No matter how much they care about their cuticles and callouses, most women don’t want to get mani/pedis at nail salons with subpar health and labor practices. But they largely fancied their feet and fingernails in the dark until a revealing two-part series in the New York Times shed light on widespread abominable conditions in nail salons. It linked nail products to breathing problems, skin disorders and miscarriages, and documented nail salon owners’ exploitation of workers. In response, the state of New York has mandated manicurists’ bill of rights be posted at nail salons that outline minimum-wage requirements and safety measures owners are obligated to follow. Letter grades have also been proposed as a way to signal to customers nail salons are clean.
When nail art finally went to the wayside last year, fashion and beauty gurus everywhere rejoiced. It turns out nail art wasn’t quite ready to take a back seat though. Fast forward to Fashion Week 2015 and nail art was everywhere – thankfully with a much chicer and sophisticated look that even the hard core anti-nail art gal could appreciate. The runways fully embraced the comeback, with linear designs and geometric patterns gracing the nails of models. Like all the other minimalist fans out there, this is the kind of nail art I can get behind. There are tons of DIY looks that are actually achievable. Try some of these Pinterest worthy negative space manicures Total Beauty suggests. If you’re really having a lazy girl moment, simply add a thin gold line to your nails and you’re right on trend!