By Sarah Logan
The following article was featured in the March 2020 edition of The Campus.
With the entrance of Spring this month comes the introduction of new nail trends in New York City’s fashion world. Spring is the season for growth and new life; a season to reinvent one’s style.
I have researched some of the hottest nail trends and colors from New York Fashion Week that should be tried this spring semester. Here are the three coolest:
- “On the Dot”: this style, first featured by the nail polish brand JinSoon, is a great option for minimalistic fashion lovers. You can try this look yourself by first applying a dark shade like navy or black to your nail and then plopping a dot to the middle of your nail nearest the cuticle bed. You can attempt this look by using a black color like Essie’s “Licorice” as a base and a light blue color like Essie’s “Bikini So Teeny” for the dot.
- Oranges and Neons: bright colors like orange, neon pink, and neon green are sure to catch the attention of fellow nail polish lovers. They are a premonition to all the fun and excitement for the approaching summer season. Plus, they are totally “in” this upcoming season. My favorite fun color for the season is O.P.I.’s “Live.Love.Carnaval.”
- Mabelyn Martin’s Minimalist Mani: just like the first nail style, Paintbox’s creative director Mabelyn Martin utilizes a minimal amount of nail polish to compliment the nail’s natural color. She has created this look by outlining the nail with a stripe of nail polish beginning at the nail cuticle and ending at the middle of the top of the nail. This style looks best with dark colors like brown, dark purple, and navy blue. Apply a clear nail polish on top of the whole ensemble and get ready to kill your nail game.
Do not be afraid to step outside the box when it comes to nail creativity. Taking inspiration from others is always a valuable way to try new looks and styles. However, it is possible to create your own trends and new styles for the season as well! Venturing outside of your comfort zone will almost always lead to new and exciting experiences.
When I spoke to Kainoa Presbitero, a sophomore film major/photography minor and avid nail polish wearer, we discussed some new nail polish styles that he wanted to try in the new season. “I’d like to try a starry night themed look in the future,” how cool is that idea?! He also added that he would like to attempt a stripe and swirl look.
In addition to discussing the latest nail trends of 2020, we talked about what inspired him to begin painting his nails. “I was inspired by my own desires to break traditional gender norms,” he told me, “I grew up in a family where there was a significant difference between feminine and masculine traits… I began to paint my nails because I subconsciously disagreed with that idea.”
Kainoa and I also talked about the impact of this form of self-expression on the rest of his life. We delved into the different prejudices he would face at home compared to the acceptance and love he finds here in NYC; “Living in New York City, the impact isn’t as great compared to where my family lives. Men face prejudice from the simple act of painting their nails at my hometown.” He spoke about the stark contrast between the support he receives at school compared to at home. “I’ve received support and love from my friends in NYC. However, I hide this part of myself from people that I’m afraid of offending — like my grandparents — at home.”
Kainoa also expressed the fact that his actions inspire him to promote self-confidence, saying, “It’s important for people to be comfortable in their own skin. A lot of times, people suffer from mental illness because they can’t properly express themselves.”
Having the ability to express oneself is important for personal growth and mental wellbeing. Thankfully, living in an area like NYC provides more freedom to properly express oneself and one’s interests than some other parts of the US. By following these nail trends, we can inspire others to express their inner stylistic desires to the outside world.
**The following is an additional add on to the article featuring an interview with student Jared Marino, a 4th-year CCNY student double majoring in English and theater **
SL: Who or What inspired you to begin painting your nails?
JM: The first time I remember painting my nails was years ago. I think I was in first grade at the time, and I colored my nails with markers that we were using in class. You can imagine how well that came out, but the creativity and interest were always there for me. Growing up and seeing so many trends and styles come to life.
SL: How does this form of self-expression impact the rest of your life?
JM: Having my nails painted feels like outing myself 24/7. It’s becoming more popular, but defying gender roles is typically such a queer trend, it can be a lot. The way I express myself doesn’t leave much mystery in my identity, which can be scary, but living in my truth is so refreshing, it completely outweighs the fear that can crop up from time to time.
SL: Does it inspire you to promote self-confidence?
JM: I think painting your nails, especially for queer people, commands self-confidence. As someone who speaks with their hands, having my nails painted makes a strong statement. I’m constantly reminded of my perception when I see my hands, and I’m sure the same can be said for those around me. Going up against any type of gender norm can be nerve-wracking but being present in my identity is really grounding. I think it helps make me more approachable to those in my community.
SL: What nail trends and colors do you think are “in” this winter and spring season?
JM: Orange is definitely the hot color of right now, and I think we can see that with Fenty and Ivy Park’s new seasons with clothes. I’m anticipating a new trend with aquamarine, the color pairs so nicely with the current orange trend I think it’ll usher in the bright and alive spring energy we all so desperately want.
SL: What colors do you plan on wearing?
JM: My favorite color is Tiffany Blue, but as someone who’s broke with expensive taste, you’ll probably find me rocking the closest dollar store equivalent.