Transparent manicure is the embodiment of tenderness, grace and elegance. Interest in natural nails or the “negative space” technique has not faded for several years. Beautiful ladies are happy to try their hand at creativity. They are looking for their own combinations of weightless-air coatings and techniques, shades and decorations. Modern fashion trends only support beauties in these endeavors: this season, an author’s, individual approach to nail design is in fashion. And experienced nail masters share the latest developments, offering not to be shy about letting go of fantasy, turning bold ideas into reality.
Transparent manicure in 2022: what is it
Otherwise, this interesting technique is called transparent (in English – transparent, transparent). For all its conciseness, it is distinguished by its special beauty, tenderness and airiness. To get the desired effect, the prepared nail plates are covered with a layer of colorless or colored loose varnish, and the coating can be either glossy or matte.
The main sign by which at first glance they recognize the use of this particular technique is that through a layer of varnish, even if color is added to it, the nail plate and the free edge should be visible. This coating covers the entire nail, or only part of it. In the latter case, the technique is called “negative space”.
Since the surface of the plates is clearly visible, they must be in perfect condition, without chips, damage, growths. Processing flaws, natural or injury-related flaws under such a varnish cannot be hidden. That is why experienced nail masters carefully examine the condition of the fingers and nails. If there are any problems, it is recommended to repair them first.
Classification of transparent manicure
Conventionally, this technique is divided into three main groups. However, if desired, all techniques can be freely combined, inventing your own approach to the design of marigolds.
The main trend of the 2021-22 season is naturalness in everything. That is why the classic, more than ever, is in demand today. Natural (not extended!) nails of a square or almond shape, shortened or medium length, are covered with a transparent base or gel polish. This design is versatile. It does not take long and carefully to select makeup, accessories or clothes. With it you can go to work or to the movies with friends, go on a hike or to a resort. If you want something brighter, the surface of the plates is decorated with watercolor or graphic drawings, stickers and stamping, sparkling elements, turning the discreetly delicate design into a chic, atmospheric splendor.
This unique, beautiful technique was born three years ago, thanks to Kylim Jenner, an American model. She received a telling name – “jelly manicure”. The coating is applied to elongated, extended nail plates, using molds or tips. Women all over the world appreciated the multifaceted possibilities of technology, quickly adopting and developing the initial idea. Today you can find both a simple, monophonic performance, and surprisingly atmospheric solutions:
- with dried flowers;
- imitation of sea waves;
- sequins and rhinestones;
- art pictures;
- full-fledged 3D compositions on a specific theme – marine and holiday; floristic and fruit; cosmic and celestial.
“Negative space” is one of the most beloved, popular designs among ladies of all ages. In the process of work, part of the nail plate remains free of color. At the same time, the location, size and number of such “negatives” completely depends on the designer’s imagination. Plenty of options:
- various geometric shapes – squares, polygons, semicircles, circles, hearts, flowers and birds;
- artistic painting in the form of flowers, animals, fruits, twigs on a negative background;
- framing in the form of rhinestones, casting or foil;
- painting with colored gel polish or a contrasting color.
Traditional minimalist technique
If a woman loves strict, calm solutions without color explosions and numerous decor, then this option is the perfect solution for her. A simple, colorless or transparent-colored coating is applied to the surface of the plates.
If desired, you can complement the laconic design with a pair of rhinestones, kamifubuki in the form of hearts, stars, a strip of foil. Or apply with colored gel polish, glitter vertical or horizontal stripes, circles, dots.
When choosing this technique, it must be remembered that colorless varnish will not be able to hide even the most minor flaws. Therefore, the pre-treatment of marigolds is given maximum attention. There should be no cuts, burrs, cracks. And the shape of the free edge must be perfect.
Stylish ideas for short transparent nails 2022
Transparent design looks especially beautiful on neat, short nails. Gentle and airy, graceful and unobtrusive, it opens the widest scope for experiments with decoration, combinations of techniques and decorations. For this form, the following solutions are relevant:
The first manicure set of a familiar, modern look was made almost 200 years ago, by order of the personal physician of the King of France, Louis-Philippe. The reason was suppuration on the finger after a plucked burr.
- jelly, with trimmed tips or gel filed to the desired length. Transparent bright colors are in fashion – red, pink, acid-neon shades, blue and turquoise, light green;
- minimalist graphics – longitudinal stripes applied with paint or foil, glitter; stretch marks with glitter; gradient and jacket in all its diversity;
- floral motifs on a colorless basis look especially expressive, suitable for the spring-summer period;
- volumetric nail design – 3D modeling, rhinestones of different sizes and colors, pearls and broths;
- translucent clouds, peas combined with stripes;
- snowflakes sparkling with hoarfrost, vignettes and ornaments.
You should not frame short nails along the contour – such decor visually increases the width and reduces the length of the plate.
Fresh solutions for transparent manicure of the season 2022 for long nails
This season, the average length on almond-shaped or rectangular plates is in fashion. It is permissible to slightly round the tips, making the nails elegant. It is necessary to take care of the symmetry of all the plates, carefully file them to the same length. This form is the most feminine and goes well with colorless or colored coatings.
Nail masters offer the following options:
- jacket with stickers in the form of hearts, flowers, fruits;
- smoky coating, more intense at the hole and brighter towards the tips;
- transparent-delicate manicure with clouds, sea waves;