The Minimalist Mani

When I was little, maybe about 7 or 8, I got a nail art set. It came with every colour nail polish and a book that taught how to make mini rainbows or turn your toenails in to little piggies. I became a bonafide nail artist with that thing. That phase was kind of short lived though, because I realized that I hated touching other people’s toes and . But my point here is that I’ve always been intrigued in nail art.

The thing is, though, as I’ve gotten older I just don’t have the same inclination for fanciful embellishments. I was never a huge fan of the exotic-flower-with-jewels type deal that was super popular at the nail salons or the patterns that were all the rage in high school. I definitely prefer my nails to be more streamlined (read: I’m lazy and can’t be bothered). So while I do still appreciate a quirky nail, the minimalist mani is way more up my alley.

This is a huge nail trend that’s a little bit edgy and super cool. The idea is to create a super simple design on a bare nail. Lines or dots are really popular options but I also like the look of crescents at the base of the nail, as well. The best part? It’s basically idiot-proof. The designs are so small and simple that it doesn’t take any artistic skill or painstaking labour. Bonus: if you do happen to mess it up, there isn’t any base polish so you can take off the design and redo it without needing to redo the entire thing. Finally! I tried this out last week and it was a breeze. It also dries super fast so you don’t have to sit around waiting for what feels like forever.

Another great thing about this manicure trend is that it takes so few tools and you should already have most of them laying around. All you need is a nail polish, a Q-tip, scotch tape, and a toothpick. That’s it; four things and you can create any of the looks above. Pick a moody hue or a shimmery metallic to make the look super fashion forward.

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