Watch out tiny toe flowers with rhinestone centers, there’s a new nail trend in town. And it’s kicking traditional nail art to the curb. The fall fashion trends are alive with color and flashy metallics and with holiday parties just around the corner, it’s time to go Minx. This buzzed-about Hollywood nail craze gives nails a kick with professionally applied, super smooth flexible film that covers nails with solid metal sheen or intricate screen-printed designs. Metallic Minx pack in serious bling with mirror-like shine that makes nails look like they were dipped in melted silver or gold. Celeb fashionistas like Fergie and Lady Gaga sported metallics in recent music videos and Beyonce and Blake Lively have been spotted with similar metal Minx on the red carpet. For special occasions and theme parties, some salons offer custom designs that resemble tiny graphic tees. Match your nails to any outfit, add a touch of personal flair with a photo or even go political like Eve’s recently photographed art deco designs of President Obama.
Minx covers are easily applied to nails via thin foils that mold and stick with a jolt of heat. First, nails are shaped, filed and buffed for a smooth base and cleansed with alcohol to remove any oil or moisture. Then, the heat-activated cutouts are placed under a warming lamp until flexible, lined up on each nail, smoothed down and heated again to adhere. Minx foils do not contain harsh chemicals, won’t damage nails and deliver high shine and intricate designs you won’t get from ordinary polish or acrylic tips.
Minx manicures last a few days to a week depending on your lifestyle, pedicures last up to a few weeks and both range from about $40 to $60 depending on the design you choose.
To get this glammed-up celebrity look without trekking to L.A. for the day, here are salons offering Minx nails in our own cactus-speckled backyard:
- Indulge MedSpa & Salon in Glendale
- Fuchsia in Mesa
- Posh N Polish in Chandler
- The Pampered Pinkie in Chandler
- Xpressions in Glendale
Photo courtesy of Sweet Squared.