Bare nails have made quite a splash on tips and toes this year. Although polished tips will always have a special place in our hearts, showing off your natural nails can be just as complementary as wearing your favorite duochrome. If you’re interested in rocking healthy natural nails–and are suffering (only slightly) from color fatigue–here is a bare nail teaser that still allows all nail junkies to keep their favorite nail polish bottles close.
This isn’t a new phenomenon—nail art on bare nails has been huge in Asia for some time, and received a lot of attention on the recent runways of Rachel Comey, Threeasfour, Suno, Katie Gallagher, and more. But with the recent surge of nude nails, nail art on the natural nail is the perfect way to not abandon your love of color entirely.
There are no hard and fast rules about displaying your natural nails, but one thing is key, make sure your nails aren’t stained from previous color. You can prevent this, and always be bare nail ready, by starting every manicure with a base coat. After prepping your nails and applying a base, think about your desired design. Drawing a blank? Think your natural nail as one of the colors in your overall look. Whether marbled, floral, gradient or your favorite city’s skyline, your natural nail will create a subtle but distinctive backdrop. Like any other manicure, the possibilities are endless, so you should probably give this year’s edgy, but classic manicure trend twist a go.
What design would you do on your natural nails?