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I’m a Manicurist – the nail trends that will make you look cheap right away and why nail stickers are a BIG mistake

WHETHER you’re a fortnightly person or someone who only paints their nails on special occasions, chances are you have a guy.

Either you choose the same thing every time, or you love a trend.

A manicurist shared the popular designs to avoid

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A manicurist shared the popular designs to avoidPhoto credit: Getty

While eye-catching trends on social media look great, the same cannot be said for real life.

Here, manicurist Megan Turner reveals the tackiest nail trends that will make your manicure look cheap and what you can do to avoid them.

AIRBRUSH

Luckily, finding a salon that actually has an airbrush gun isn’t easy, and it shouldn’t be easy.

Using an airbrush generally requires a stencil to work, meaning little skill is required and anyone can have the exact same design as you.

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If you want something truly unique, you must go for a hand-painted finish.

Most nail salons now have nail art specialists and the quality of their work is far better than any template can match.

NAIL STICKERS

They were a huge trend during the pandemic, when it was nearly impossible to visit your manu-curist, even when lockdown was lifted.

But now there’s no excuse for the cheap plastic wraps.

Not only are they bad for the planet, but they peel off in a matter of days, leaving your nails looking blotchy and unfinished.

If you don’t have a steady hand to draw on your design, try dried flowers instead and set them under a clear coat – it’s perfect for the cottage core trend!

THICK ACRYLIC

This is probably the biggest no when it comes to neat, stylish looking nails.

Even if you’re building length, there’s no excuse for thick acrylic. They complicate everyday tasks and look cheap.

No good pro would let you leave his chair with chunky extensions.

Find a manicurist who does gel extensions instead, they’re more customizable and give a much more natural and stylish finish. They are also much healthier for the nail.

While flashy trends look great on social media, the same cannot be said in real life.

DUCK SHAPE

As with most offbeat nail trends, social media is to blame for this water-inspired finish.

But it’s basically clickbait in a nail design. And while it might get horror-like, the wide edges beg to snag and damage your nail bed.

This is almost impossible to achieve with natural nails, so requires unnecessary lengthening and is unflattering on the fingers.

Instead, opt for a stiletto, square or rounded tip for a softer finish that always looks elegant.

FRENCH TIP

While that’s debatable, the classic thick white lace Frenchman is a no-go in 2022.

It instantly dates your look and screams dated.

If you love the two-tone finish, ask your manicurist for a thin French that’s similar to the classic style you love but with a chic, modern twist as the tip is much thinner and more delicate.

The nail expert said certain styles would instantly cheapen your look

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The nail expert said certain styles would instantly cheapen your lookPhoto credit: Getty
Nail art stickers are a no-go

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Nail art stickers are a no-goPhoto credit: Getty
The duck nail trend is extremely popular on social media

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The duck nail trend is extremely popular on social mediaPhoto credit: Instagram
It is disputed that the classic French tip is not in the good books of manicures

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It is disputed that the classic French tip is not in the good books of manicuresPhoto credit: Getty

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Jessica MacLeish

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