Spring may seem like a distant dream right now but we're already dreaming of its fashion and beauty benefits. We can discard the tights, ditch the layers, reach for the tinted moisturiser and now no longer have to fuss over our nails so much!
As pretty and fun as crazy nail art is to look at, actually achieving the look can result in either a pricy trip to the salon or a DIY catastrophe at home (unless you're a whiz kid when it comes to nails). That's why we love this season's hottest new trend for your nails ' Floating Nail Art.
We know it may sound a little intimidating but floating nail art is all about minimal design which is going to make it easier for you to achieve and wear this on trend look. Shown on all the S/S 14 catwalks, The Floating Nail Art trend is set to take the beauty world by storm. Just remember - the minimal, the better.
One of the main reasons why we're falling head over heels for this look is the simplicity of the method. The trick is not to have your nails looking like you've tried too hard while keeping things looking chic and sophisticated. Take a look at some of our favourite floating nail art images to get some 'nailspiration'.
Simple and sophisticated, we love this minimal take on the classic French manicure. To achieve the look, all you need is a nude polish, some nail art striping tape, a black shade of varnish and a top coat.
Baby blue can transform your nails and give them that perfect Spring edge. Make a subtle statement and opt for a nude base before applying a light shade of blue in a half-moon shape along the cuticle.
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If beige and white weren't a match made in heaven, we don't know what is! Adopting the same half-moon design, apply a nude base to your nail before reaching for a dramatic white to create the semi-circle shape.
Who needs one nail polish when you can have five?! If you want to keep things a little more playful, take inspiration from this adorable 5-colour look. Choose your favourite shades and create a semi-circle on each cuticle. Then just sit back and marvel at your masterpiece!
Top tips for creating the Floating Nail Art Trend
Always prep your nails before applying any product. It's important to give your nails a healthy base so that any colour you use will apply smoother and last for longer.
It's the oldest beauty trick in the book but using a nail file can strengthen, shorten and prime your nails for any style you want to try. We love Royal's 7 Way Nail Buffer for its ability to grip, smooth out and buff your nails in 7 different ways. And let's face it, you always need a nail buffer for your handbag!
Give your nails a little TLC with Jessica's Phenomen Oil. This is an intensive moisturiser which aims to condition your nails. Put a few drops and spend a few minutes moisturising the product into your nails, including the cuticle. It will help to promote the growth and strength of your nail base.
If you want your nail polish to have major longevity, then always use a base coat before applying your favourite shade. Sally Hansen's Insta Grip Fast Dry Base Coat creates a nourishing base for your nails so that your shade maintains its colour and stays chip free for longer.