It wasn’t so long ago that I was still kindly declining manicurists’ offers to jazz up my manicures with nail art. They seemed too eager to paint flowers or dots on the nails of my ring fingers. My preteen self used to jump at the chance (and add a rhinestone, please!), but I’ve always thought nail art looked tacky on adults.
Some of the most gorgeous nails I’ve ever seen are coming from Paintbox, a modern manicure studio in New York City specializing in nail art. A look book of fashion-inspired designs are introduced each season in a curated selection of polish colors: Color-blocking. Painted moons and tips. Negative space manicures. Tiny pearl studs.
I’m dying to visit Paintbox in Soho, but first I need to grow out my nails. I always joke that you can observe my stress levels by the length of my nails. A reformed nail biter, I tend to fall off the wagon whenever I’m feeling extremely anxious, and right now, my nails are short.
Like, if we were to meet in person today, I’d be hesitant to shake your hand.
I can’t put bitter-tasting polish on my nails because I constantly have my fingers in Asa’s mouth. I’m almost tempted to wear acrylics to try to curb my behavior, but I haven’t met a New Jersey manicurist who doesn’t like to make them unnaturally thick.
I need to do something, however, since I’ll be shaking hands with some of my favorite bloggers and magazine editors this Thursday at the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event. Gloves, maybe?
How do you feel about nail art? Would you get one of these modern manicures?