If you love nail art, then you’re probably familiar with several famous Japanese nail artists who have made a name for themselves in the beauty industry. They’re mostly known for 3D nail art designs and for pioneering innovative techniques. But what exactly makes Japanese nail art unique?
Japan’s nail care industry
Japan has a huge nail care industry, reportedly garnering up to more than JPY100 billion (approximately SGD960 million) in market size over the past couple of years. There’s also the Japan Nailist Association, a non-profit organisation founded in 1985 that ensures ‘nailists’ (their term for Japanese nail artists), along with other nail care practitioners and service providers, are up to date with the latest trends, techniques, and technologies related to nail care, both locally and abroad.
Harajuku fashion and its influence on the nail art industry
Harajuku is a district in Tokyo that is known for its fashion and beauty scene; it even inspired a subculture. But while ‘Harajuku fashion’ has changed in meaning over the years, with the likes of lolita and gyaru styles as two of the more popular looks, its influence over nail art is something that remains.
Nail designs with elaborate styling, 3D effects, and kawaii (cute) elements inspired by Harajuku fashion became synonymous with Japanese nail art. Eventually, even everyday people started getting into these nail art styles and it evolved into the trend we know today.
At present, with many nail artists, salons, and services growing more and more in demand in various countries, Japanese nail art with 3D and abstract elements continue to rise.
Japanese nail art elements to inspire your next manicure
Now that you’ve learned more about Japanese nail art, it's time to get inspiration for your next manicure. Here are some Japanese nail art elements from popular nailists you can take note of.
1. 3D bubble nails
This nail art features 3D designs made from gel polish. The design is cured into place for security. This is great for those who want cute, 3D nails but don’t want to use beads, gems, or other accessories on top of their manicure.
2. Dainty freehand florals
Japanese nail art is known for freehand designs that look easy to achieve but are actually very intricate and detailed. If you’re the type who wants a cute, subtle design, this style is the one to take inspiration from.