Choosing Age Appropriate Nail Art

Nail art

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.

Crop Top
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.

Fine Art
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 nail art

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 Tips
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.

Spa Manicure Style


A manicure ensures that your nails and hands are at their healthiest, while giving your nails some extra character and personality too. For those of you who often find themselves slightly baffled at the extensive range of different manicures available on a spa treatment menu, these are some of the most stylish manicures that you can opt for.

Hot Stone Manicure
Similar to a hot stone massage but focusing on your hands, a hot stone manicure uses hot stone therapy to soothe and relax the hands. After this, your beautician will then proceed with the actual manicure, grooming your nails to perfection.

Paraffin manicure

Paraffin Manicure
A paraffin manicure makes use of the moisture that comes from paraffin wax, infusing this with the skin to leave your hands feeling super soft and supple. Some spas will make use of other oils along with the paraffin, which will bring along some extra benefits to your skin, depending on which oils are used. After this paraffin treatment, your beautician will then proceed on to beautifying your nails.

Mixed Metals Manicure
A manicure that features a combination of gun metal, gold and silver is the perfect balance of edgy and glamorous, and is a style that does not actually take too long to achieve. After the gun metal shades that are first applied, an adhesive will then be applied, onto which gold and silver foil will be layered.

Ombre manicure

Ombre Manicure
An ombre manicure features shades that subtly change with each nail, resulting in a gorgeous gradient across the hand. Your spa beautician will likely ask you to pick one or two main shades, from which they will then mix together five similar shades to create your custom gradient.

Pampering Manicure
Most spas will offer some form of an indulgent, pampering manicure, often combined with a stress relieving shoulder massage, and this is ideal if you are hoping for some extra relaxation along with your manicure. From an exfoliation session to a hand massage to a hand hydrating mask, your hands will have never looked better after a manicure like this!

Nail Art
Nail art is extremely popular right now, but you are likely to only find a select number of spas that offer it. Since the result of your nail art manicure depends largely on the talent of the artist carrying it out, it would be a good idea to research the spa beforehand, having a look at examples of nail art that they have created in the past. Whether you want something detailed and personal, or a simple and graphic pattern, have a good chat with the nail artist beforehand so that they know exactly what you have in mind.

There are so many different manicure styles out there, and if you usually opt for the same one, it is definitely worthwhile exploring all of your other options. From manicures that pamper your hands to others that result in one-of-a-kind art pieces displayed on your nails, these manicures not only give a boost of health to your hands, but also provide them with some extra individuality.

Nails for Fall 2015

With the beginning of a new season we are always faced with an age-old problem, what’s new in fashion and beauty and how can I achieve the look?

Nobody really likes to admit that from the minute the new season’s magazines hit the shelves we find ourselves trawling through the beautiful glossy pages hoping to find some inspiration.

Well, regardless of budget, one of the quickest and easiest ways to spruce yourself up and be bang on trend is to paint your nails.

Now we know some of you will silently scream in terror at the prospect of painting your nails, but trust us you can do it. Whether your nails are long or short, if you follow our few steps below, you will have beautiful nails and be completely ready for the Fall season.

One of the big trends this Fall is the 70’s look. From High Street stores like Topshop and River Island to high end designers like Stella McCartney 70’s boho chic prevails in store.

1970's Fever
What better way to complement this look or even just to add a hint of 70’s to your existing wardrobe than with these perfect hues from Ciaté.
Nails for Fall 2015

From the Olivia Palermo Ciaté Fall collection these polishes have rich, deep shades with a high gloss finish which will give you a great pop of color for any outfit. So how do you get the best wear out of these shades? Well just follow these few simple steps and you will be in manicure heaven.

  1. File your nails to your desired shape. It makes no difference if your nails are long or short, rich colors like these love short nails too.
  2. Always apply a base coat if you are painting your nails as color nail polish can leave the nails stained yellow.
  3. Apply two coats of your desired color. Try not to use too much polish on the brush as this will cause the polish to bubble on the nail.
  4. Apply the polish in three strokes. One down the middle of the nail and then one each down either side of the nail.
  5. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying another coat.
  6. To get the best of your manicure apply a high gloss, hard-wearing top coat. Top up this coat of polish every other day to prolong your polish.

We love this Sally Hansen top coat. It is fast drying and tough, we always have it in our manicure kit.

Sally Hansen Insta-dry

So get yourself down to the mall to find your favorite colors for this season and get painting while we leave you with this little nugget of advice: To prevent damage to your manicure, try not to use your fingernails to pick at things or pry things open and always use the end of a spoon or fork to open cans of soda or tins of food.

Hottest Nail Trends to Try Now!

The arrival of the spring/summer season means one thing for nail polish aficionados—it’s the season of trying out and showing off the hottest nail trends. Display your style savvy on your digits during the most perfect seasons when sandals and sundresses come out to play. Forget the dreary winter and welcome the warm weather by embracing these 6 fun, fresh and funky nail trends. Remember ladies; you’re never fully dressed without a fresh and trendy manicure. Sometimes a pop of color painted on your digits is all you need to liven up an outfit. OROGOLD reviews the hottest nail trends you should be rocking ASAP:

White OutWhite Manicure
We don’t mean that you should use your white out correction fluid like you did in middle school, this season all the cosmetics brands are coming out with their own stark white nail polish concoction. All white nails have been all over the runways during the Spring/Summer 2014 shows, and are now being sported by the stylish set like Olivia Wilde and Kim Kardashian. Opt for a shiny topcoat on your all white mani to keep it looking glossy, or you can be more daring and experiment with a matte topcoat.

Heavy MetalMetallic nails
Metallic nails are making a huge comeback this season. From shimmering nudes, deep pewter, bright and sparkly gold, metallic nails are all the rage. There isn’t one particular metallic that’s in the spotlight, so have fun by trying out a whole range of metallic polishes. You can even mix it up by wearing two metallic shades in one mani.

Earn Your StripesGeometric mani with stripes
Whether it’s a single graphic stripe or a windowpane grid pattern, or even chunky stripes across the nail, stripes are one of the major trends to try this season. It’s not super complicated to recreate stripes at home, so this is a quick and easy way to up your nail game. Choose a contrasting color for your stripe, or go monochromatic by choosing a darker or lighter hue for your design, i.e. navy blue nail with a powder blue stripe.

Pastel PrettyMulti color pastel mani
It’s not only pastel clothes that are making the fashion headlines, these soft and delicate colors are making their way to beauty and cosmetics trends as well. Pastel is the ultimate color scheme of the season, so get on it and get these delectable hues onto your digits.

Updated ClassicBlack tip french manicure
Break tradition for a little bit, and try out the new and update French manicure. Instead of the usual pale pink and white, different colors are being used for the modern version of this manicure classic. Spotted on the Holmes & Yang runway was a French manicure using nude polish for the base and black nail polish for the tips of the fingers.

Get an AccentManicure with accent nail
Use more colors in a single manicure, and add more pizzazz and flash to your nail look by embracing the accent nail trend. An accent nail is basically the nail, or nails, that you do in a different color from the rest of your mani. You can even be more daring by putting some nail art on your accent nail. This is a great way to show more personality in your mani. Celebs like Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Hudgens, and Beyonce have been photographed flaunting this trend.

Manicure Service – Try or Skip?

The quickest way to relax and pamper yourself is by getting a mani-pedi. Getting your nails done is a very calming experience, and it is, more often than not, an essential part of any woman’s lifestyle. It is not a mere luxury, it is a necessity. After all, well-groomed nails that are polished to perfection is a must for any modern woman.

Nowadays, nail salons are a dime a dozen. There are so many options and so many nail spa services available for your enjoyment. Professional nail care has now gone beyond the regular manicure. The bar for salon manicures has certainly been raised. If before a standard manicure composes of nail trimming, cuticle care, and polish application, there is now a plethora of services to add on to your manicure experience. We have put together a list of different services offered at nail salons, and we’re here to tell you if a service is worth that extra charge or not. Consider this a quick and simple guide from OROGOLD while navigating the long laundry list of services you read through each time you get your nails done. Trust us, this will get you ready and primed for your next nail appointment.

Paraffin DipParaffin Hand Dip

Paraffin wax treatment is a procedure wherein your hands and feet are dipped repeatedly into a tub warm melted paraffin wax. The temperature of the wax is closely regulated, and it is safe for you as well as beneficial to your skin and nail health. Your hands and feet will be slowly immersed into the wax bath around 2-3 times creating a thick hardened shell. From there, you will slip into gloves or socks that’ll retain the heat better and seal the moisture in. During this process the paraffin’s moisturizing properties get to work on your skin and the heat opens up your pores. After 10-15 minutes the wax will be peeled off, and you will be pleased to see and feel the difference on your hands and feet. Both will feel baby soft and incredibly smooth. An added bonus to this treatment is that paraffin has been proven to relieve stiffness and muscle pain in the small joints of the hands.

VERDICT: Must-try! You can’t beat the deep cleaning, hydrating, and healing benefits of paraffin. This is also a type of treatment that can be hazardous if not done correctly.

Foot Buffing

Foot Buffing is basically an exfoliating treatment for your feet. Typically preceded by a foot soak to soften the skin, foot buffing is a vital part of foot care and maintenance since it removes dead skin cells. Using a foot file or a pumice stone, a nail technician sloughs away the roughness in your skin and smoothens the coarse parts like your heel and the balls of your feet. This treatment is important in avoiding calluses and cracked heels.

VERDICT: Foot buffing is a pretty simple treatment, done with tools that you can buy at a store on the cheap. Skip this one, and do it yourself at home.

Hot Oil Manicure

A great cure for dry and brittle nails, and cracked hands, a hot oil manicure uses heated essential oils to restore your cuticles and nails back to health. Instead of soaking your digits in water, like in a usual manicure, a nail tech will prepare a bath of heated oils for you to sink your hands into. Choose from a variety of different oils, like sesame, almond, sunflower, tea tree, lavender, with varying added benefits aside from moisturizing, of course.

VERDICT: Skip. You can choose the essential oil of your preference at your leisure. You don’t even need to heat it, just lightly massage it into your cuticles then all over your hands. Wear gloves or mitts for maximum absorption.

Massage Add-OnFoot rub at nails salons

A standard salon manicure oftentimes includes a quick hand/arm massage of maybe 3-5 minutes with lotion. You can opt for a longer pampering with a massage add-on of up to 30 minutes to 1 hour

VERDICT: Try. Having a trained technician/therapist massage you is definitely worth every single penny. Go ahead, and treat yourself.


Microdermabrasion is a deep exfoliating treatment that removes the top layer of the skin, and the dead and damaged skin cells along with it. The pores get cleaned out and it stimulates the production of new and healthy skin cells. It is lauded as an effective anti-aging procedure, which is great for your hands since it is one of the first parts of your body that shows signs of aging.

VERDICT: Try at least once. Microdermabrasion at salons can be pricey, but it’s worth a try to see the results. If you like it, you can always buy personal microdermabrasion tools to keep up with your treatments at the convenience of your own home.

Which service are you going to try on your next trip to the salon? Try a new service and indulge, you definitely deserve that extra TLC.

The Great Cuticle Debate – Push or Trim

When it comes to your cuticles, the questions are endless. To trim or to push? To cut or not to cut? With so many questions surrounding something as simple as your nails, it can become quite frustrating. Especially, if you’re one of those who simply loves a manicure. It is also probably a subject on the mind of brides who want their nails flawless for their big day. For those who get their nails done on a regular basis you are probably asked by the nail technician whether you prefer trim or push. And you invariably end up giving a random answer while you are too busy with that fashion magazine or are too preoccupied. Well, you might have thought that the answer was unimportant, but OROGOLD found out that it actually plays a major role in the overall health of your nails.

Trimming cuticles

The answer is quite simple. According to Mary Lupo, a dermatologist in New Orleans, you should never trim your cuticles. If they are lifted away from the nail or are too short, they allow fungus and bacteria to infect your nail bed. Moreover, trimming damages the way your nails look in the long run. If you end up trimming too much of your cuticles, you might make them look good for a day or two, but they’ll end up getting ragged all over again.

The most important thing when it comes to a manicure is to ensure that your nail plate is clean. The gel and the polish will hardly adhere to your nail unless you can free it of dead skin and oils. Luckily, you don’t need to trim to prepare your cuticles for a manicure. The solution lies with pushing them. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Soften the cuticles by massaging oil or a hand lotion on them for about 1 minute.
  2. Use a cuticle pusher to push back the dead skin around the cuticles. Since you’ve already massaged the area, this should be very easy.
  3. Complete the process by buffing away whatever is left on your nail plate. If you still feel that there is some dead skin left after buffing, you can finally use those nippers to remove them carefully.

Pushing cuticles during manicure service

Trimming or pushing is not everything. It is also important to understand how to care for your cuticles.

  • Prevent hangnails from appearing. All you need to do is apply some hand lotions regularly. Your manicurists keep telling this to you all the time not to make their jobs easier, but because it’s true. It prevents dry cuticles and also helps out with hangnails.
  • Moisturize. Your cuticles can become dry, flake, crack or peel just like any other area of your skin. Therefore, you need to make sure that you moisturize them as well. You can use any skin moisturizer for this purpose. All you need to do is rub some into your cuticles while putting them on your hands. Some salons offer a hot wax treatment for your cuticles. They use a special oily wax that is considered to be an excellent way of moisturizing your cuticles.
  • Avoid rough materials. We often hear of people developing red colored sore spots around their nails. This usually happens because of a skin infection known as paronychia. And this usually happens due to over-vigorous manipulation that ends up manifesting as soreness and redness.
  • Avoid drying agents. Dishwashing and nail polish removers that contain acetone can dry out your cuticles completely. Therefore, you are always advised to use acetone free nail polish and wear gloves while washing the dishes.
  • Stop biting your nails. Your mouth is quite dirty and the saliva can break down the skin. You can also get an infection if you end up violating a cuticle.  So if you’re in the habit of biting your nails, you need to stop right now.