Duck Nails refer to the flared look of the nail extending from the nail bed to end of the tips. We say 'flared,' but if these were pants, we'd be talking 70's bell bottoms in some cases.
Here are some Glambo hints:
You must use a nail form to create this look. Every salon we walk into seems to use tips with acrylic overlays, but to achieve a proper 'duck nail', forms are essential. (You can also 'flare' an existing acrylic nail by adding more product to the sides.)
|Two Styles of Nail Forms|
Do not make the white tips of the nails too much longer than the pink nail bed. If you do, then the nails are more likely to break, or at least crack in the corner where the two colors meet. Also, every duck nail we have seen has a square tip. The harshness of the square varies, but we have never seen an oval or soft square duck nail.
|Snooki's duck bill nails. Not just a New Jersey thing!|
If you are new to doing free-form nails (vs. tips,) don't worry. One of the reasons we are resistant to the duck nail trend is because it is reminiscent most manicurist's first attempt at using forms in beauty school. The lack of control over the product seems to help create this effect. So, if you are a newbie, don't worry! You can probably achieve this look. If you are new to using nail forms, remember to get them up and under the nail as much as possible while securing the form under the corners of the nail. Don't let the form come loose under that corner, or it will effect the final look. Yes, we are resisting the urge to make 'loosy goosy' and 'quack jokes' here. :)
If you have some duck nail photos, we'd love to see them! Please email them to: GlamboGirls@gmail.com, so we can share them with other Glambo Girls.
What do you think? Are duck nails Hot or Not? Would you wear this trend?