics. You can make your own translucent metallic polish by taking a clear top coat and emptying out a fifth of the bottle into the bin. Gradually add drops of the metallic nail shade of your choice. Shake the top coat bottle to mix, and test as you go. Add more of the colour until you reach the level of translucency you want. For a grown-up take—apply a glitter polish over a matching opaque polish in the same metallic hue, seen at Badgley Mischka.
With glitter you don't need to be too neat, which is great if your nail painting skills leave a little (or a lot) to be desired. At the S/S 16 shows, glitter was used in different ways to create multiple effects. At Naeem Khan glitter was applied over a nude opaque polish just at the cuticles. Alternatively, make like the models at Alice and Olivia and paint your glitter polish over a naked nail—this nails (sorry) two trends in one: floating nail art and metallic. For a more sophisticated take, look to the Badgley Mischka show and match your glitter top coat to the metallic polish underneath, the focus here is more on texture than glitter.
If you want to keep things simple but still make a statement then go graphic: It's a modern, sportier take on the trend. At Noon by Noor, Morgan Taylor manicurist Gina Edwards painted a thin line of silver down one side of each nail. If you don't have a steady hand then use silver striping tape (£1) as they did at 3.1 Phillip Lim. The thin, sticky tape can be applied on the nail to create different designs from various stripes, lattices and checks.
Textured metallic nails are a more out-there way of embracing the trend. To get the look at Giamba, you can use a variety of foil-effect nail polishes and brush them randomly onto the nails. Alternatively, you can re-create a textured look like the one spotted at Manish Arora. Inspired by the shattered glass nail art trend that was huge in Korea last year, this look requires time and patience!