Nail trends

The forecast for nail lacquer this season is shimmer, glitter, pops of metallic, and a shiny new looking French polish. Here are the best nail trends for 2018. By editor Trudi Brewer.

Editor Trudi Brewer on The Cafè with host Melanie Homer.

It’s a colour and glitter fest for the year ahead when it comes to nail trends. Bold 60’s-inspired shades have made a comeback, and the spotlight is on cuticles when it comes to adornment. With metallic dots and pretty shimmer highlighting healthy-looking nails, the pretty trends are endless. Here are just a few of our favourites.

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From decorative nail art, jewellery to give your nails instant bling, stick-on studs, beads, and diamonds. The range of eye-catching colour and adornment to choose for your next mani is incredible, and the trends keep on coming. Here are the latest accessories for your nails.

OPI Pop Culture new collection

OPI Pop Culture, $20.

For fun texture and bold colour the six new lacquers from OPI are hard to beat. Infused with tiny bubble-like clear particles that offer a 3-D effect, in 60’s inspired shades. From a fresh lilac, and stunning coral, to ocean-inspired blues and sunny yellow, it's the perfect collection for summer.

CND Spring 2018 collection Chic Shock

CND Vinylux Long Wear Polish, $20.

From the new semi permanent Shellac Luxe salon service that takes less time to apply, with only two coats of colour and a speedy 60 second removal time, CND is on a roll with new innovation. There are 65 new shades in the Shellac Luxe collection and many of those are also available in the DIY Vinylux range as well. This is one lacquer that promises to give you 10 days glossy wear from you mani. Pictured here the new range of summer colours in four shades called Chic Shock.

Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab X for nails and cuticles

Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab X Strengthener and Cuticle Rehab X both $19.

For peeling, dry nails and dry cuticles this serum and gel offers jasmine and rose oils and black orchid, Acai and Algae extract, to hydrate and rejuvenate weak nails, to ultimately boost length and nails strength.


OPI Infinite Shine Brightening Primer, $33.

Four clever primers join the OPI nail care range, all long-wear lacquer treatments that contain bamboo, hydrolyzed keratin, and lemon extracts. These ingredients are designed to strengthen, condition and fill in any ridges on the natural nail, further preventing breakage and peeling. There are four in the range from Conditioning, Strengthening, Brightening and Ridge Filling.

Teddy Lane Nails

Teddy Lane Salon Nails, from $24.

Designed in New Zealand, by Wellington-based mother and daughter team, each kit of Teddy Lane nails contains 24 reusable stick-on nails in 12 different sizes to suit any nail size or length. You can choose short-term wear or 10 days of a perfect-looking mani depending on the amount of glue you apply. But why we think these instant nails are a great idea is that they look natural and are an excellent alternative for anyone who doesn’t want gels or permanent acrylic nails. Pictured here Glamour Manhattan, $29.