By Danielle Workman |Staff Writer|
New spring trends are inspiring students to design their fingernails.
Nail design gives our imagination the ability to run wild and transform our nails to an artistic canvas.
Whether you paint them yourself, or you relax with a manicure, it is something most of us do regularly.
Nail polish colors and trends continuously change, like the weather. Within the past year, a few trends have painted their polish to stay for good.
Gel polish, art design and neutral colors are among the few that are the ultimate craze at the moment.
A gel polish manicure lasts for about two weeks, without chipping or cracking and stays shiny the entire time.
Although it is very popular and trendy at the moment, many women do not know all the risks involved with receiving a gel manicure.
In order for gel nail polish to work, you have to place your hands under a UV lamp at various times during the manicure, for up to eight minutes.
“The lengthy dose of UV light used to dry the gel is known to damage skin cells much in the same way as tanning beds,” states Dr. Chris Adigun of NYU Langone Medical Center.
“I know there are risks with gel manicures, but I like them better because they last longer than regular polish,” explains student Kirsten Ukkestad.
So if you want fun, polished nails without the risk, student Meganne Krewson recommends nail art!
“You can be creative with patterns, prints and decorate with the paint. I do mine myself so I can constantly change them!” said Krewson.
With nail art, you are able to add 3-D features like rhinestones, studs and flowers.
“I like patterns. They are really personable and the spring nail trends reminds me of the 80s,” said student Olivia Holt.
Art design is very fun and imaginative.
You are able to choose a pre-made design like hearts and flowers, or you can create something just for you, like spelling out your name or a unique Aztec design.
Other than gel polish and art design, the classic painted nail is always in style.
OPI is famous for their unique polish names, and always on-trend polish colors.
Each season OPI is inspired by a current event or popular attraction. The Spring 2013 OPI collection is inspired by Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful movie.
With a total of six colors in the collection, you can see that pales, neutrals and glitters are the go-to colors for the spring season.
With names like, ‘When Monkey’s Fly!” and “Glints of Glinda,” who wouldn’t want to apply the mystical polishes to their nails?
Express your inner artist this season and find nail inspiration on social media by searching #nailart, #naildesigns or any nail polish brands like #OPI.