Nail art is a trend that does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, but many of the popular designs just do not seem to work on women who have passed a certain age. If this is the case for you, this does not mean that you have to shun the nail art trend, and can instead opt for designs that are sophisticated and age appropriate.
“Kiss Me Kate” Stripe
The “Kiss Me Kate” Stripe was created by celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann, who was inspired by the aesthetic of designer Kate Spade. This design consists of a crisp white nail that features a jet black horizontal stripe running across it, resulting in a beautifully contrasting graphic look. Stripes in general are always a classy design to go for, and there is still plenty of room for experimentation, whether this may be with the hues that you use or the direction that the stripes run in.
The Crop Top nail design is all about making use of negative space, and intentionally incorporates some bare nail. Rather than color blocking the nail with two shades, the bottom half of the nail is left bare, while the top half features a shade that is deep and rich. Rather than opting for a standard shade, go for something such as mustard yellow or hunter green, as these will make your nails look even more luxe.
There are many manicurists out there that are exceptionally talented when it comes to reinterpreting works of fine art for the nails, and, depending on the artist and piece that you choose, this is a look that really screams sophistication. Whether you opt for the graphic squares of Mondrian, abstract shapes from Picasso, or whimsical floral details from Japanese masters, the key to mastering this look is finding a manicurist who is able to really perfect each one of your nails.
Ombre, which means shaded in French, makes use of two main colors, with the first one fading into the next, showcasing different shades in between. This is an elegant design, and can have varying effects depending on the colors that you pick. Blue fading into black will give you quite a deep and intense look, while a baby pink fading into aubergine is much more fun, but still age appropriate.
Lace-tipped nails ooze elegance, but also have a subtle level of sexiness to them, which makes them a great design no matter your age. There are many different ways to achieve this look, from drawing it on yourself if you have steady hands, to applying nail art stickers, to even using nail glue to apply the actual lace to your nails. However, keep in mind that, in order to keep this style age appropriate, you need to make sure that the lace does not stray too far from your tips, and is not too over the top.
As you can see from each of these designs, age appropriate does not have to mean boring. Instead, it is all about choosing styles that are sophisticated, as well as relatively minimal in terms of design and color palette. The next time you are having a manicure done, try something new and give one of these nail art designs a go.