Nail Art in Gambling
The nails are now big business. Nail art – the painstaking business of painting and gluing designs and tiny jewels onto nails often lengthened with extensions to create a larger canvas – has its roots in small local salons, but has rapidly become big business and a favourite of female celebrities from the worlds of music, sport, fashion and gambling. Fresh from the manicurist gambling nails, many Instagram their new looks around the world.
The meaning of the manicure has been transformed in the last few years. Until recently, painted nails were a symbol of classic, grown-up elegance. Traditional shades with timeless names – pillarbox red, or ballet-slipper pink – dominated the market. But the boom in nail art and the trend for eyebrow-raising colours – like steel grey, neon tangerine and moss green – have turned the rules upside down. Nails have never been so high profile in fashion and in popular culture and a new generation of young women are using nail polish to express their individuality, their fashion savvy, creativity and even their humour.
Beauty bloggers are currently tipping the half-moon manicure – an updated version of the traditional French, in which the half-moon at the base is painted a contrasting colour to the rest of the nail, as the coming trend.