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Gorgeous Japanese nail art

nailartlove japanese nail art

Okay, so the Japanese practically invented nail art (although some say it was the Italians, God knows why). Flip through any Japanese nail art magazine and you’ll be greeted by some of the most gravity-defying, embellished nail designs you’ll ever see. They have a fondness for bling, pearls, baubles,  sequins, not to mention cutesy motifs – Hello Kitty is a perennial favourite (see below).

japanese 3d nail art

Known as Japanese 3D nail art, these designs are not only expensive but can take a whole day to complete. These designs have been so popular in Japan, Hong Kong and Korea over the past decade that they’ve even reached the shores of US cities like California, where 3D nail artists are setting up shop.

I’m not about to question the Japanese penchant for all things kawaii/bling – they have their own style and they rock it. It’s just that these designs are not really, how should I put it… practical for daily life. In fact, I don’t think I would even be comfortable with a fully blinged out phone cover, much less 10 mini ones on my fingertips.

But I must admit that I truly adore Japanese nail art – when it’s done well (and not too over-the-top), it can truly be considered art.

Here’s some of my favourites:

Beth Ditto for MAC nails

Beth Ditto for MAC

Source: RAN Design, MAC

Beth Ditto of The Gossip fame joins the league of celebrities who’ve launched their own make up colours for MAC (Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin collaborated with MAC earlier this year). This manicure is every bit as fun as the campaign looks. I love how kitsch it is – it has Beth Ditto written all over it. Plus, her own nails look gorgeous too.

Leopard mix for Alexis of Sleigh Bells


Leopard mix nail art

sleigh bells saturday night live

Check out the nails by nail artist, Ria Nailz for Sleigh Bells’ performance on Saturday Night Live. Half bling, half leopard and all attitude. Pairs well with studded leather and ripped jeans.