By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Some women get manicures to show off their engagement rings. Others ensure their nails are on fleek for business meetings, when they’re exchanging business cards.
Me, I was looking to get my nails done after I bought a new vegan watch and wanted to showcase its beauty. But honestly, I’ve been a bit out of the loop when it comes to beauty trends, so I turned to the one place that’s on top of all things trendy: Instagram.
Here, I discovered a dizzying array of nail styles, mainly seen on models behind the scenes of the runways of fashion weeks around the world. Their manicures matched the fashion trends for this year: bright yellows, animal print, and metallic fabrics, for example.
Here are 10+ of the best vegan nail trends I found for 2019 (and incidentally, I ended up going for a foil manicure, since it matched the black and silver motif of my watch).
Don’t you just love the idea of having a mood ring on your fingertips? Your nail polish will change colour according to the temperature it comes in contact with, giving you a mysterious allure. Cirque Colours has a wide range of thermal nail polishes that are non-toxic, 4-free, vegan & cruelty-free.
Image: @nailpolishsociety on Instagram
2. Unicorn Nails
If you are an incurable dreamer who believes in magic, you can get the unicorn look by mixing Madam Glam’s pink “Sweetest of All” nail gel with the holo powder “musca.” This New York City label was founded after thorough research to produce formulas that eliminate 9 toxic chemicals, giving life to vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free nail and gel polishes. The result is bewitching!
Image: @popthepretty on Instagram
3. Nail Wraps
If you are tired of the conventional manicure, go wild and experiment with nail wraps! These fun outfits for your fingertips are whimsical and joyful. Jamberry Nail Wraps provide a great selection of cruelty-free nail decals, that were designed specifically for PETA. There are some that are utterly adorable, like the bunny and nugget wraps!
4. Tortoise Shell
Did you know that nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as endangered? If you want to make a beautiful tribute to this aquatic animal, you can paint your nails in a way that evokes the tortoise shell. How do you do it, you may ask? Use the “Dirty Baby” and “Tang Bang” nuances by Smith & Cult. This vegan brand is cruelty-free, paraben-free and phthalate-free. The turtles will appreciate your eco-tribute!
Image: @Shopreedclarke on Instagram
Rock chicks will love metallic hues, especially the ones proposed by the palette of Mineral Fusion. This label is dedicated to making healthy and multitasking products that soothe and moisturise the body, using formulas that are free of parabens, gluten, artificial colours, phthalates and other harsh ingredients. They’ve also partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, to ensure each purchase contribute to social wellbeing, too.
Image: Mineral Fusion
Silver matches everything, and this nail look is pretty much a classic. To get the look, I’d recommend the PETA approved brand Heroine NYC. It’s 5-free, and if you’re not into a full on foil mani, it can be used to accent other looks, like an animal print, or you can add a dab to a matte varnish to give it a metallic tinge.
7. Pastel Pink
A light pastel pink is pretty close to nude for most skin tones, and is a springtime classic. Vegan brand Smith & Cult’s delicate ‘Mail Order Bride‘ shade reminds me of all things lovely: ballerinas, cotton candy and springtime tulips.
Image: Smith & Cult
8. Animal Print
This is pretty fancy! But also pretty cool. Honestly, I’d have NO idea how to do this myself, but you can see a tutorial here. The first step, of course, would be to get your polishes – you’ll need a gold, like ‘Mixed Message’ by Treat Collection, and a black, like NCLA’s ‘Back to Black.’
Whether it was in New York, London, Paris or Milan, buttercup hues were huge on the runways for many designers this season. If you’re not bold enough to wear a bright canary yellow on your body, maybe try it on your fingertips! Kure Bazaar’s ‘Saffron’ is the perfect shade to try.
10. Nearly Black Red
Black nails themselves scream one thing: Goth! If you like your nails dark, but don’t quite want to look like a 14 year old Emo fan, this ‘Dark Like Me‘ shade by Smith & Cult looks nearly black in some light, or deep, deep merlot in others.
Image: Smith & Cult
11. Stiletto Nails
Sharp and possibly deadly is the nail shape of choice for many designers this season! Stiletto nails were seen on several runways, including Marine Serre’s. The designer chose to go with Priti NYC’s Elderberry shade for a super dramatic effect.
Main image: @cornilikeit on Instagram
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