While adding an accent to your manicure can get rather extreme, it doesn’t have to be. If there’s one thing we can learn from the rise of Hailey Beiber’s chrome nails it’s that the finish of the polish itself can be just as impactful as an added charm or gem. “I like to think of pearls and shimmers as ‘nail art in a bottle’ because it gives nails an extra little something with no extra effort,” says Minerva. She predicts a continued rise in the iridescent pearly finish. If you’re looking to recreate the look from home, she suggests using something like the OPI’s I Meta My Soulmate ($12), and we love Olive & June’s Purple Puka ($9).
The Meticulous Mani
If you’re someone who pays extra attention to detail, this one’s for you. “A perfectly manicured natural nail is the definition of chic,” says Bachik. “A manicure doesn’t look good without, well, the manicure. Taking the time to do a proper mani before any look assures it will look its best.” No matter what type of polish you choose, it will only sit as smooth as its base. Bachik recommends all of his clients use the Ultimate Nail Care Set by Tweezerman ($60) to keep their hands in tip top condition. “If you love to get your nails done at the salon, taking this kit with you helps to add that additional peace of mind knowing the tools being used are of the highest quality and have only been used on you,” he adds.
Mix and Match
While monochromatic looks are considered a classic, they aren’t for everyone. Wearing multiple designs and hues across both hands is gaining popularity. Whether that means switching off between a variety of polishes, wearing different press-on designs, or creating multiple textures, the options here are endless. “A big one this spring will be nails that are a mixture of patterns and colors. It’s all about having fun,” says Minerva. “It’s something I used to see a lot when I started doing nails in 2011 and I’m so glad it’s back.”
“People are loving the look of a classic, minimalist, high-gloss nail,” says Bachik. “You can even give it an edge by simply adding a liner. Pick your favorite sparkle or color depending on the occasion and simply line the tips to add to the mood.”
You’ve probably seen celebrities such as Dove Cameron and Bad Bunny showing off their nail art that quite literally stands out— the look was even featured in Burberry’s latest campaign. Although the concept is not necessarily new, Minerva thinks that this look is here to stay. “We’ve been seeing this trend as of the last year or so and I think we’ll continue to see it through spring 2023,” says Minerva. “Perhaps we will see less obscure designs and more structured and clean 3D elements.”
“[Spring] 2023 is going to be all about texture. This speaks to shimmers and sparkles but in new ways. We already see manufacturers adding it into colors and topcoats,” says Bachik. His tip? Create multiple versions of your favorite color by layering with sheer iridescent polishes, chrome powders, or even mini pixie dust crystals.