On the hunt for a pretty summer manicure but fancy something a little more exciting than those done-to-death pastels? Look no further than a pressed flower manicure; it’s dainty, it’s delicate, and it’s dominating Instagram right now as the nail trend of the summer. Featuring intricately placed real dry flowers and petals pressed onto the nail bed and then finished with a clear gel top coat, this blooming botanical style puts the perfect finishing touch on any warm weather outfit.
First spotted on Preen’s AW/17 runway show earlier this year, and most recently at the Rodarte FW/17 Couture show in Paris last weekend, these whimsical nails have since been seen on several famous technician’s Insta pages in the run up to summer. And what’s not to love? From singular petals to miniature bouquets, you can go as minimal or dramatic as you like. If you want to recreate the style with a DIY job, simply pick your chosen flowers and store them in a heavy book to dry for a few days – once ready use a good quality top coat to seal the flowers to your nails. Easy peasy!
By Rebecca Hoffnung