There’s always something new when it comes to doing your nails. Move over nail art, because watercolor manicures are the new kid on the block. I’m one of those people that doesn’t feel completely put together until my nails are done, so it’s always fun to try something new. If you’re the same way and are dying to make your nails stand out, it’s time to try the watercolor manicure trend. Here’s everything you need to know to make the look work for you. Have fun!
1. What is a Watercolor Manicure?
You know how a watercolor painting is diluted and sort of see-through, right? Much like watercolor paints, the polishes you use for a watercolor manicure go on bright, but are a bit clear so you can see through them just a little bit. They give you just the most subtle tinge of color on your nails, but come in all sorts of shades. Sound like something you want to try?
2. Where Can I Buy the Colors?
As this trend continues to grow in popularity, chances are you’ll be able to find the watercolor polishes at just about any drugstore at any price. Right now, Yves St. Laurent and OPI make some great choices in a range of colors so you can grab a bottle and give it a try. Look for red, orange, pink and purple. Which color would you love to use first?
3. What Kind of Commitment Are Watercolor Nails?
The great thing about watercolor nails is that you don’t have to commit to tons of upkeep or maintenance. The colors are just bright enough to give you a fantastic manicure, but light enough that chips and dings aren’t totally noticeable so you don’t have to worry about constant touch ups. Watercolor nail colors are similar to lip tints. Just slap in the color and go without having to repair throughout the day. Perfect!
4. Can I Wear the Colors Combined with Others?
Of course you can! The great thing about watercolor polish is that you can wear it alone for a polished and elegant manicure, but you can certainly combine them with other colors for fun and exciting new looks. Try layering them over traditional polish colors for a slightly fluorescent look. You can also use the various colors to create an ombre effect on your nails.
5. Are They Easy to Apply?
Watercolor nail polish is just as easy to apply as other colors. You simply swipe on a couple of coats and you’re done. However, if you pick up one by mistake, you might be frustrated by the lack of coverage, so be sure that you want to do a watercolor look before you get started.
6. How Can I Tell if a Color is Watercolor?
My best advice here is to read the label or research the item on Google to be sure you’re getting what you’re paying for. You should be able to tell if the polish is a watercolor one simply by putting it on your nails, so it isn’t difficult, especially if you can test it before buying.
7. Where Can I Pull off a Watercolor Manicure?
Unlike some of those funky nail art designs you see on Pinterest, you can wear a watercolor manicure pretty much anywhere. The look is sophisticated enough for the office, but cool enough for a weekend trip with the girls. Bottom line – you can do a watercolor manicure for just about any event, occasion or everyday thing you need to do. Awesome!
Have you ever tried a watercolor manicure? Do you think you’d like how it looks?