Minimal Manicure: Yes or No?

With so many beauty trends coming and going, it can be hard to know which ones are for you and which ones can be left to the side. However, the great thing about beauty is that just because you feel a certain way about a trend today, it doesn’t mean you can’t change your mind tomorrow.

Today, you want minimal nails; next week, you want over-the-top bedazzled ones? Sounds good! That can happen.

To help you decide what nail style you should try today, read on to learn whether or not a minimal manicure is the right choice for you.

Yes: You want to try cuticle nail art.

If you are an individual who likes to be on the cutting-edge of beauty trends, then the next time you go to the nail salon, you want to give cuticle nail art a whirl. It is looking like cuticle striping is the next big trend in nail art thanks to its lowkey and tasteful design.

Generally, this type of manicure features a glossy but utterly bare base nail, with a thin colorful strip embracing the trajectory of your cuticle. This design is ideal for those times when you want a little bit of color, but don’t desire something that covers your whole nail.

Similarly, you can do the “Reverse French manicure” which got its name because it resembles a classic French manicure flipped on its head.

No: You like your nails to coordinate with the weather.

Particularly during the summertime, many women prefer to have bright colors on their nails as an ode to the vibrant feeling in the air.

If this sounds like you, then you probably want to skip a minimal manicure and instead go for a color such as a candy-apple red, a bright yellow, raspberry pink, or even a neon orange. Or, if you are having a hard time making your mind up, ask your nail technician to paint each nail a different color. When you leave the salon with a rainbow of color on the ends of your fingers, no one will think you even considered a minimal manicure.

Yes: You are attending a summer wedding.

A minimal manicure is perfect when attending a summer wedding as you can be assured that it will match your outfit while still looking put-together and chic.

If you are considering this type of manicure for an event like this, opt for two coats of a sheer, pale-pink or peach polish which will help you achieve a natural-looking shine. In fact, don’t be surprised if most people are convinced that you simply have naturally stunning nails.

Alternatively, a chic muted, gray-sky blue tone is a foolproof shade if you want slightly more color.

No: You prefer your nails to make a high-fashion statement.

Sometimes, you are just in the mood to make a high-fashion statement with your nail art. When that time comes, you don’t want to be going for a minimal manicure; instead, you should be opting for something like a Louboutin manicure.

This specialty style coordinates your nails with your beloved shoes as it involves having the shoe color on the front of the nail and then some red (à la the Louboutin red sole) on the back.

Alternatively, other high-fashion options include lightly sprinkling shimmer for textured nail design or affixing sequins with semi-permanent gel polish.

No matter what kind of manicure you decide to get, whether it is a minimal style or a vibrant, texture-filled extravaganza, it is crucial that you pay extra attention to the quality of products that you are putting on your nails.

Wherever you are getting your nails done, do as they do in the best beauty salon in Doha, and only use high-quality products for the base coat, nail polish, and top coat. Not only is the quality of the nail polish an integral factor in how long your manicure or pedicure lasts, but it also decreases the likelihood of your nails getting stained or damaged.

On that note, are you planning on getting a minimal manicure this summer? Yes or no? Let us know your thoughts and any related styling tips you have in the comments below!


Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.