Between the spring cherry blossom season and the hot, humid summer is Japan’s rainy season, which can leave everyone feeling a little blue, not to mention soggy. But the rain can also be an inspiration for fashionistas, and these Japanese girls (and guys!) certainly don’t mind getting their nails wet (although the same probably doesn’t go for their hair).
Japan is always in the lead when it comes to nail art, with western countries only just starting to catch on to techniques that have been common in Japan for years, particularly when it comes to gel nail designs. Just like with clothes, new trends come and go all the time, and the latest one doing the rounds here is water droplet nails.
It’s a fresh and juicy look that users clear raised, textured drops to simulate the effect of drops of water atop your nails. You can easily add them as an accent to your usual nails, or you can really make them stand out by using a matte base to accentuate the glossy drops. They look particularly good with blue colours to carry on the water theme.
▼Check out these designs below for inspiration.
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▼These nails are from ultra-kawaii male model Kondo Yohdi. Could they be a hit with guys, too?
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Apparently some salons use a special “nail jelly” to create the textured drops, but you can also simply use a clear polish to create them yourself at home, as shown in the tutorial video below. The important thing is balance and making sure not to have too few or too many drops, but other than that it’s a fairly easy look to recreate. Just make sure you leave plenty of drying time!
Are you going to try this technique? Do you think it looks fresh and fashionable or bizarre and bumpy? Let us know in the comments section below!