When you hear the phrase ‘textured nails’, chances are the first thing you think about is lovely checkered patterns or just plain old glitter, shimmer or diamante embellishment. But technically speaking, textured nails are slightly raised designs and whose outlines can be felt with your fingers. While we do not like to get wrapped up in technicality too much, when it comes to textured nails, we like to stick to the rules. This works so much in our favour because nail techs can create a variety of textures on your nails; you do not need to take the easy way by just using chunky glitter polishes.
Here are some trendy ideas for textured nail art that you can screenshot for your next manicure appointment…
01. Bubblegum pop
Image courtesy: @beautybyellenax
Let’s start with an easy one that you can easily recreate at home as well. Clean, buff and shape your nails to prep them and follow up with a base coat (preferably nude) to have a simple yet cute base of your bubblegum pop. Use a dotting tool or even the head of a bobby pin to dot your favourite pigments on just the side of your nails.
02. Snake print
Image courtesy: @claceenails
Snake prints are one of the trending textures you can get done on your nails. They are so OTT and show up so good in aesthetic pictures; you will be filling up your Insta feeds with just these!
03. Botanical bloom
Image courtesy: @thebeautyspotstreetly
Acrylic powders can do more than just help you fake long nails; they can be used to create lovely textures on your nails as well. Floral designs that are created close to your nail bed look oh-so-pretty. Plus, they are so chic and can be done for special occasions when you want to feel fancy!
04. Golden delight
Image courtesy: @topclassnails
If you do not want to commit to fully textured nails, this is a good in-between route to take. Use chrome polish, preferably a metallic, like gold and silver, and pair them with other coloured patterns to upgrade a simple manicure.
05. Bubble effect nails
Image courtesy: @_kelsgels_
When we stumbled upon this sudsy visual, we were initially confused if it’s actually a manicure design or nails covered in a bubble wrap. Gel polish can be used to create this bubbly, sudsy effect and it indeed looks so stylish and fun!
Written by Sumona Bose on Mar 22, 2021
Sumona Bose is a writer, skincare junkie and a self-professed makeup connoisseur. Equipped with a Master's degree in Fashion Management and over 3 years of experience writing in the beauty and fashion space, her passion for learning new things has no bounds. Working closely with dermatologists, beauty excerpts, makeup artists and hairstylists, she brings you the best of all things beauty. From trending skincare ingredients to makeup looks that help you slay, she manages to bring something new (and vital!) to our readers every single time. Her hobbies include home workouts, watching foreign films and binge-watching makeover shows!