Nail art is pervasive. It shows up everywhere – in movies, photography, restaurants, parties and even in places outside of reality, like in video games. It’s no secret that women like to stand out with unique looks that attract the attention of onlookers, but I don’t think anything shows up everywhere quite like nail art does. I actually got to thinking about it after going through a lengthy process to get my avatar’s nails done in Second Life, which probably isn’t the only video game out there which offers an option like this. It took about as much time as really getting my nails done, what with all the options there were.
While it doesn’t feature any nail technician schools, I’ve found that Second Life really does kind of feel like a second life sometimes, what with all the things there are to do, places there are to visit and people there are to see. I won’t lie – I’ve actually looked to some of the designs found in the game when creating designs of my own, back in the real world. That’s not to say I steal those ideas, because I don’t. It’s interesting though, all the places where people can draw inspiration from, if only they’re paying attention at the right time.
Getting back to nail art specifically, it has really come a long way from simple polish and coloring agents. Now there are ceramic nails, which are made from clay or silicates and more or less pasted on top of the existing nail. These are sort of like hair extensions, but for finger nails. Unlike paint or polish which can be flashy but are ultimately flat, ceramic nails can actually allow for three dimensional art because designs can be built on top of the ceramic base. While they would normally destroy a human nail and cause some pain, they are being placed on the nonliving extension and so do no harm.
Flowers, rainbows, sunbursts; basically anything bright and colorful can find a good place to expose itself on the nails of a person. Because of the flashy and bulky nature of some of these ceramic designs, some people consider them gaudy and wouldn’t be seen wearing them. Thankfully, there are a number of other ways to make nails look better. There are acrylics, gels and silks, all of which come with their own benefits and disadvantages. For example, I wouldn’t wear acrylic nails because a bad connection or adhesive could cause them to literally rip your natural nails from their beds. Other people like them.
I think what design comes down to in the end is how it makes the viewer feel. Regardless of whether we’re talking about clothes, cars, carpets or nails just to name a few things, it’s all about how the end product makes the viewer feel and whether they like what they see or not. If they don’t, you can bet they won’t be wearing it. If they do though, then you’ve got a customer. So, one of the main things in design is to focus on creating imagery which is pleasing to the eye. This is tough though, since beauty is in the eye of the beholder.