Published on Monday, March 25, 2013 - 4:29pm
The nail art trend is taking the fashion world by storm! Celebrities like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga are sporting some of the coolest nail art around, and fashion designers are hiring manicurists to create glamorous intricate looks for their runway shows, complete with jewels and embellishments.
Other makeup trends, like eyeliner, have been around since ancient times, but the history of nail polish and nail art actually began quite recently. Nail color as we know it today was invented in the 1930s. It was inspired by car paint!
At first, women did not paint their entire nails, but rather painted only the center portion of their nails, leaving the white tips that protrude beyond the fingers and the half moons at the cuticle bare. In the 1940's, polish was extended all the way to the tip of the nail, but the "moons" remained bare through that decade, too. We tend to think of pinks and reds as traditional nail polish colors, so it may be surprising to learn that the first nail polishes came in a wide variety of colors, including emerald green! Emerald green happens to be Pantone's 2013 color of the year - another hot trend.
Throughout the years, the art of manicure has evolved as new technology was invented. Wraps, tips, acrylic nails, and now gel manicures have become available - first at salons and then to DIY at-home nail artists.
The DIY aspect of nail art is what makes it so fun! While we may covet the dresses worn by celebrities and shown on supermodels in runway shows, most of us will never be able to afford them. However, we can cheaply and easily copy the nail looks created by famous manicurists and seen on our favorite celebrities -- everyone can participate in the nail art trend.
People of any age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or gender can create their own nail art. All you need is a few bottles of nail polish and some imagination! DIY nail art can be done with professional tools, or with inexpensive household items, like toothpicks, scotch tape, craft glitter and hole reinforcers (yes, I'm talking about those little circular stickers that you can put on your note paper when it's tearing and threatening to fall out of your binder).
Some current trends in the nail art world are "stiletto" or "lotus" shaped nails (pointy), studs, ombre colors (either progressing from one color to another on the same nail or using lighter and deeper shades of the same hue on individual nails) and the vintage-inspired moon-icure, or reverse French manicure.
If you want to learn how to do your own nail art, or if you're looking for something fun to do during spring break, you're in luck! On Wednesday, April 3 at 3 p.m., we're going to have a nail art tutorial program for teens & tweens here at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library. Nail polish and all other materials will be provided by the librarian. All participants will get their own emery boards and cuticle pushers to take home and keep, plus a surprise beauty product sample party favor! While we wait for our nails to dry in-between colors, we will learn how to search for online video tutorials of nail art and other beauty projects.
This program is for ages 10 to 18. Please be sure to get permission to paint your nails from your parent/guardian before attending the program and come to the program with clean, dry nails (remove any nail polish before coming to the library - we will not have nail polish remover available during the program).