I noticed lately nail art has been breaking its borders. It’s not just nails that we paint on these days, nail art has extended to fingers too. Cuticle tattoos, Lorde’s frostbitten nails and recently, nails at the Thome Browne NYFW show. It seems like it’s all heading towards getting our cuticles involved in the game of nail art.
So, inspired by this emerging trend, (remember you heard it first here) I decided to come up with my own version of cuticle nail art or, ‘extended nail art’ in the form of today’s black and silver nails. The main idea was to create a pattern that will organically extend from nails to the cuticles. Not just a random doodle but a design that unites nails, cuticles and fingertips.
To get the look:
- Paint all nails with 2 coats of matte silver nail polish. I used Severina Soft Silver.
- Using a striping nail art brush and black polish, paint moon details on pointer and little fingernails. Paint stripey patterns on all other nails.
- Using a dotting tool and black nail polish, create a dotted pattern on all nails as pictured.
- Using the same dotting tool, a brush and black nail polish, paint patterns on your fingers . Clean up around cuticles where required. Done!
Note: the beauty of painting on fingers/cuticles is that if you make a mistake, you can remove it and re-do very quickly. In my experience, it’s actually easier to paint nail polish onto skin than on nails. A surprising & unexpected discovery!
If you’re curious to see how I wore this nail art in real life, check them out with this all black outfit.
So what do you think about Extended Nail Art? Are you keen to join the cuticle nail art revolution?
As always, if you recreate this nail design or maybe come up with your own version of cuticle nail art, tag it #SoNailicious on Instagram/Twitter, we’d love to see your work!