10 innovative ideas for your next manicure

A manicure can be more than cutting your nails and choosing a new color. You can reflect a seasonal look, showcase a specific design, or use contrasting colors to add a whimsical touch to the look. Here are ten fun tips to use on your next salon visit.

1) Add some shine

Without going overboard, silver or gold glitter can make your nails stand out. It’s a versatile style too. The glitter can cover the entire nail or just cover the outer edge to bring out a more conservative color.

2) mirror nails

Mirror nails use a reflective service to catch the light and the attention of everyone in the room. Wear them with a dark background, like a little black dress, to stand out.

3) Mix and match colors and finishes

Don’t be afraid to experiment with both colors and finishes on the same finger. For example, a gold band with a glossy finish next to a matte maroon base can look striking.

4) Polka Dot Madness

Polka dots are a fun and flexible design. The dots themselves can be multicolored or all one color. Rainbow dots on a black base go with everything. The dots can be any size, depending on how bold the client wants to be.

5) Add a Hand Massage

A manicure can be more than a style update. Try a hand massage the next time you’re at the salon. Studies show that a hand massage relaxes the muscles and the mind. Also, they feel good and the massaging lotion will revitalize your hands and skin.

6) Irregular Patterns

Not all patterns have to be predictable. A popular way to mix things up is to invert the color selection on one finger, such as a white lacquer with a red border, except for one finger that is all red. It’s a creative way to stand out and let the secondary color take center stage for a moment.

7) French Tips

A French tip usually starts with longer, blocked nails. Then the emerging part of the nail can contrast with the rest of the nail. Don’t be afraid to throw in a spiral or zigzag design at the ends to take advantage of this trend.

8) Try a gel manicure

Acrylic nails have been around for years, but gel nails are on the rise. Start with a natural color to see if they match your preferred aesthetic and go progressively bolder the next time around.

9) The ruffian

This style paints close to the nail bed and frames the primary color. Use a darker color along the edge of the nail and fill in the rest with a lighter shade for an easy, mature look.

10) Get a surprise!

Depending on the nail salon, a client might let the manicurist choose the design for a surprise. They often have a deep reservoir of colors and patterns with which to draw. A few suggestions can help guide style preference for those who are nervous about full surprises.