The latest trends in nail art

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The latest trends in nail art

Classic red, French, lunar and clear - these are just some of the nail colours and styles that hit the runways time and time again. This season's trends offer a wide range of colours and patterns, which integrate well with both catwalk attitude and red carpet looks.

Nail art has become an intrinsic part of creating a look, whether it's matching your lipstick and eye makeup or as a stand-alone art piece.

The history of manicure

The art of manicure is a time-honoured tradition, dating back to the Ancient Babyloniansi. They used nail colour to distinguish class status much like the Ancient Egyptians, who painted their nails red with oils and henna. Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti were amongst the first reported to have alluring scarlet nails - it was considered that the deeper the red, the greater the wealth. Chinese aristocrats in the 15th century also indulged in perfect manicures using a range of egg white and vegetable dyes as well as gold or silver nail coats to let everyone know their social statusi.

In the 20th century, the rise of the American automobile industry resulted in the development of new paints made from new materials. Women started to use high-gloss car paint as nail polish, with pink coloured nails and the lunar manicure gaining in popularity in the 1920s. Soon after, red hit the red carpet with actresses promoting long, completely red and rounded nailsii. This was helped by the creation of pigment based nail polish by Revlon Company, which meant that different shades of nail polish were now readily availablei.

Nowadays, there are too many nail colours, styles, designs and shapes to count! Nail art has become an intrinsic part of creating a look, whether it's matching your lipstick and eye makeup or as a stand-alone art piece. Take a look at the leading nail colours and patterns of Spring/Summer 2015iii,iv.

1. 50 shades of white

Embellished white nails can be a chic and playful addition to your outfit.

White is where it's at this season. Almost white, eggshell white, bright white and embellished white are just a few of the shades to be making an entrance to this season's style section. Mix it up with small details like thin stripes or polka dots, or make a bold statement with a purely white nail.

2. Party pastels

Soft pastels match perfectly with the bright colours that will be in stores this spring and summer.

Whether you're a fan of bright or soft cool pastels, you'll be happy to know that they're here to stayv. Also known as gelato or Easter egg colours, the purples, mints, pinks and blues in soft muted pastels are a subtle way of adding sophisticated fun to your summery outfits. Try a contemporary twist on the French manicure with a pastel base colour and a beige or nude tip.

3. Seriously sheer

The natural nude manicure is a look that will never go out of style.

Subtle and sophisticated, the sheer look never goes out of style. It's a natural look that is wearable in the office and at night and keeps your nails looking healthy and clean. Glitz it up with a nude base and a shimmer top coat or keep it natural with a polish that matches your skin tone.

4. Make it matte

A matte finish top coat will take away the glossy sheen from any nail polish. Attributed to: Lelê Breveglieri.

Whatever colour you choose, you can't go wrong with a matte finish. The matte texture can be made with a matte top coat that transforms any simple nail polish into a chic matte finish.

5. Lunar eclipse

Why not try a mix of pastel colours and the lunar manicure to get a fun summer nail design.

The lunar or half-moon manicure is back in style, with many sightings on this year's runways. The cuticle is painted a different colour to the rest of the nail or left blank, creating the effect of floating nail art. The reverse French manicure was made popular in the 1930s and still remains a classic style for women that dare to be different.

iValenti, L, 'Telling Talons: The History of the Manicure', Marie Claire, viewed 22 August 2014,

iiNail Art Journal, History of manicure, viewed 22 August 2014,

iiiMorrill, H 2013, 'The best spring nail trends to try now', Harper's Bazaar, 31 October, viewed 22 August 2014,

ivThe Zoe Report 2014, 10 nail polish ideas to try in 2014, viewed 22 August 2014, 2014, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia: Trends you need to know, 10 April, viewed 22 August 2014,