Nail art has been at the forefront of beauty trends for a while now, with no intention of slowing down. Even the most minimal of nail art is still nail art; nails have become a tiny canvas to show off anything your imagination can come up with. Find the very best for your nails in LA with our list below…
Deriving their name from the first letters of “elegant satisfaction,” esNail originally started in Tokyo and brought their particular brand of nail services to LA in 2012. Since then, a walk-in service has been practically impossible. Make an appointment and decorate your nails in everything from ombre glitters to painted pictures and crystal bow studs, nail hoops, and miniature cupcakes. Go as crazy as you want: for a price tag that can range up to as high as $130, you should adorn your nails in whatever you can, right?
MARS the Salon
Another salon concept that originated in Tokyo, MARS the Salon luxes up your nail art experience: get your manicure done from the comfort of a leather chair in a private room, with a flat-screen tv to watch all your guilty pleasure reality shows. A basic manicure is available, sure, but the artists can take anything come up with and give you nails that Rihanna would be jealous of.
Candy Paint LA
Developed by designer Melody Ehsani, blogger Aureta Thomollari, and nail art guru Yoko Sakakura, Candy Paint LA is hidden inside the Melody Eshani store on Fairfax and caters to street-wise, fashionable babes. Just as the name suggests, the artists at Candy Paint LA literally turn your nails into dessert by giving them an ice cream paint job: fun, bright, covetable colors accented with tiny works of art. Once you step inside, you’re asked to choose your favorite candy (aka the manicure you want) and finish it off with “toppings” – your nail art selection, and if that includes sprinkles, so be it.
Another alumni of Tokyo, Marie Nails has 3 locations in Los Angeles to satisfy your nail art needs (ed note: and two in NYC!). No matter which location you choose, rest assured that you’ll walk out with envy-inducing nail art. Specializing in 3D nail art, they applique studs, crystals, rhinestones, and any other thing you can think to glue on your nails with talent and ease. If Katy Perry is your nailspiration, this is the place to re-create any of her covetable looks.
So Hot Right Nail
Nail art doesn’t always have to include a 3D bow or Swarovski crystals – sometimes you want to step up your nail game with some really interesting painted-on art. If that’s the case, be sure to visit So Hot Right Nail. The Hermosa Beach based studio is owned and operated by Belinda, who specializes in hand-painted gel art. So if you actually really do want to recreate a miniature version of a Picasso painting on your fingertips, she’s the gal to see.
Top image via esNail
– Bren Lee Gomez