These days basic manicures are so run-of-the-mill. Not only do we feel weird going out of the house without our nails done, but if at least one digit isn’t adorned with some sort of accent, design or decal then it’s like being naked. Such is the craziness of the nail art trend these days.
So in a world where practically everyone has something to brag about at their fingertips, it takes a lot to impress us. But you can definitely colour us impressed with this latest trend: “diamond nails.”
It all started with the “shattered glass” look, which was invented by South Korean manicurist, Eun Kyung Park. Basically she took cut up pieces of candy wrappers, thinned them down with a product she found, wrapped them on her nails and set the look with a gel polish. The result? An amazing, holographic and textured look that basically put all other nail art to shame.
Until now, that is.
After Park began selling foils and at-home stickers so that nail aficionados could create the effect themselves, people began taking the nail game to a whole new level. And now that the trend has become so popular, Park has evolved it into something called “diamond nails.”
Obviously putting real diamonds on your nails is a bit ridiculous, but thanks to the aforementioned foiling technique they look just as mint.
Although Park hasn’t released her exact technique just yet, it looks as though we could get nails like these by swapping out regular foils for holographic ones and then layering the pieces on so they overlap slightly. Or, if you’re looking for a simpler method, Teen Vogue recommends pairing a holographic colour with a flake-finish topcoat. Or, you could always go the Gigi Hadid route and opt for crystals, instead. Sure, they’re not as fancy, but as far as blinged-out nails go they definitely do the trick — especially if you’re looking to fancy up your fingers for the upcoming holiday weekend but don’t have tons of time to experiment.
Now excuse us while we go hunt down some holographic foil…