It is not often that a trend comes along that transcends all ages, sizes and tastes. So when one does, it is not surprising than everyone and anyone jumps on the bandwagon. So get your emery boards at the ready because it’s time to nail it!

If you are an avid follower of Pinterest, Instagram, in fact any social media outlet, there is no way you could have missed the constant stream of nail art images. From Halloween inspired talons to crackled effect, there is a fingertip trend for everyone. It is hard to pinpoint exactly where this trend started, but there are memories of early attempts at nail art lurking in the dark recesses of nineties school days, when your friends would stab polka dots onto your nails with tip-ex. But those were the days of hair mascara (don’t ask) and thankfully we’ve come a long way since then.

Whilst polka dots are still an impressive stab at nail art, early adopter Zooey Deschanel took this a step further by painting tiny tuxedoes on to her nails at the 2012 Golden Globes. Since then we’ve seen ladybirds, butterflies, dip dye and animal print, not to mention all the seasonal options we have coming up for Halloween and Christmas.


The real drawback to this trend is that unless you have nerves of steel and the steady hand of a ninja you will need to ask for help. Many salons have now started to offer a huge array of options for nail art, although costs can start to get pricey. Alternatively, you could invest in some fake nails to minimise the fuss or start begging your friends to take art classes.

Whichever route you go down don’t forget to pin, instagram or tweet your nail artwork, after all what is the point nailing it if no one gets to see it?

By Samantha Vandersteen

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