Nailed It!

This season’s hottest nail trends are at your fingertips.

From intricate nail designs that take hours to perfect, to supremely chic nude-colored finger tips, up-and-coming liquid polish alternatives and top designers joining the world of nails, saying nails are “trending” is an understatement.

If you’ve ever treated yourself to special nail art, you know it takes a little longer, requires special nail design skills, and looks more glamorous than your everyday mani-pedi. Miyuki Otake is an in-demand Honolulu nail art expert known for her chic and intricate custom designs.

A nail art manicure from Otake lasts for weeks thanks to her high-quality gel polishes and jewel embellishments, which she ? ies to Japan every year to stock up on. Otake’s clients look through her sketchbook of design ideas, bring a photo of a design they saw online, or describe a vision of what they have in mind and Otake will deliver. Moroccan-inspired bohemian tile designs, pastel agate stone nails and botanical nails are a few customer favorites.


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Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Gatsby $18 at Sephora (photo courtesy brand).

It’s hard not become mesmerized with her beach-inspired nail art, which you can browse on her Instagram (@mkmk1209). Since she is in high demand, Otake is only available through appointments by emailing Clients can also arrange for Otake to come to their home for a private nail session. An average appointment takes about two hours and rates range from $70 to $120, depending on the difficulty of design. For ladies who want to channel a chic minimalistic look, nude-colored nails are an instant pick-me-up that make hands look clean, fresh and polished. Get inspired from Karen Walker’s Fall/Winter 2016 Ready-to-Wear show, where models walked the runway with two coats of JINSoon Dulcet polish for a toffee-beige shade. There’s a modern “cool girl” feel to nude-colored nails that revamps any age-old idea that the color is boring.

But good ol’ fashioned liquid nail polish isn’t the only way to paint your nails anymore. Dip powder is a new polish option that’s convincing die-hard acrylic and gel fans to switch up their go-to polish for a healthier alternative.

The powder comes in an array of colors that you dip your fingers into instead of brushing on a coat of polish. Consider the trend as a milder alternative to acrylics that are easier to apply and remove, and are less damaging to your nail beds.

Besides powder polish, there’s also spray-on polish. Milk Makeup’s Spray Nail is a spray-on polish that makes at-home manicures a whole lot easier. The polish comes in three metallic hues, applies easily without any streaks or bubbles, and dries almost instantly. If you’re worried about extra polish on your fingers, don’t—a quick rinse with soap and water washes off excess polish.

When it comes to your favorite designers, they’re unleashing their own take on polishes that exude the same energy as their trademark looks. Take Christian Louboutin, whose nail lacquer bottle oozes classic Louboutin sexiness or Marc Jacobs’ polishes, which come in a range of eclectic colors just like his vibrant runway clothes. Designer Tom Ford unveiled his own line of flirty colors too. Wearing your favorite designer everyday just got a little bit easier.

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