I previously posted about certain Korean nail trends that needed to kick the bucket, but what would I be without posting about current nail trends I actually enjoy? So here they are…5 current Korean nail trends that are the icing on my cake.
1) GRAPHICALLY FRENCH
Why have a normally French mani when you can skip the impressionist era and go straight for modern art? All you need is a steady hand and a brush!
2) GOING LOCO
In Korea, they love their nail art. Now, sometimes this can go very wrong (I’m talking about the tiger claws with the crown jewels AND the queen herself glued to them), but sometimes, they can go very right.
3) THE CHIARA FERRAGNI
Probably the newest trend to hit…makeup roadshop étude house and Laniege both released stickers with eyes and lips…now your nails can look like Chiara’s line of shoes and purses. Plus, if you hit the small local shops in any of the shopping areas, you can get a knock off phone case to match. Tread with caution…your nails don’t want to look like mrs. Potato head exploded on them…
When it is not being used for evil (see previous nail post), cellophane can actually take the graphic look that has recently gained popularity and give it some glam.
5) THE CRESCENT
probably one of my favorite new trends. Unlike it’s brother, the reverse moon, it doesn’t make me want to re polish people’s nails….
1) CARTOON CARTOON
When done well, this takes you back to the joys of middle school…bask street boys, first crushes and….cartoon network. Yes please.
2) SWEETHEART MANI
I usually don’t like things that are too girly, but this trend that has been quite popular (and typically in pastel colors) is so sweet I’m getting cavities.
That is it for now!
Trends come and go and here in Korea it’s no different, but being in a society where nail art is much more prevalent than in the states, you are bound to come a across a few trends thatdon’t float your boat! Without further ado, here are 5 nail trends that make me feel a little titanic.
1) THE OUTLINE While this trend is (thankfully) on the out, I never understood it’s initial appeal. It only makes the nail appear smaller.
2 ) THE LONG NAIL When I was a child, I associated long nails with older women who smelled of gardenia perfume. I still find it impractical. Anyone with contacts will understand the difficulty of trying to get them out when your nails have grown too long! Ouch…
3) THE CLEAR AND COLORFUL I’m instantly brought back to my nail art attempts in middle school. I dont mind the colorful change to a french mani, but I prefer the choice of one color that draws your eye, but doesn’t blind it.
4) CELLOPHANE I have seen this done beautifully, typically when the cellophane has a beautiful pearly iridescence that is paired with white…but lately this green and white versus black and pink has been popping up on many an instagram post. The color clash and graphic confusion feels less like art and more like a broken stained glass window.
5) REVERSE MOON This is the newest fad to be popping up in nail shops in Korea, and probably my least favorite. It reminds me of acrylic nails that have grown out, and I can’t shake the urge to want to finish painting the nail. I find solice in the fact that trends come and go, and that with every trend I don’t like, there is always one I do. 🙂
Stay tuned for my top 5 nail trends in Korea, coming soon!