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25 Reasons Why Hialeah Should Be The Nail Acrylic Art Capital Of The World

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There are few things in this world more precious than a woman’s acrylic nails. Some people like to keep things simple but some women, and full communities, take things a little to far some times. That’s the story we have here straight out of Hialeah, the Cuban enclave in Miami. These women are not about to let anyone outdo them and their nails. Thankfully #HialeahNails is a thing so we can admire the lengths Hialeah women go to shine.

1. When your nail tips wear rings…

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You know it could only be made in Hialeah. This is true artistry folks. Did everyone notice the jewels added on the underside of the nails? #Queen

2. Cuticles are for flowers…

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Or jewels. Or actual crowns. But you should know that your cuticles are just a blank canvas for whatever you want to adorn them with, obvi.

3. With nails like these, you need servants to do everything for you.

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And you freakin’ deserve it. Every woman deserves to be treated like a queen and these nails guarantee that you won’t have to do anything.

4. What are nails if not a place to paint your flag pride?

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And these nails are not so rare in Hialeah. Like, they’re all over the place because the city is full of Cubanas. #CubanaPride

5. Use your nails to blend in with your environment.

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Because Hialeah is close enough to Coral Cables, which is essentially a sea castle. Plus, you’re a mermaid. Act like one.

6. Do you see the jewel under her nails?!

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Literally, all I can say is #OnlyInHialeah. And also, understand that nail tips are it. Call them Beyoncé nails, or go to Hialeah and they can be yours.

7. Or go for a ghosty, gold flake look.

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The more intricate the nails the higher the social status. That is a fact. Look it up.

8. Better yet, go ghosty and chic.

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Tie a pink ribbon on it, dip your tips in jewels, and hashtag it #HialeahNails. If you don’t, I will.

9. These are the classiest, fiercest nails on the planet.

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Faded french plus pointed tips make for the perfect balance of everything you need for the perfect set of nails.

10. Oh snap. How about matte red tips?

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I take it back. These are the fieriest, most badass nails in town. Go to South Beach for the henna tattoo.

11. Like the square tips? It’s all you boo.

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Caption: “I will be too busy admiring these nails to do any work today .. sorry not sorry ?”

Same.

12. Do you think those gems really dazzle like that?

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Because I’d make a wish on those shining stars. Everyone knows that the only wishing stars worth wishing on are those bad boys on your nails.

13. Who says you can’t have it all?

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Apparently, The Polished Nail House is the place to go for glossy french tips, gem-lined cuticles and glitter overlays. Good for them!

14. ? ???

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These are definitely some interesting nails. There is nothing wrong with any line of work as long as you do it well.

15. Let bae know that you are thinking about them on Valentine’s Day.

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Whether I’m going it alone or with my partner, I will be invincible next Valentines Day. Literally every single nail is different but the synergy is on point. ? It’ll just suck to have to take them off the next day.

16. Get you some abstract modernism in Hialeah.

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Did I mention this is art already? Because if you’re not with me, you’re against me, and the army of women with works of art that serve as weapons to boot.

17. In Hialeah, we only celebrate Easter with a bunny boo on the ring finger.

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Genius, right? Nobody gets more pastel glam for Easter than Miamians. It’s because we’re already dressing in florals year-round. #paradiso

18. We call this “The Modern Day Victorian”

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Because you’ll feel like royalty when you let the peasants kiss your jeweled hands. And we’re pretty sure even Victorian royalty didn’t have bling like this. This belongs to Hialeah alone.

19. If you’re from Hialeah, you like orchids.

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And now you can wear orchid-inspired art as you drop jewel-shaped ice cubes in the rare orchids you have in and around your house.

20. Don’t make me do anything else with these hands.

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They’re here for you to ogle. They exist as art and everyone else are just observers.

21. Geometric transparent acrylics, get outta here!

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My only question when admiring nails are, “Would Rihanna wear this?” I think she would, because this is badass.

22. Nails are for seeing your reflection in them.

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My mom always likes to brag about the time she caused a car accident when she waved down a cab and the glare of her acrylics (and her Puerto Rican beauty) tripped him up. Ok, so only half of that story is true, but I’m not telling which.

23. Matte is everything.

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I can already tell that these are good breakup nails. They’re serious, they mean business and they put you at the center of a dissolving duality. JK–they’re just pretty and you need to #treatyoself during hard times.

24. When it’s spring time, bling it up.

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A feisty twist on an old classic, these soft pink nails have nothing soft about them. Dáme already.

25. I leave you with Hot Wheels inspired #HialeahNails.

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And I’ll let you decide if our community should be dubbed the World’s Capital of Acrylic Nail Art.

20 Manicures Worthy of a Spring Wedding

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20 Manicures Worthy of a Spring Wedding

If you’re walking down the aisle in these upcoming Spring and Summer months, then there’s no doubt that you already have a ton of wedding-related decisions to make in the near future. The cake, the venue, the flowers–with all these things to think about, the wedding-planning process can inevitably feel overwhelming.

And as your big day approaches closer, no doubt deciding on the style of your wedding manicure is at the bottom of your to-do list. Luckily, we’ve scanned Instagram to come up with the trendiest, prettiest, and most delicate Spring and Summer-time manicure styles fit for wedding season. Take a look at the beautiful options below!

1. The Embroidered Look

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London-based nail studio Dry By London calls this dainty look “Embroidery”. Described as a “romantic white-gold freehand pattern”, this design gets it inspiration from classic embroidered bridal veils.

2. Porcelain Pink Peonies


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If you want a nail look that matches your bouquet, opt for a manicurist who specializes in delicate hand-painted designs, like the one above. But make sure you vet your nail tech in advance to verify that they can pull of a more complex design. Some nail techs prefer to stick with solids.

3. Minimalist Yellow Tulips

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Another floral look, this nail design is perfect for a bride who has a springtime wedding but would like a little more color on her nail bed.

4. Red is the new white

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This look is for the bride-to-be who just isn’t a fan of the traditional bridal nudey-pink nail color. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing wrong with rocking a red nail for your wedding day. Especially a minimal-yet-glam look like the one above. In fact, red and white are an extremely elegant color pairing.

5. Love Letters


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What better way to celebrate the union of two lives than by commemorating it on your nail-bed? Another look by the Dry By London salon, they call this look “Love Letters”, and its low-key look that even the least-experienced nail tech could pull off.

6. The Quirky Floral Mani

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This nail look is perfect for the bride who wants her manicure to reflect her quirky personality. There’s no reason to shy away from a busier nail design. It’s your wedding, after all.

7. Mexican Embroidery

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New York-based nail artist Betina Goldstein says this look is inspired by “hand embroidered Mexican dresses”. This is the perfect way to give a subtle nod to your cultural history on your special day.

8. The Nod to Nature


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If you’re getting married in the springtime, then this might be the perfect manicure for your wedding day. Springtime is the time of growth and renewal–what better way to reflect the optimism of the day than by celebrating it on your hands?

9. Crazy for Daisies

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Another Spring-inspired manicure, this look would be especially perfect for a bride who has this sunny flower in her bridal bouquet. It’s romantic, light, and fun.

10. Crystal Pyramids

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This look was created by manicurist to the stars (including Gina Rodriguez), Karen Gutierrez. If you’re looking for a little more glitz and glam for your manicure, a rhinestone-encrusted look like this one might be the perfect minimal, classy design.

11. Ombré with Half-Moons


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If you’re feeling the ombré french-tip look but you want to kick it up a notch, try adding white half-moons to the base. The look is still sleek and simple, but the half-moon adds a bit more glamour to an otherwise minimalist look.

12. Cute-icles

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If you’re a bride who gravitates towards the trendy, opt for a nail design that incorporates cuticle-striping. Unlike the outdated french-tip look, cuticle-striping (especially a duo chrome look like the one above), a design concentrated at the base of the nail looks young, hip, and fresh.

13. Japanese Cherry Blossoms

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The blooming of Japanese cherry blossoms is strongly associated with the coming of spring and is a time for celebration in Japan. The flower symbolizes the circle of life and the passage of time–in other words, a perfect symbol for a day celebrating the permanent union of two lives.

14. Simple Stripe


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This nail art is perfect for the bride who believes less is more when it comes to her wedding look. This design is simple, but its purveys all of the elegance and refinement that a bride aims to channel on her big day.

15. Mini Dotted Flower Clusters

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Who wouldn’t want a replica of tiny bouquets painted on your fingertips? Use this design to duplicate your official flowers and in conjunction with your wedding’s color palette.

16. Tropical Island

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If your wedding is deeper into the summer, why not opt for a cute and classy tropical look on your nails? Even better if you’re headed to a beach getaway for your honeymoon.

17. Another Gold Band


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Keep it simple with a nude base color and a soft gold band painted around the middle of your nail bed. The effect is elegant and timeless.

18. Pressed Gold Leaf


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Gold leaf manicures are the perfect design for a wedding. While metallic nail polish can come off as a bit too New Years Eve-y for a bridal look, metallic leaf gives off a more austere, regal vibe. Metallic leaf is a fragile and relatively-complicated nail art supply so, again, make sure your nail tech is well-qualified.

19. White Lace

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Nothing says “bridal look” more than lace does. Mimic the pattern of your gown and veil by having your nail tech (or better yet–your “nail artist”) hand-paint a lace-like design on your nail beds.

20. Clean and Bright

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This look is perfect for the bride who isn’t huge on nail polish or manicures. This design mostly features your nail’s natural color, but has a little bit of fun by adding some wedding-white stripes to the nail bed. Not only is it pretty and minimal, but it will have you in and out of the nail salon in under 30 minutes–that way, you can spend more of your precious time focusing on last-minute wedding details.

This Scorpion Nail Trend From Mexico Is Making Its Way To The U.S.

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This Scorpion Nail Trend From Mexico Is Making Its Way To The U.S.

The latest beauty trend happening across nail salons in Mexico is stirring up mixed feelings.

Lovers of trendy nail tips are asking nail technicians to infuse dead scorpions into their nails.

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For real.

The trend reportedly originated in 2015 in Durango, Mexico – a Northern city that considers a scorpion a symbol of pride.

Lupita Garcia, an artisan who has “cariño” and respect for scorpions, had the idea of turning the dangerous insect into fierce nail art like the one you see below:

After baby scorpions are killed with bug spray, they’re placed in alcohol for preservation. The scorpion is then placed in between two coats of acrylic gel, one to cover the natural nail and the other to seal it in. The manicure goes between 500 – 600 pesos, or $25–$30 USD. The design became a craze after the news story went viral on Facebook. Based off a few Instagram posts, the trend seems to have made its way to Texas and Florida.

Check out a condensed version of the 40-minute mani below:

Creepy or not, it may actually be dangerous. Julio Cesar Ramirez, M.D., tells Daily Mail that, “the scorpions remain venomous after they have died.” Lupita doesn’t seem to care, though. She’s visited the emergency room three times after being stung by a scorpion. What a great way to get revenge, no?

READ: Relive Mexican Beauty Trends of the Last 100 Years

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