When it comes to enhancing our nails, we’re either playing up the entire area with a lick of polish or we’re making the tips the center of attention with a French manicure. However, the latest “cuticle only” nail art trend puts the focus on, yup, you guessed it, the cuticles.
Marie Claire reported that the uber trendy Unistella Nail Salon in Korea is helping to popularize the look. If Unistella sounds familiar to you, it’s because the nail salon and its founder Eun Kyung Park have basically been behind the vast majority of recent nail trends including shattered class nails, wire nails and dried flower nails.
In keeping with the brand’s cool and minimalist approach to nails, the cuticle only or half-cut nails, bring the focus to the cuticles of the nail by usually sticking with a clear or neutral base. The cuticles are then enhanced with bold colors or metallic finishes.
You might be thinking that these half-cut nails sound like moon manicures, but what separates them is that cuticle only nail art looks are all about the cuticles whereas moon manicures are usually about the entire look. As Park explained to Marie Claire, “Cuticle art should be very simple and minimal—the color or the design should be the accent. Don’t try to do something too complicated.” Sounds like our kind of nail art.
You can use nail polish, stickers, decals, or whatever you have in your craft box to create the half-cut nails look. As long as it will enhance your cuticles, it will work. Happy playing.