Japanese Nail Art
Stereoscopic nail art has been popular in Japan since the mid-90s and the style is increasing in popularity in the US and other parts of the world too now.
This isn't your staid French manicure on a sports-length acrylic nail either. We're talking one to two inches of nail extending past the tip of the finger. Accompanying the trend is an accessories trend designed to either show off the nails or make them easier to work with -- so there are little gadgets sold to help open soda cans and Japanese women can now buy golf gloves that don't have a fingertip so their nail art will be visible while they are out golfing.
In Japanese nail art, nail artists use hand-painting or airbrush techniques on on acrylic nail chips that are then attached to the real nail underneath. The artwork work can also be done directly on the hand (or foot!)
While most of the two-dimensional art is designed to give some depth and the impression of three dimensions, actual 3-dimensional art is practiced as well -- using sculpture powder and the addition of charms and small bits of jewelry.
More about Japanese Nail Art
- The Intricate Science Of Nail Art - Q&A with Artist Megumi Furukawa
“When I think of a design, I’m most inspired by large-scale needlework shops, where I can expand my images just by looking at laceworks and needlecraft supplies. For made-to-order nail chips, I usually ask for a photo of the actual dress."
- Designer Nails - Nail Art is the New Accessory
Decorating your nails with colorful designs and adorning them with crystals is nothing new to the girls into hip hop and street culture. Designer Nails are becoming popular. Especially in the UK and in Japan where Streetwear influence is strong.
Examples of Japanese Nail Art
Nail Artists Online
- Poppo Factory Nail Art
Poppo Factory has some great nail art examples and designs that she's done. You can check out her English page here to see some more of her work. I love this Burberry plaid. I tend to be conservative when it comes to my nails, but I would try this!
- Imágenes: Arte en las uñas
This Portugeuse website features some really wild nail artwork. My guess is that much of this really intricate stuff is done for weddings and other social events. You couldn't really walk around wearing it every day without damaging it.
- nadine HAWAII Nail Salon
Nadine is a Hawaiian nail art salon located in Honolulu. You can check out some of their artwork on their website. They have a blog as well, but it is written in Japanese. I really like some of their artwork, particularly the cross on black polish.
Learn the Techniques of Nail Art
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