Pride month is celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Manhattan. The beautiful rainbow colors of the LGBTQ +community flag reflect the diversity within that community and the “spectrum” of sexuality, gender, and personal freedom.
The rainbow flag symbolizes liberation and pride that has simultaneously set trends within the fashion and beauty industry. Manicures and pedicures are becoming fashion pieces by themselves, adorned in gems, designs, and dripping in bold, bright colors.
Pride Designs for Nails
Nothing allows your client to show their support for Pride month better than a gorgeous manicure. Suggesting designs adorned in elaborate gems, bright colors, or sleek motifs will excite your client and allow you to offer slight upsells to your professional services.
Here are a few trendy designs that will have your clientele smiling all month long. These design suggestions will also generate social media buzz for your business. You’ll want to ensure you have the best tools available to impress your new clients.
Nail Designs for Long and Short Nails
Nail designs work for short and long nail types. Long coffin, stiletto, and almond nail shapes work best when using multiple colors and bling to create one design. Let’s dive into a few of these nail shapes.
Coffin/Ballerina Shaped Nails
These nail shapes are similar to a ballerina shoe and a actual coffin. Ballerina shape is long round sides with a squared-off tip. The coffin shape is long straight sides with a squared off narrow tip.. This long shape is setting trends right now. The coffin/ballerina style is commonly worn in a solid, matte color and with sparkly jeweled adornments. The length of the nail provides an adequate area to place the stones. This style works with stones of all shapes and sizes.
When booking your clients remember to add extra time to the appointment. The extra time allows you to place the gemstones properly, ensuring your client is happy with your work and posts it to IG immediately.
Stiletto Shaped Nails
Knives beware! The stiletto nail shape is long, pointy-sharp, and dramatic with its show-stopping first impression. This is another nail shape that’s getting attention in the fashion industry. The cool thing about this nail style is that its versatility means you can suggest any color to your client and they’ll be happy. This is another nail shape that is worn well with gemstones, glitter, and charms.
Remember to warn your client that this nail shape is sharp and is to be worn by only the most daring fashion divas. Valentino Beauty Pure nail forms are used to create the long stiletto shape, so make sure that you have enough of these forms in stock. These sturdy templates are forms you can apply to your client’s nails before applying the acrylic overlay.
After the acrylic dries simply remove the nail form. Finish by refining the stiletto shape with a nail file.
Almond Shaped Nails
The almond-shaped nail is oval with a slightly tapered tip at the free edge. This is a great style that is perfect for daily wear. It is commonly worn in nude shades without embellishments. Almond nails pair well with the French manicure and geometric designs.
The almond nail shape is less time-consuming to maintain for clients on a schedule or for those who work with their hands regularly. A Valentino Beauty Pure VUnit E-File will help you smooth and form the almond shape easily.
1. Multi Colored Polka Dot Nail Designs
Polka dots are another trendy nail design right now. Adding a splash of rainbow-colored polka dots to your clients’ nails gets them ready for Pride month. Create this trend on natural, acrylic, and Valentino Beauty Pure gel nails.
Begin with a base color (white usually works best) then carefully apply different colored dots randomly all over the nails. Use colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. This technique works well for both short and longer nail shapes.
Using a dotting tool creates polka dots that are flush against the nail. You can also use colored acrylics and a Valentino Beauty Pure nail art brush to lay 3D dots on the nails for a more dramatic colored bubble style. Bubble styles resemble the raised feel of the air-filled bubbles in bubble wrap.
Multi-colored rainbow gemstones placed randomly on the nails are another attractive choice if your client prefers these instead.
2. Rainbow Candy-Striped Nails
You can create a beautiful Pride Flag on top of your client’s nails by painting vertical or horizontal lines in the rainbow flag’s colors. Be sure that your placement of the colors represents the proper order of the flag colors respectively. Here are a few Pride rainbow styles you can add to your technique.
Creating the rainbow candy-striped look with acrylics requires patience and the artist’s steady hand. Choose your colored acrylics and lay them on the nails in your chosen Pride design. Each nail will be different because it is difficult to lay the acrylic perfectly on each nail. The slight difference in each nail adds to the unique look of the design.
This trend also works well with Valentino Pure Beauty gels. Simply paint your gels onto the nails in horizontal, vertical, or zip zag lines. Separate each color with a thin white or black painted line for a crisp, clean look.
Stripes can also be painted by utilizing the flag colors as a French tip. A longer coffin or stiletto nail works best for this French technique. Set the nails in a glossy or matte topcoat for the perfect finish.
3. Nails for #Pride
Hashtag: nail trend 2021! Your clients will love the hashtag pride (#Pride) nail fashion. Begin by creating a white base for each nail. When using gels, write the phrase “#Pride” on the nail or nails of the client’s choice.
Complete the design by painting rainbows, smileys, hearts, polka dots, or swirls in the Pride colors. Making each fingernail different provides the client with an individual style that is uniquely theirs.
4. Rainbow Shimmer Sprinkled Nails
Your Valentino Beauty Pure 3D nail art brush does amazing things! This beginner-friendly 3D nail art brush is great for 3D nail art applications. Users like that, “...this brush can pick up both large and fine beads and keeps its shape when fanning out the acrylic.”
With this brush, you can add sparkle and shine to your client’s nail designs. After applying Valentino Beauty Pure gel or acrylic, apply assorted sizes and colors of rhinestones, glitter, and 3D charms.
Apply 3D art with your 3D brush individually to each nail. Create uniform patterns or mismatched nails. Anything goes with this dazzling look.
5. LOVE Letter Nails
Spread love, not hate by creating LOVE nails. After applying the base acrylic or gel color, simply paint the letters for the word “L-O-V-E” onto the fingernails, one letter per nail.
Each letter should be a different color. You may also use nail sticker letters instead of paint. On the fifth nail, draw a heart. Your client will fall in love with this minimalist Pride design.
Pride Flag and Fashions Today
The rainbow flag has quickly become one of the most influential symbols today. Infusing your outfits with the colors and effervescence of the Pride Flag is a small way you can help support those who struggle daily with acceptance.
As a nail professional, you can add this beauty to your clients’ nails in numerous fun and creative ways like those we mentioned above. For even more nail styles and trends, check out the Valentino Beauty Pure Instagram and Tik Tok.
Show Your Pride
Like the variety of colors in the rainbow, there are many ways you can create Pride nails. You can construct an array of nail designs for long and short nails.
There are also numerous designs such as multi-colored polka dots, rainbow candy-stripes, nails for hashtag Pride, glittery nails, or minimalistic nails with the letters for the word “LOVE”.
Remember to visit the Valentino Beauty Pure site for our VUnit E-File, nail forms, acrylics, gels, brushes, and other tools to help your clients look their best. You can also find us on Instagram and Tik Tok where we’ll share new trends, ideas, and fun ways to wear nails.
Visit Valentino Beauty Pure for all of the nail tools, supplies, and equipment for your nail artistry business.