Moving On: Millenials, Manicures, and Tik Tok
Kids these days...And especially, millennials.
The millennial generation is known for many things (good and bad), but one thing they’re great at doing is trying something new. For millennials, if the shoe doesn’t fit, they make a new one. And when it comes to nail colors, polishes, and styles, they are leading the way with innovative, unique, and influential designs.
Gone are the days of French manicures or nude, natural nails. Millennials are paving the way with colorful acrylics, ombre accents, and all-new techniques. Kylie Jenner, Nicki Minaj, Billie Eilish, and Cardi B are well-known acrylic aficionados, but they have professionals waiting on them hand and foot to help. We can’t all live in the lap of luxury as they do, but the good news is that if you want to try your hand at sporting a new, stylish set of nails every few weeks as they do, you can. And you don’t have to break the bank - or damage your own nails - to do so!
The internet is the best-kept resource for new and inspiring nail designs and inspiration. But the social media mega-giant TikTok is also paving the way with its endless array of tutorials. In true millennial fashion, TikTok videos are quick, to-the-point, and easy to move from one onto the next. Some of the newest nail techniques to hit the TIk Tok airwaves are listed below, but the best part is that TikTok also has tons of useful, efficient videos dedicated to taking off your newest nail design (just like the professionals do).
Keep in mind that electric nail tools like the Bellasonic 4-in-1 Electric Nail File Set can safely and powerfully buff, shape, and trim your nails and cuticles once the acrylics and gel polish are off. It can even help you out in the removal process by gently buffing away any product leftover on your nails. It’s an all-in-one tool to clean and prep your nails whether you’re taking polish off, or preparing to put it on.
So, get your fingers ready for some of the latest trends hitting social media these days:
Remember the days when you used to paint each one of your nails a separate color? Well, those days are back. Color blocking your nails has become a trend again, and celebrities and influencers alike are rocking bright, colorful nails - one per finger. What might have looked mismatched years ago is now a trend. Leave it to the millennials to bring back something from their childhood and make it popular again! Just grab a few of your favorite polishes, paint one color on each nail, and voila!
The most popular hair trend of the last few years has infiltrated the nail polish scene, but these days, the effect doesn’t have to be gradual. Get your creative juices flowing and go for some colorful shock-value by ombre-ing your nails from white to black, or pink to yellow! The combinations are endless, because these days, there are no rules when it comes to beauty.
Slickpouring is one of the most popular trends on Tik Tok when it comes to nail art design. It’s basically perfecting a ‘bead’ of acrylic powder and then letting it ooze its way over your nail bed. This skill takes plenty of practice (as well as precision) but there are an endless number of videos online for you to get inspiration from. Glitter is also making an extraordinary comeback when it comes to nails, and with the slickpour technique, you can get the smoothest glitter-based nail without all pesty, textury feel.
These are only a few of the latest trends to hit the Tik Tok airwaves, but they all share the same idea: in today’s beauty world, there are no rules. Millennials (and even the Gen Z’ers) have proven that! Your nails don’t need to match your makeup, your clothes, or even each other. You can explore your creativity to your heart’s content because TikTok is also full of videos on how to safely and expertly remove your nail designs.
The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to changing up your nail design is the care you give them when you’re removing polish or taking off acrylic. If you’re changing your nails as often as you’re changing your jobs, boyfriends, or profile pictures, make sure to treat them with some TLC when doing so. And don’t be afraid to ‘go bare’ every now and then! The Bellasonic 4-in-1 Electric Nail File Set is a fantastic tool that can trim, shape, smooth, buff, and shine your nails without a single drop of nail polish.
Pure acetone nail polish remover is the most efficient method of softening acrylics and removing gel polish, but it can also be hard on your nails. Salon-quality buffers can also damage your nails or cuticles if overdone (think of how many times you’ve been nicked at the nail salon!). Bellasonic uses patented design technology to control pressure and movement, which means it’s less damaging and safer to use than other electric nail files out there. The kit comes complete with 4 discs, each designed to shape, smooth, buff, or shine your nails.
So once the gel, acrylic, polish, glitter, netting, crystals, and base coat are off, you can safely, precisely, and powerfully shape, smooth, and buff your nails into tip-top condition. The shining disc alone will leave your nails with a visible shine that could even pass for a top-coat!
Millennials have gotten a bad rap over the years, but one thing they’ve proven is that there is no ‘right’ way to do anything. They’re all about taking the road less traveled, altering the landscape, pushing the boundaries of what is expected, and making something ‘their own.’ Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s also in the eye of the controller. You can be your own manicurist today with an endless supply of online tools, kits, products, tutorials, and techniques.
Let Bellasonic help you move from trend to trend, polish to polish, and style to style. You’ll notice the quality of your nails improve with every swipe of its patented movement and technology. And, on your polish-free days, you might even forget that you haven’t had a manicure in quite a while!