Forget Shellac—Everyone Is Talking About This New Long-Lasting Nail Trend

If, like us, you suffer from beauty FOMO, you might crumble when we tell you the latest nail trend giving us heart palpitations (in a good way) isn’t readily available this side of the Atlantic… yet. It’s called Needle Nails, and we want in.

Needle Nails is a collaboration between designer Rick Owens’s fashion consultant Ambie Stapleton and her tattoo artist pal, Christian Boyd. Currently inking out of NYC, (they have travelled to London and Paris in the past), Needle Nails involves tattooing the nails.

Unlike a classic tattoo, these designs grow out as your nails do, and, surprisingly, there’s no damage caused to the nail. Gels and shellac can cause chipping, flaking and peeling of the nail’s upper layers. With Needle Nails, because the needle doesn’t penetrate below the nail bed, the epidermis stays safe.

Want in? Thought so. We caught up with Stapleton to give us the Needle Nails 101 (oh, and of course, we tried to sway her to come back to Blighty).

Do you have any celebrity clients?

Not yet! I think it would be fun to do certain people, mainly because you have a captive audience for at least an hour! We’ve really enjoyed the people who have come through so far—we’ve had artists, art curators, musicians, students and Vogue editors. I think the best part is the conversations we have while they’re being done. It’s been cool to meet the people who are drawn to them.

Okay, so you’re not here yet, but if we come to you, how do we get an appointment?

Via email or DM.

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