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A Lazy Girl’s Guide to Nail Art

Forget intricate little flowers and tacky animal faces; ain’t nobody got time for that when it comes to painting their nails. These fresh, clean and simple nail art designs come straight from the designer runways of Spring 2015. Super chic and most importantly, super easy to do yourself.

NEGATIVE SPACE

negative spaceLeft: Creatures of Comfort Spring ’15 (Photo credit: Zoya)
Right: Zimmermann Spring ’15 (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Let’s focus on the negatives for once. This trend has been huge this season, and we are loving it’s minimalistic vibe, both in terms of it’s aesthetic and the effort required to recreate it.

 

OUI OUI

double frenchLeft: Alon Livne Spring ’15 (Photo credit: Kiss & Broadway Nails)
Right: Sophie Theallet Spring ’15 (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Take your French manicure to the next level and go double. Add some shimmer or a bright pop of colour on top of the white for a fun twist on this classic look.

 

JEWELED NUDES

Nude jewelTop: Houghton Spring ’15 (Photo credit: OPI)
Bottom: Lela Rose Spring ’15 (Photo credit: Butter London)

The bare minimum with a hint of luxury; this look is so elegant and would be perfect for any formal occasion (or just a casual Tuesday night in).

 

ONE SIDED

one sidedLeft: Prabal Gurung Spring ’15 (Photo credit: Sally Hansen)
Right: Dion Lee Spring ’15 (Photo credit: OPI)

Halve the time it takes to paint your nails by only painting one side – genius! Plus, it looks so much fancier than a straight block colour.

 

STRAIGHT & NARROW

one stripeLeft: Kate Spade New York Spring ’15 (Photo credit: Deborah Lippmann)
Middle: Nonoo Spring ’15 (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Right: Erin Fetherston Spring ’15 (Photo credit: IMAXTREE)

A white base topped with a simple line of black, nude or silver. It doesn’t get more basic than that people. No excuses.

 

METALLIC FADE

glitter gradientCreatures of the Wind Spring ’15 (Photo credit: Butter London)

Ombre nails are actually so easy to do at home, and it’s even easier when the polish is metallic or glitter. And don’t worry if it isn’t perfect – the messy look is in.

 

HALF MOON

reverse moon

Left: Cushnie et Ochs Spring ’15 (Photo credit: IMAXTREE)
Right: Carmen Marc Valvo Spring ’15 (Photo credit: IMAXTREE)
Bottom: Delpozo Spring ’15 (Photo credit: Essie)

The sister style of the more famous French manicure. Painted either on bare nails, or with two complementary/contrasting colours, the half moon mani has been having a major moment on the runways this year, and we are loving it as well.

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Written by Helena Chen

XYNZ Beauty Co-ordinator. Food lover, style junkie & blogger at www.helenashideaway.com

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