5 Nail Trends I’m Not Sure I Understand

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.

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.

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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