Nail art: It’s more than painting your nails!
Actually! Make-up just got expanded to the nails too! Nail art is the enjoyest thing in the fashion world, and is taking it by storm. Nail art points to the art of decorating the nails of a person using the several kinds of materials available in the market or stores for the same. Nowadays, technology has made it easier for one than before to flaunt the designs of one’s choice on his or her nails. Nails are now not only layers of keratin but also have evolved into the ultimate means to show one’s creativity. This article studies all about nail art from the process of its evolution to the different kinds that are in vogue in the recent time.
formerly, a manicure or pedicure, coats of nail polish, and/or henna were all one could do with one’s nails. However, that is not the case now. In today’s times, the art that one can flaunt on one’s nails is limited only by one’s imagination. On the other side, nails have turned into a vast canvas, on which one can express one’s creativity in whatever way appeals, out of the wide zone of options available. People are now trying to match their nails to the colors of the season or the colors of their clothes. Nail art today is all the rage everywhere and is the must-do for all kinds of places – schools and colleges, offices, weddings, parties, or just for an outing with friends.
Modern nail art is believed to have its radix in Japan. Nail artists known all over the world, like Eriko Kurosaki, Junco Ogava, and Michiko Matsushita, are Japanese. In ancient India, nail art in the form of designs with henna was very common. Some Indian tribes were also very famous for their unique nail decorations.
Nail art has become very common the world over in the last 10 years or so. Be it on the toes of one’s hands or one’s feet, nail art has emerged as a fashion statement. pretty nail art can be made at one’s home. There are several nail art studios that have come up all over the world, which one can visit for more elaborate and professional designs.
Commonly, nail art is understood to be painting nails. However, indeed, nail art involves a wide range of alternatives, as under:
1) Painting on the nails:
Traditionally, painting the nails is referred to as a simple coat of nail polish. However, today, there is a great variety of designs that can be painted on the nails of a person. These designs can range from flowery and geometrical ones to highly creative, funky ones.
The process of painting the nails is in detail and gives the best results when performed by a skilled nail artist. Firstly, the nails are cleaned and the dead skin and cuticles around the nails are removed. Thereafter, a base coat of paint is applied on them, usually of white color, so as to ensure that the design shows up prettily. In some cases, if a natural look is desired, no base coat is applied. A coat of activation polish is applied on top of this, which ensures that the design dries quickly. At the end, the required design is painted on the nail. Bright colors like silver, gold, red, blue, green, and black are preferred over lighter colors.
Digital nail painting is the latest innovation in the world of nail art. It has made it possible for any kind of photo that the client dreams to be reproduced exactly on the nails. Under this process, the design is scanned into a computer. After the activation coat is applied to the nails, the client is required to put his or her hands into the machine, the design gets printed on the client’s nails in the exact reproduction of the original.
The application of a clear coat of varnish over the design ensures that it lasts for a considerable of time.
2) Applying embellishments:
Some people have been known to decorate their nails by using different kinds of embellishments. These decorations can be anything from glitter, beads, feathers, stones, or flowers, and are glued on the surface of the nail. Precious or semi-precious embellishments can be made use of.
Tiny stickers are also available, which can be creatively utilized to make an attractive design on one’s nails.
Nail art can also be a combination of paint and various kinds of decorations. Paint and stickers, paint and glitter, and paint and stones are some of the most popular combinations.
Nail piercing is another form of nail art that is very popular in today’s times. It refers to the act of piercing the nail, in a fashion like to the piercing of any other body part, and wearing a piece of jewelry in it.
Usually, small rings and other minuscule pieces of jewelry are preferred for use in a nail piercing. Wearing ghungroos is a popular fad in India in today’s times.
4) Acrylic nails:
Using acrylic nails is a perfect way of making one’s nails appear longer and more beautiful. Artificial nails made of acrylic material are stuck on the natural nails of a person, giving them a longer appearance. These nails can be smoothened and given a brush of polish, which makes them look extremely natural.
Acrylic nails hide the flaws of the natural nails of the wearer. Even if a person has chipped nails, the fact can be hidden by using acrylic nails. Modern acrylic nails are quite safe and convenient for use in day-to-day life.
To nail it down
There is no doubt about the fact that the preference and incidence of nail art are growing by leaps and bounds, all across the globe. In spite of the rising popularity of nail art as a form of artistic expression, it still remains the women’s prerogative. It has not become as popular with men. Nail art has not remained restricted only to hip teenagers and college goers, but is being increasingly preferred by middle-aged women as well. Working women love nail art in sober colors and designs.
Before getting nail art done, it is necessary to choose a reputed nail art studio and nail artist to ensure that the process is completely hygienic and safe. It is also necessary to check whether all the paints, embellishments, and jewelry used are in compliance with the health and safety standards laid down in the area in which the studio is located. If these few simple precautions are religiously followed, there is no reason why you can’t have your nails looking all charming and elegant, and play safe and healthy too!
So, what are you waiting for? Get some fab nail art done, and then let your nails do all the talking for you!