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10 Best Nail Art Moments of 2012

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10 best nail art of 2012, caviar nails, matte nails, neon nailsAstonishing, funny or revolutionary these nail art moments had the entire world talking about them. Find out why!

The 10 best nail art moments of 2012:

1. OPI The Man with the Golden Gun. An 18kt real gold top coat that contains gold flecks for a striking manicure! It was probably the most coveted ($30 for a bottle in Australia) and the most talked about polish in blogosphere in 2012.

2. Matte Top Coat. We had them glossy, we had them shiny. Essie changed that by introducing Matte About You top coat that led to the whole new trend in nail art.

3. Zooey Deschanel’s Tuxedo nails. Once they were spotted at the Golden Globes, those nails immediately went viral on Instagram resulting in “OMG! So cute!” screams all around the world. That photo above is the actual Zooey’s photo.

4. Neon nails. We only hope we won’t be ashamed of fluoro nails in the same way we’re now ashamed of wearing shoulder pads in 90-s..

5. The famous-infamous Caviar nails. As pretty as it is, this manicure has a footprint of controversy on it. While Caviar nails were first created by Pattie Yankee and Dashing Diva for 2011 Cushnie et Ochs fashion show, in 2012 Ciaté marketed them as their own invention. They even started a war against nail bloggers for posting DIY caviar nail art. We love caviar mani regardless, don’t we?

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6. Magnetic Nail Polishes. While the history of magnetic nail polishes takes us all the way back to 2007 – Lancome’s Le Magnetique, it is only in 2012 magnetic nail polishes received wide spread. Starting with Waves and now we have even Reptiles.

7. Lana Del Rey nails

Del Rey’s talon-like nails left us speechless yet many of musicians happily picked up ‘elongated’ nails. Love or hate her but Lana set a major nail trend!

8. 3 D nails. Pushing the boundaries of imaginable we’re now attempting to embed into our nail art anything that is embeddable. Not blaming us for that, 3 D nail art can look amazing!

9. Ombre nails (also known as gradient nails). Needless to say, this trend had us instantly. Countless possibilities for colour variations, easy to re-create and let’s admit, ombre nails look so good!

10. $250,000 nail polish. It exists! Kelly Osbourne wore that polish made from 267-carats of black diamonds to the Emmys. Diamonds are girl’s best friends! No?

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  • Anni December 28, 2012, 8:08 am

    Nice ranking, but I don’t think the matte topcoat really belongs here, as all the hype about matte nails took place 2 or 3 years ago…

    • Maria December 28, 2012, 11:39 pm

      Thank you Anni, glad you liked it. You’re right about the matte nails – it isn’t novelty yet they only became a hit in 2012.
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  • Martha December 29, 2012, 1:14 am

    Great round up! I just started my blog in August and I’ve enjoyed being a part of the nail community!
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  • Naomi Hing December 29, 2012, 8:18 am

    I totally loved gradient nails this year!
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  • beachgal December 30, 2012, 8:08 am

    great round up of the trends – I think you got em all…I doubt we will see a ton of neons this yr again – just ’cause that’s how it goes and my bag of maybe 15 of ’em I bought will go silent. I heard that the ‘tallon’ look won’t be back this coming yr – that trend is going under-ground and the look will be less about the extremes of nail art and more to the quite things nail art encompass like gradients and more simple colored French tips.

  • kerker December 31, 2012, 1:13 pm

    Great round up posts. Love the Caviar and 3D nails!
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