When you’re a cam model, your look is part of the gig. Consequently, though how you personally choose to work it can vary, keeping your hair, skin, makeup, outfits and nails on-point and on-trend is part of the gig, too.
One beauty trend that’s constantly in flux is nail art. One week, bright polish is all the rage. The next week, neutral is the way to go. Then, before you know it, the trend is bubble nails or bust.
Sussing out the nail trend of the moment can be a challenge, but some very serious research (read: scouring Instagram) turned up a few ideas.
Natalie Pavloski, nail artist represented by BRIDGE Artists in NYC
The French manicure is a nail look that will never die, and for good reason. This classic look is tried and true, and beautiful when done right.
Pavloski’s colorful twist on the French manicure is interesting. The nail artist has taken multiple photos of her various French nail looks. The idea of keeping the base color simple and allowing each nail tip to pop with pretty, pastel color can’t help but set you apart. Don’t like pastel? Tweak the look to reflect your favorite color scheme.
This type of art may work for models whose fans are into demure or classy.
Valley, a nail salon in NYC
Women have rocked the simple, clear-polish look for years. It looks good with with everything, doesn’t clash with anything and is a breeze to apply.
Clear, freshly lacquered, manicured nails — but with a subtle twist — are taking over Instagram. While the subtle look of clear polish alone is enticing, the manicurist’s use of subtle studs adds an extra dimension. Don’t like the studs? Ask your nail tech to use clear or colored jewels to subtly catch the summer sunlight.
This manicure may work for models who like to keep their nails short and tidy. And let’s be honest—when you’re doing a lot of hand work, it’s nice not to worry about breaking a nail mid-performance.
Alicia Torello, manicurist represented by The Wall Group NYC
Nail art lovers have ooh-ed and ah-ed over delicate images manicurists painstakingly paint. Artists can create anything — flowers, faces, emojis — on nails. If you want it, they can do it.
Astrological and moon-inspired art makes a cosmic statement. Even if you don’t take the moon’s phases seriously, you can still enjoy these celestial images.
If you want something else — maybe something that pertains to your online persona — don’t be afraid to get creative.
Into kink? Ask your artist to paint handcuffs, a ball gag or a whip on your nails. Cosplay your thing? Get art that corresponds to your fans’ favorite character.
Jessica Washick, manicurist
Logos are everywhere. So, why would you want to get them on your nails? There are just so many other beautiful trends to try. A Nike swoosh or a McDonald’s arch just isn’t that … cute. Still, if that’s your thing, go for it.
Washick produces excellent work. Check out this design. If it doesn’t make you crave ice cream on a hot, summer day, I don’t know what will.
Mei Kawajiri at Nails By Mei, represented by The Society NYC
This trend’s concept certainly would stand out, but let’s get real: How could you manage these nails every day? They are very pretty for a fairy princess fantasy, but with how much work you do on a weekly basis — at home and on cam — you’re probably going to break one of those cute gems off within two days of the manicure.
Mei created this equally girly but more practical nail art in March.
Abbie Stutzer is a writer and editor from Lawrence, Kans. Find her on Twitter at @abbiestutzer and on Insta at @abbiestutzer. Email her at email@example.com.
Lead image © Ed Lawrence.