Quantcast
RELATED
How To Apply Pressure With Your Nails This Fall
Beauty & Fashion

How To Apply Pressure With Your Nails This Fall

Summer ends on September 22, and while we aren’t ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, we can’t wait for all the joy that fall brings. And that includes our fingertips. We are starting to add fall staples to our carts, so it’s only right that we apply that same energy to our nail game.


We had to hit up our good sis, Melissa Samuel, the owner of FinesseYourClaws, to really understand the assignment for the upcoming season. The London native has always had a passion for art and started nail artistry over a decade ago. After moving to New York, Melissa was inspired by the culture, street style, and fashion. Like the artist she is, she cultivated her own nail style, matching different prints, textures and hardware.

From campaigns with Moschino, Brandon Blackwood, MCM, and more, she’s proven to be THAT nail girl. She also has a celebrity clientele that includes SZA, Justine Skye, and Lil Yachty.

“The thing I love most about being a nail artist is getting to create every day. Whether a client provides inspiration or not, I design nails for them, inspired by them,” Melissa tells xoNecole. “Each set is unique and different, one of one. I'm fortunate to have an eclectic group of clients that allow me to push the envelope daily, it's my passion and I love it!”

Craving some nail inspo for fall? Keep scrolling!

Get Ready for Fall With These Nail Trends:

1. Prints

Courtesy of Melissa Samuel

“Fall nails are often inspired by Fashion Week, where prints are prevalent. Think tweed, plaid, monochrome," Melissa explains.

2. Texture

Courtesy of Melissa Samuel

“3D nails add dimension to a blank canvas; as color becomes more muted, the texture still gives it a stylish edge.”

3. Chrome

Courtesy of Melissa Samuel

“Metallic nails will definitely be trending for fall, fashion is having a futuristic wave. Think Balenciaga and Schiaparelli, silver and gold finishes.”

4. Hardware

Courtesy of Melissa Samuel

“Gems and jewels make great accent nails, and adornments with prints really pop," Melissa says. "They can be bigger if you're flashy or smaller for a more elegant look.”

5. Matte Nails

Courtesy of Melissa Samuel

Melissa says that matte nails are "always chic and a great way to mute bright colors. By removing the gloss, it really makes bold prints pop.”

6. Coffin Nails

Courtesy of Melissa Samuel

“Coffin nails are also very chic," Melissa tells us. "The tapered tip stops them from being obnoxious even if they're long and over the top. This shape elongates the fingers, making them more elegant.”

7. Square Nails

Courtesy of Melissa Samuel

“The square shape is popular, whether long or short. It provides more of a canvas for art and makes a bold statement. This is for the 'it' girls, very NYC!”

​For anyone struggling with nail art ideas, Melissa’s advice is simple: Don't overthink it. “Do what feels natural and authentic for you. Even if you start with a dot on each nail and work your way up from there. Art is open to interpretation and a form of your own expression. Have fun with it!”

As a nail artist herself, Melissa is inspired by everything and everyone. She loves texture, water, prints, murals, food, and couture. The list is endless. “It's important for me to think outside the box, to keep my art fresh and feel inspired.” Because she’s always liked to stand out and be different, she believes it’s best to ignore the styles that trend on social media. Ultimately, Melissa’s mantra is, “Become the trendsetter. Start your own wave!”

Courtesy of Melissa Samuel

If you want to recreate some of Melissa's famed manicures at home, the boss babe just released a line of press-on nails on Aug. 26. You can snag a few sets from FinesseYourClaws.com.

Let’s make things inbox official! Sign up for the xoNecole newsletter for daily love, wellness, career, and exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox.

Featured image by Prostock-Studio/Getty Images

 

RELATED

 
ALSO ON XONECOLE
Chizi-Duru-hair

This article is in partnership with SheaMoisture

Black women and their natural hair is often a shared experience with one another, and SheaMoisture knows all about it. That’s why they have launched the SheaMoisture Bond Repair Collection. You have your days when your hair is flourishing, and you have your days when the elements in the air are causing an annoying amount of frizz. You have your days when you want to wear a protective style, and you have your days when you want to press your hair. And while there’s nothing wrong with switching things up, all the hair manipulation can cause damage to your luscious locks. This is something that beauty and wellness influencer Chizi Duru can relate to.

KEEP READINGShow less
Rihanna's Fenty Hair launch

Rihanna's Fenty Hair announcement sparked a frenzy online, with a mix of excitement and skepticism. In the commercial, the "Needed Me" singer rocked a pixie cut, which had people debating whether she was wearing a wig. However, Riri said aht aht and showed everyone that it was her real hair and began rocking her natural curls with her most recent appearance at her Fenty Hair launch.

During her event, she spoke to Extra about embracing her natural hair. "It feels light," she described. "No braids, no extensions, no weaves, it's so easy. And so easy to do."

This may be the first time that many people have seen the mom of two wear her natural hair, but we all know that she is the queen of hairstyles. She also opened up about the role hair has played in her life and career.

KEEP READINGShow less
LATEST POSTS