Whether on the Fashion Week runways or your Instagram feed, cuticle couture is officially taking over the nail art world. From glitter to negative space to heavy metal accents, nail artists are dressing up the cuticle area with bold designs that command attention. Check out the top cuticle art looks we’re obsessing over right now.
Leave it to celebrity nail artist Britney Tokyo to take cuticle art to the next level. The trick to recreating Toyko’s ultra-edgy look? Allowing a little of the ring embellishment to hang down around the skin. This creates the illusion of a pierced nail minus the pain, of course!
A thin glitter outline is the easiest way to dress up a matte hue. To achieve the shimmering look, nail artist Harli G applied liquid bandage around the nail, then applied a loose glitter. “Liquid bandage is waterproof and meant to be applied to the skin,” she says. “Just like jewelry, you can remove the glitter at night and try out a new polish and glitter combo the next day!”
For a more elegant look, opt for a flesh-tone polish, then apply tiny gems at the base of the nail to add a hint of sparkle to the solid hue. For best adhesion, use a clear gel to secure the gems onto the nail and cure.
Still reminiscing over festival season? This Evil Eye mani has a cool, boho feel while still looking wearable for fall. To create the all-seeing design, apply white gel polish at the base of the nail and cure, then use a detail brush to paint a black arc or a half-moon shape above the cuticle. To finish, add the lashes and a dot of color in the center of the white gel polish, and you’ll be safe from bad vibes throughout the day.
Forget about wearing your heart on your sleeve! This season, rock tiny hearts on your nails! For longer-lasting results, try using cuticle tattoos rather than traditional polish as the tattoos are designed to be used on your skin.