With the meteoric rise and fall of nail art, I seriously don't know what's worse, having nail art that's beautiful but only really work on some people (mostly Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj); or not having nail art at all.
Yet nail art has matured and has grown into its late twenties. It has shed a few layers of glitter and can now be worn to the office. Almost any office.
Here are a few modern nail art looks to copy:
The new French manicure
Harper's Bazaar notes that fashion label Creatures of Comfort gave us a new take on Frenchies at their Spring/Summer 2017 show, giving us bold, graphic nails that are (believe it or not!) supple.
Read: French manicures in 2017
Go for tiny mirror stickers or find a nail salons that does chrome nails - they are epic!
Watch: how chrome nails are created
This I love, it's the perfect way to edge up something traditionally syrupy sweet (like glitter and pink polish).
Gelish polygel - hard gels that are lighter than acrylics
"If acrylic nails had a cool cousin who went to private school, Gelish Polygel would be it. Not only is the application of the polygel fuss-free and efficient, but the finished product feels light on your nails too.
"I know the reason why I stopped getting acrylic nails done was because they often felt a little heavy and I could barely do things like open cans with them on. I also didn’t like the damage done to my nails after removing them, but this combination of gelish and acrylic has convinced me otherwise.
"Besides the fact that I’m clumsy and have therefore already broken one and a half nails just after two weeks, the nails still look pretty amazing." - Afika Jadezweni
Learn more about PolyGel here.
Time to juxtapose colours and to add blobs or squares of colour to your nails! Ask your manicurist to have fun with beautiful winter colours like maroon, sage and dove grey.
We LOVE these colours by Morgan Taylor, Sweetheart Squadron.
Also currently a bit obsessed with these...
Essie Gel Couture, R170, in GALA-VANTI.
Everything by Smith & Cult - now in SA!
Mavala Nail Polish in Tallinn, R 86, Clicks.
Essence The Gel Nail Polish Rock My World, R29.95, Clicks.