3D art, chrome effects, and mushrooms? Yes, these are the experimental nail trends on deck for 2021 — at least Violetta Kurilenko, the artist behind @yeswhatnails, thinks so. The Barcelona-based nail artist is known for her intricate and colorful designs, as well as her own line of signature nail art stickers and wraps. So when it comes to telling what’s next for nails, we’re taking her word for it. We chatted with Violetta about how she finds design inspiration in unexpected places, her favorite looks, and her best at-home mani tips.
Inspiration comes from anywhere: nature, movies, art, architecture, photography. What’s important is being able to see it and apply it to what you are creating; being able to create a concept too. The mind isn’t always able to actually use what you have seen. Makeup and fashion definitely influence my work. What’s happening in fashion or makeup is going to be reflected in nails, like textures, colors, and concepts. It’s all connected. Right now I’m trying to reinvent my work a little bit, so I am researching different fields that I haven’t been looking at before with as much detail, like nature. I am going through tons of photos of mushrooms right now — very fun and mind blowing! Each design that I create is very special to me, but the complicated projects that I do inspired by art are my favorite. Those require so much attention and then when the client sees the final result it is so satisfying to see their reaction.
To be totally honest, I don’t know what is trendy or not anymore. Anything could be a trend. Also, trends are not always something new. For example, the cat eye effect has been circling around for the last 10 years, and then it blew up on Instagram again from last year until now. I hope we start to see more 3D shapes, chrome effects —something that has a “wow” effect and makes you say “I’ve never seen that before.”
The best way to use them is with semi-permanent polish — that way they last around 2-3 weeks. If you are doing them at home, it’s best to apply them on a clean nail surface or a very well-dried regular nail polish, cover it with two coats of base coat, and then finish with a top coat.