Are classy yet yawnsome nails soon to be a thing of the past, or primarily aisle-exclusive, à la Kate Middleton or Queen Elizabeth who swear by Essie's Ballet Slippers, sheer pastel pink shade? Nude nails pale into insignificance now that geode nails are one of the biggest sensations to hit fingertips across the globe.
Natural earthy shades are combined with shimmering or marble-effect varnish, glitter and a nail grinding tool. Another foolproof route to the look can be achieved with acrylic shaping powders like Kiara Sky's wonder product, or layering gel polish and drilling it off.
Learn how nail artists achieve out of this world galaxy-inspired nails in these tutorials that tap the sparkly talisman-like mani craze.
First up, nail superstar Suzie Moskal gives a step-by-step salon guide to the galaxy-style mani, featuring gel polish and paint -- note a nail dryer is needed:
Nail tech professional AlisonNicole joins Glam and Glits Nail Design to share her skills for nails that look like "crystals shining from a rock" effect, using Kiara Sky products.
In keeping with the natural, bohemian-tinged, stone-inspired nail trend, leading mainstream favorite Nails Inc has launched a new range channeling the feel-good vibe and offering stunning, easy-to-wear shades to get creative with.
The Mindful Manicure line features iridescent polishes -- perfect for recreating the galaxy look -- and a top coat infused with well-being-enhancing tourmaline, quartz and citrine. The gemstone formulas claim to provide stress relief, promote happiness or offer 'heart shielding' properties.
And with names like Good Vibes Only Aura Enhancing Rainbow top coat, Nails Inc is positioning nails to be about more than just the surface. Meanwhile, nailistas will be pleased to know that June kicks off with Essie's first ever National Nail Day in the US, offering nail artists another excuse to get creative with gold foil, glitter and gel polish.
This story first appeared on AFP Relax News, June 1st 2017.