Stone nails are a surefire way to amp up your manicure game. We reached out to nail artists in different cities across Korea to get their personal take on this popular style. Read on to get inspired.
This nail art style features large gem-like stones and was first spotted on the hands of top K-Pop stars about a decade ago. The trend quickly made its way to nail salons across the country. The style is so pervasive that each day on my subway commute in Seoul, all I need to do is look up momentarily and a shiny bejeweled nail is sure to catch my eye.
The classic has evolved into a more ornate, or “extra”, style in recent years. Seoyun Choi, CEO and nail artist at Nail City Seoul shared that clients like to express their personal style through their nail design and enjoy mixing and matching several stones to create a unique look.
Nail artists in Korea are seriously pushing the creative boundaries. At Aile Nail, nail artists Lim Danbi and Im Goeun’s current signature nail design combines temperature-sensitive, color-changing gel nail colors with small pearls to give their clients a distinctive and extraordinary look.
Under the Sea
It’s no doubt that one of the most popular nail trends this summer features seashell designs. This style has been big not just in Korea but around the world. With a combination of larger wave-like parts and smaller shell ornaments, nails are transformed into oceanscapes.
No article about the stone nail art trend in Korea would be complete without mentioning Thanos nails! That’s right, Thanos, a super-villain of the Marvel Universe has inspired a multi-colored jewel nail art trend! Below, Lee Dayoung, co-owner and nail artist at Nail HaRu in Gyeongsan, Korea shares her interpretation of Thanos nails.