New Year = New nail trends.

Each year has its own styles, Colours, Textures and Techniques. Some styles were taken to newer levels in 2012 while others were forgotten. For example, I remember crackle nail paints were so hot at one time but know it’s so out of fashion. Personally I still like them and find them quite handy to add some accent or little detailing in my nail arts and nail polish designs.

Speaking of the trends for 2013, this year many new and easy nail art designs techniques are going to be seen on runways and streets. There is something for everyone and every taste.

1. Colours

As Pantone has announced Emerald green color as the color of the year, you can see many hues of green this year. And many of your favorite brands will be introducing their emerald green shades.  From mint to emerald green nail polishes and emerald to dark green, every hue of green is in fashion this year.

Dark and vampy shades aren’t too far behind! They are going to be in fashion throughout the year, not just during the winters. Some of the colors which fall in this category are oxblood, navy blue, dark grey and eggplant shades.

Pale shades are also in fashion this year. This is for the girls who love neat and subtle look. Just paint your nails in milky white shade or cotton candy pink shade and you are good to go.

Gray is the new nude this year! This color is emerging as a new desired shade of 2013.

Neon shades are very much in too. Colors like black, white and red are always in fashion.

2. Textures

This year many textures will be introduced and last year’s textures will be taken to new advanced looks.

OPI has released its liquid sand nail polish this January. So gritty matte sandy texture, velvet nails and leather nails are in fashion. Illamasqua has introduced rubber nail enamel which is more advanced version of matte nail polish.

Caviar nail art will be in but with some twist like seen on spring/summer fashion runway.

3. Finish

Metallic finish is in this year and it is not restricted to only gold, silver or bronze colors but you can wear metallic nails in any color from bright red metallic nails to purple metallic nails.

You can also add some flashes of metallic nail color to your manicure like shown in the picture below:

Glitter finish is in but with a twist you can dust off some of the glitter on your tips or add a glitter nail accent to your manicure.

Real gold infused top coats are also very much in but they are very expensive but get the look you can use big chunky gold glitter top coat.

4. Nail arts

Simple, chic and non-complicated nail designs are going to be in this season.  The most prominent and basic designs which are in this year are:

a) Two tone manicure:

Use of two colors in one nail art. You can also add shadow effect to your nails by painting them half in one color and other half in grey color.

b) Sideways French manicures:

This look can be achieved by painting your nails in one color and adding thick white line on either left or right side of your nail.

c)Two tones French manicures:

Instead of using boring colors of a simple French manicure …you may try using contrasting colors. Like painting your nail in one color and adding contrasting shade of tip instead of white. Also as neon shades are very much in this you can add neon tips to your manicure.

d) One of a kind French manicure:

Replace your boring white tip with animal prints, beaded, glitter or some chic design tip

e) Adding edgy or dark elements:

Adding edgy or dark elements in your nail arts are very much in this year. Like doing Blood dripping nail arts or adding shark bits or doing skull nail arts 2013.

f) Adding nail jewelry:

Adding nail jewelry to your nails are very much in you can add few pieces of these to create an accent.

g) Lace:

Lattice work nails or lace nails are in this year you can stick lace stickers or stamp or free hand nail stickers to get the look.

h) Gingham pattern:

Creating gingham pattern by crossing lines are very much in 2013.

i) Vertical ombre lines:

Creating vertical ombre lines using different hues of same colors is required to get this trend right on your nails.

j) Not so perfect half moons:

To get this look just add contrasting color to the moon part of your nail and here you don’t need to be perfect as irregularity is the key to get this look perfect.

k) Adding 80’s vibe or some different color block:

To get this look paint your nails in some taupe shades and add vertical thick black line middle starting from the center of your nail to the free edge.

5. Length and shape

Very long nails will go out of fashion in 2013. The length which is in fashion this year ranges from short to medium length and nail shape in fashion is square and oval shape.

6. Techniques

As easy to do nail arts are in this year with any technique which helps in getting the required result is in this year. Stamping, gel, acrylics everything is in.

Which nail trends do you like most? You can also download nail art app for french nail designs, glitter nail arts, glequins and many more. Do share your views on this.


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  • Jasmine

    lovely article!

    • puja malhotra

      thanks jasmine..:)

  • Mounika Raghavan

    Nicely covered. I agree with you on the Nail length. Time for shorter nails to be in vogue.

    • puja malhotra

      thanks Mounika..ya short to medium length are in fashion now..:)

  • Sreelatha K

    Thanks for the article.
    Very Useful !
    Hope to see more useful articles from you Puja!

    • puja malhotra

      Thanks a lot dear…:)

  • Sreelatha K

    Very Useful !
    Hope to see more useful articles from you Puja!

    • puja malhotra

      thanks sreelatha…will try my best to give good articles..:)

  • Shaista

    Nice article poja :) keep it up :)

    • puja malhotra

      thanks Shaista..:)

  • Gurleen

    Wow. I am really liking the Two tone French manicure. Looks awesome.

    • puja malhotra

      Thank u so much…gurleen…:)

  • Oindrila

    Wow awesome article! :)

    • puja malhotra

      Thanks oindrila..:)

  • Meghana

    Thanks for the tutorial its easy wear.i am a big fan of nail designs.thanks for sharing :)

    • puja malhotra

      Thanks meghana……:)

  • KeerthanaMalhotra

    this is interesting and so helpful! i looooove the Emerald green color one i want to try this color soon and I like the way that you explain every steps very thoroughly! Thanks :)

    • puja malhotra

      Thank u so much keerthana….even I am loving emerald green very much…:)

  • divya

    i like thisnail design

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