Designers at Spring 2017 Fashion Week has us swept away with out-of-the-box beauty ideas that were guaranteed to shake things up. From candy coloured dreadlocks at Marc Jacobs to dried flower petals that were applied to cheeks, foreheads and collarbones at Preen's London Fashion Week presentation, we were so enamoured with the best of spring's hair and makeup looks that we almost overlooked one of London's most noteworthy beauty trends: grid nail art.
At Teatum Jones, models paraded down the runway with bare nails that were decorated with a simple white grid. This look is absolutely perfect because it appeals to both the minimalist, and the gal who isn't afraid to play around with intricate designs from time to time. Grid nails are also a great way to add a stylish touch to a plain nude manicure.
Ready to take on grid nails for yourself? Follow our simple steps below:
LONDON FASHION WEEK: GRID NAIL ART TUTORIAL
You will need:
- A nail file
- A manicure block
- A clear base coat
- A translucent beige nail polish
- A white varnish
- Nail tape
- A clear top coat
The first step in any successful manicure is to prep your nails properly. To create the perfect canvas for your grid artwork, you'll want to start by trimming your nails into a mid-length shape with rounded corners. Using your manicure block, smooth out the surface of your nails to remove any streaks or rough edges. Use a nail file to even out the lengths of the nails.
Next, fill up a bowl with warm, soapy water and let your nails soak for about 15 minutes. Dry your hands with a clean towel then moisturize with a rich hand cream.
Once your nails are dry, apply a layer of clear base coat. This will help to protect your nails from varnish stains, and allow the polish to stay in place longer. Let the base coat dry before moving onto the next step.
Next, apply one coat of translucent beige nail polish onto each nail. Let the polish dry, then apply a second coat for an even finish.
Cut your nail tape into thin strips that will create perfect straight lines on your nails. Use the tape as an outline (and ruler) to draw 3 lines vertically (from the base to the tip of your nail) and 3 lines horizontally (from one side to the other) with the white nail polish, crossing the lines through one another as you go. Make sure to keep the same space between each line to get a symmetrical grid. Let the polish dry.
To create a glossy finish and a look that lasts, complete your manicure with a layer of clear top coat. Wait 5 to 10 minutes before getting back into your daily activities to avoid ruining your work of art!