5 Nail Trends I'm Not Sure I UnderstandSarah Kane

It seems like just about everyone is talking about nails these days. Or maybe it’s just because I’m always talking about nails. Anyways, this past week, I just started my new job as a nail technician, and it’s already obvious that this industry is full of talented and creative professionals. It’s astounding how much time and artistic skill can go into someone’s manicure.

If I had to guess, I would say that I LOVE about 98 percent of the nail photos I’ve seen, and I’ve spent a lot of time looking at photos of nails. It’s hard not to notice when nails are all over the Internet and on the runways and in fashion magazines. It truly pains me to do this, but there are a few nail trends that I can’t get behind. If you’ve ever spent time trolling the Internet for nail art, I’m sure y’all have seen some photos on Instagram or Pinterest that just made you go, “… huh?” or “how do you go to the bathroom with those?”

Here’s a list of five nail trends that I’m just not sure I fully understand.

1. Super long, white nails

I’m not saying I don’t like white nail polish. I frequently use white as a base for my own manicures, because it’s so easy to layer designs on top of. However, white is a tricky color to work with, and can very easily look tacky or trashy. I like them best on shorter nails, in the summertime, because they compliment a tan very nicely. In my opinion, long, white acrylic nails just look way too intense, like someone painted them with White-Out. So, Miley, big fan of “Bangerz” but if I see those white nails in another video, I might lose it.


2. Duck Feet Nails

I can’t believe these are a thing. Duck nails are artificial nails with an extreme shape. They flare out at the tip, creating a wider free edge than the nail itself. While I was in beauty school, I watched my instructor put a set of duck nails on another nail student. She made them shorter, more an “active length.” That made them look a lot better, but still not a good nail shape for me personally. The really long Duck nails look like their only function would be to scoop guacamole into your mouth.

duck feet nails

3. Absolutely outrageous 3D nail art

I am all about expressing yourself artistically, with whatever medium you want (isn’t art is awesome?!). 3D Nail art is amazing, and I’ve been working on stepping up my 3D embellishment game. But some of the nails you see in nail art competitions can get pretty crazy. Sometimes they don’t even look like nails! Yes, it’s creative, but I still can’t help but wonder what it would be like to try to take out my contacts with these. *shudders*


4. Texture Nail Polish

Sandy looking nail polish is another trend I can’t get behind. I bought a bottle of Milani Texture a while ago, and only used it once. I was kinda confused, like am I supposed to use top coat? My nails looked matte but felt gritty and bumpy. It was WEIRD. Several nail polish companies have created their own collections, like Zoya’s Pixiedust or OPI’s Liquid Sand. I like the look more if it’s a more neutral polish color, or used as a design accent, but definitely not for a full manicure.


5. Caviar Manicures

I got a Ciate Caviar Nail Set for Christmas last year from my room mate, and I’ve only used it once. They were really cool to look at and to photograph, but once I started using my hands, those little beads got EVERYWHERE. They were all in my bed and between the keys of my laptop and slowly but surely, they all fell off. I think they look good in moderation, but they’re just not practical for a full manicure.

caviar nails

Are there any nail trends that you’re not a fan of?

Miley photo via, duck feet nails via , 3D nails via, Texture manicure and Caviar manicure photos are my own.


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  1. I didn’t even know duck feet nails were a thing. I would have loved to have kept it that way…

  2. Yeah no a fan of long nails in general, regardless of color. Textured nails? Ew. BTW, caviar nails are textured too. So, really anything textured should be a no-no (including fur nails). And I love someones comment on nail piercings. LOL I totally remember those. Horrible. And in response to someone else: I had never heard of oyster nails and upon looking them up, they are officially my least favorite.

  3. Furry textured nails!
    And those deathly sharp pointed nails! *ouch* .. how would anyone even go about without scarring themselves with those. :/

  4. I don’t like any of these trends either. I also don’t really understand stiletto nails. I don’t like the creepy pointed look. I also have four kids, so it would never be practical for me to be jabbing my little ones all the time. I haven’t tried the sandy, or textured nails, but I did do the cracked paint one and it drove me nuts! Plus it didn’t last very long.

  5. I fully agree with you !
    I also do not care for nails that look like talons (is that how it’s spelt ?)

  6. All of these bother me, especially the sand nails. Looks exactly like when I paint my nails too close to bedtime. Know what I mean? Does anyone remember Neil piercings from back in the 90s? Lol. Just remembered those.

  7. Long nails . . . ew. I think they are so creepy and gross! I’m not exactly sure why . . . Like a cross between a witch and a high maintenance ‘you-know-what’. Ideal is fingertip length to a 1/8″ overhang. I like my nail like my man — clean cut and tailored!

  8. All of the above, and, OH-MY-GOD, the cracked nail polish. I’ve never tried it cause it looks so tacky to me!

  9. Duck feet nails? Say what? Those are weird!

  10. I hate the long pointy nails…. i think they’re called stiletto? ugh! icky…

  11. I *knew* the duck nails had to be on here. I just don’t get them. Andplusalsobytheway, the textured nail polishes? I get the shivers just thinking about trying to remove them. WORST. FEELING. EVER.

  12. I like both white manicures and caviar manicures. I dislike square shaped nails. I prefer oval or pointy.

  13. Stiletto nails…what is the point?!

  14. My least favorite are the really long pointy ones…are they for self defense or…?
    As a guitar player and bowler I have always favored my natural nails.

  15. Here’s one trend everyone can agree on: Jamberry Nail Wraps!!!!
    Check them out at http://www.jamswithjuli.jamberrynails.net

  16. French manicures with black tips. It just looks like there’s dirt under the fingernails. Disgusting.

  17. I’m kind of over the magnetic look, and I also hate the long French manicure acrylic nails because they look like porn star or stripper nails.

  18. I’ve never actually seen anyone use it but one company in the UK makes ‘ nail fur’ which I presume you stick on top of your nail polish and just the thought of having furry nails gives me the creeps!
    I totally don’t get those super long 3D ones either, and I’m glad you said that about the caviar because I have some (ciaté too actually) and I haven’t used it because even just opening the bottle sent little beads everywhere and I don’t think I could handle it!

  19. Totally agree with all of these. Especially duck nails (which for some reason makes me have the Duck Tails (Wood oooh) theme song stuck in my head… They seem the most impractical to function with but I suppose they prevent women from picking their noses. ..

  20. Whenever I’ve worn white nail varnish in the past I always get some smart Alec ask if I had issues with tipex.
    Also I hate those oyster nails. They’re a fake nail with an pearl underneath, (so the pearl is nestled inbetween your natural nail and fake nail. They look like your nail has lifted off.