Getting your nails done is no longer just a casual event for manicure lovers. What used to be a simple, quick trip to the salon to clean your nails has now become an hours-long visit all about artistic expression. Dramatic? A smidge, but we've evolved past the typical floral accent and french mani. Instead of just picking a polish color from a shelf of bottles, people now ask for nail art of all kinds to match their mood and show off their own sense of style.
From colorful stickers to chrome finishes to glitzy decals, the different ways to personalize your nails have never been more fun or endless. But just like polish colors, nail art also has its own trends when a new season rolls around. If you've been wondering what you should be asking for this fall to stay on top of the nail art game, Lauren Caruso, founder of Los Angeles' nail bar Color Camp, has a few suggestions.
"In general, people are looking for minimal designs they won't get tired of in a week, that will go with most outfits and that will look good when their nails grow out," Caruso shares with Bustle. In other words, lots of neutrals and negative space, which definitely echoes fall fashion's current love of understated, minimalist designs.
Here are five nail art trends Caruso thinks are going to be major this season. Prepare for some major mani inspo.
1. Barely There Art
Whether you like to keep your nails more traditional or you have a job that requires you to keep your manicure more professional-looking, adding some small decals or simple metallic tape can be a fun way to personalize your manicure, without going too overboard.
"Simple studs and stripes allow for customization beyond basic color selection," says Caruso.
Stars are having a major moment in fashion and beauty right now. Why not embrace it on your nails?
There's nothing new or seasonal about color-blocking, but it's a great way to show off your favorite fall shades.
Caruso suggests color-blocking for those indecisive customers who can't decide on just one shade.
Is anyone else getting candy corn vibes with that accent nail?
3. Glitzy, But Neutral
"Glitter, stars, and sequins are a fun way to add a pop of color while still keeping it relatively neutral," Caruso shares.
You can definitely get away with growing your nails out with designs this minimal.
If you are a fan of the sparkly, glitter trend, but are looking for a more understated, elegant way to rock it, adding sparkle to your nails is the way to go.
4. Negative Space
If you can't make it to the salon every two weeks, but want a fun look for your nails, embrace that negative space.
"Negative space is great for extending the life of your manicure," Caruso shares, especially if your salon offers "Super Gel," a formula that's similar to gel but lasts a couple weeks longer, like Color Camp does.
How gorgeous is this half moon with its deep red wine color? This design is a great way to spruce up your manicure without being too showy.
5. Not-So-Hidden Messages
Words and phrases are everywhere you look, from t-shirts to tote bags. It was only a matter of time when the trend made its way to your nails. Spread some sweet messages through your nail art on an accent nail or write out an entire message across your fingers.
Is there a cuter way to make a statement than with your nails? (Quick answer: No.)
To find more nail art inspiration, be sure to follow Color Camp on Instagram here.