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From The Long Squoval Nails Of The 80s To The Moon Nails Of The 90s, Here’s Proof That Nail Trends Are Cyclical

Believe it or not, nail styles haven’t always remained the same. We know – shocker, right? Despite the fact that we’ve embraced a real “anything goes” attitude to nails, it’s taken us a while to get there. Before the days of scanning Instagram for the latest designs, the most fashion-forward of us were instead … scanning the headlines and tabloids for the latest designs. 

Okay. 

So maybe we haven’t changed that much.

The thing, is just because our avenues for chasing trends have changed, does that mean nail styles have? After all, fashion has proven to be cyclical. We’ve dug up a few examples from the archives – read on to find out about the evolution of trending nail styles from the 1980s to now.

1. the 1980s – Long squoval nails.

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Madonna led the trend on these ones by decking her nails out in neon in her smash hit video clips. But, it was US Olympian Florence Griffith-Joyner who really owned the long squoval nails. In 1988 she set two words records at the Seoul Olympics while sporting some real blinged-out nails. She didn’t necessarily go down the Madonna path, though, and had forgone the neon in favor of a diamanté style.

2. 1980s – Lee Press-On Nails Launched

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1985 was the year that Lee Press-On Nails launched, and we haven’t looked back since. Let’s face it: these were a game-changer. We no longer had to sit in salons, waiting for someone to slap layers of chemicals and product onto the ends of our fingers to achieve that hella stylized look. Did the introduction of Lee Press-On Nails stop us from continuing to go to salons? Uh, no. But, at least they’re definitely a cheaper, and quicker, alternative.

3. 1990s – Moon manicure

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1992 saw the rise of the moon manicure nail – a throwback to the 1930s nail fashion of the same name. The traditional version of this style is basically a reverse French manicure: the white tip is instead painted over the cuticle, and the color is painted towards the tip of the nail. These days we see some pretty awesome iterations of this style, with tiny detail etched into the half-moon of polish that covers the cuticle.

4. 1990s – Bold Nail Art

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Remember the days when Missy Elliott graced our ears with regular hits on the radio? Does anyone even remember listening to the radio? Well, Missy Elliott wasn’t just a pioneer in the rap scene, she also inspired the bold nail art trend, back in the ‘90s. Her contemporary, Lil’ Kim, also boosted the trend by wearing dollar bills encased in acrylic. Yeah, imagine being that loaded that you can just shred your money and wear it on your nails

5. 1990s – Dark nail polish on short nails

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Uma Thurman’s nails caused quite a stir as one of the stars in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction, starting the craze for Chanel nail polish in Vamp. Do we still dig Uma Thurman’s kinda gothic, look? Yes. The answer is definitely yes. Especially when it comes to Halloween; it’s one of the easiest costumes to pull off when you’re stuck for ideas. Just remember to do your nails!

6. 1990s – Delicate, rounded squares

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Considered demure and feminine, these were made popular by Princess Diana. Is it possible that Princess Diana influenced the shape of our nails for weddings these days? Highly likely. But, it’s less likely that she’s influenced the color. After all, how often do we see a bride with a raucous red on her nails? 

7. 1990s – Crackle Lacquers

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CoverGirl was the first to launch a line of nail polishes that created a broken-glass effect on nails, way back in 1999. The idea was that it allowed us nail fashion freaks to let our flag fly and rock a few shades at once. Although, if you’re not careful, you may end up with a look that screams “scratched at her nail polish and wrecked it”. If you’re game, chances are you can still grab yourself a bottle of crackle lacquer these days – from Astra.

8. 2000s – Crisp right-angled nails

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Early 2000s Britney knew where nail fashion was at! She was showing off her crisp right-angled nails in her music videos way back when, and of course, we couldn’t get enough of it. If you want to channel your inner Britney Spears, consider not only delving into the crisp right-angles but also using a shade of real icy white with glitter.

9. 2000s – Mood Nail Polish

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Otherwise known as PMS nail polish, mood nail polish was designed to change color based on your mood. We all know the real secret behind it – that the nail polish changes color based on your body temperature – but it’s still cool to think that you’ve basically got a mood detector on the ends of your fingers. It makes it that much more satisfying when you want to flip the bird at someone.

10. 2000s – Embellished nails

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Beyonce’s gold Minx nail foils started this nail trend in the late-2000s. Ornamented nails became a  really good way for people to express themselves, and it even became a huge trend for fashion runways, as well! Are we surprised that Beyonce the trend-setter responsible for this shift on the nail fashion landscape? Nope.

11.  2010s – Minimalist designs on natural-shaped nails

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After embracing some pretty wild looks for so long, it makes sense that we were going to go back to having some more minimalist nail designs. The natural-shaped nail complemented this change, and it meant that everyone could breathe a sigh of relief and not have to put in too much effort. Although, you still have to put in a little effort. Kinda like natural makeup: you have to put on at least three layers before you can make yourself look like you didn’t put on any makeup at all!

12. 2010s – Stiletto nails

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We all know that stiletto heels are a sharp look. But, you know what’s even sharper? Stiletto nails. Although, you could reallynail that sharp look by pairing stiletto heels with stiletto nails. Anyway, the best part about having nails extra as the stiletto shape is that you have the perfect excuse to make the design as extra as possible, too!

13. 2010s – Gel manicures

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Gel manicures are definitely in vogue these days. They’re the kind of manicure that lasts much longer than the acrylic style. Which, if you can save time and money, as well as having hot AF nails for longer, that can only be a good thing, right? Plus, you can still design whatever styles you’d like with gel nails – it doesn’t matter that they’re not acrylic. Mucho bueno, right?

Which nail style is your favorite? Did you rock any of these looks yourself, back in the day? Or, are you wearing one of these styles already? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

Not Even Danny Trejo Has A Celebrity Face Tattoo

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Not Even Danny Trejo Has A Celebrity Face Tattoo

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It’s 2020 and face tattoos are the new normal. While the distinguishing ink has a rich history that traces all of the ways back to Ancient Greece and China, today’s tattoo du jour is notably born from some mutual understanding that subversive acts like a spiderweb tatt on your elbow or bleaching your heard are no longer enough.

Amber Rose 

The mother of two has said she truly took the death of Kobe Bryant to heart and was inspired to tattoo her children’s names on her forehead.

Presley Gerber

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When Cindy Crawford’s son and model Presley Gerber tattooed the lower part of his eye fans were shocked. Mostly because as it turns out, no matter how much they liked him they were “misunderstood” about him. The young model’s choice to tattoo the word on his face was baffling decision.

Post Malone

Post Malone might just be the reason why face tattoos took flight this year. The American rapper has a number of face tattoos including the words “Stay Away” on his forehead, and “always tired” under both of his eyes.

Aaron Carter

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight in a recent interview, the pop star explained that his face tattoo was done in honor of his career. According to Carter his tattoo is an image of Greek monster Medusa who Carter sees as his protector.

Justin Bieber

Yep, the once cleaned up teen hearthrob also has face ink. Though his are a bit more discreet Bieber does have a small cross under his left eye and the word “grace” above his right eyebrow.

Halsey

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Halsey also has a small tattoo that is very difficult to recognize. It’s very discreet and hard to spot. Her face tattoo is made up of a red diamond with a “Q” above it. It’s just in front of one of her ears.

These are just some of your favorite stars who have face tattoos that mean something very important to them. They’re very unique and it is one of their ways of expressing themselves. 

In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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Long before shops the likes of Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 began to bank on her image to sell $54 shirts to non-Latinx hipsters, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an icon and legend for young Latinas living across the globe. Ask a Latina and no doubt she has some sort of connection the Tejano singer whether its coordinating sons to “Baila Esta Cumbia” with her primas or playing her VHS biopic on repeat until the tape ran thin. The queen of Latinx music will always be an influential personality in Latino culture in the United States. Her music and the tragic circumstances of her death made her a pop culture phenomenon that escaped the niche Hispanic market. After her death, Hollywood studios furiously vied for the rights to adapt her incredible rags-to-riches story to the big screen. Selena is a fundamental Latino icon even 23 years after her death in 1995, at the tender age of 23.

Next time someone asks you at a party why you tear up listening to the late great Selena, be sure to serve them with these facts:

1. She brought Tejano music to mainstream America and proved women are capable of anything.

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Before Selena Mexican-American music was considered an eccentricity and was definitely not played in non-Hispanic clubs and radio stations.  Speaking about the experience of being a Latinx signer, Selena once said “Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But . . . wrong!” No doubt the Texas-born singer changed these harsh attitude during her life and after her untimely death.

2. She valued family

Selena might have gained worldwide notoriety in her own right, but long before she was just Selena she had a career as part of the Quintanilla family group Selena y Los Dinos, where her two older siblings also made pompas shake. Like the rest of us, familia was always important to Selena and she never forgot her origins and the role that her family had in her success. Speaking about the struggles she was grateful for enduring with her family, Selena said “We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table. And we’ve been doing it ever since. No regrets either.”

3. She was proud of her heritage

Singing in Spanish when you’re not fluent can be a pretty challenging act in itself if you want to break into the mainstream, and Selena was unapologetic about her efforts to do so. “I feel very proud to be Mexican,” Selena once said in an interview about her culture. “I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but . . . it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.” Many singers and actors of Latino origin change their names for a more English-sounding or a more neutral one. But not our Selena. She didn’t look for a fancy name and good on her: Selena is such a powerful, defining name that shines on any billboard.

4. She knew that not all women are straight-sized and many have curves

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, but it has long been dictated by mass media which has, in so many cases, severely distorted our perceptions of women’s bodies. Selena was proud of her curves. Eso mija, eres una fregona.  “I’m very real, very sincere, and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be,” the star once said in an interview. 

5. She had a unique style

Amidst the customary images and selling points of whitewashed media and the current political turmoils of today, it can be hard for a Latina to feel confident in her identity. Selena did so with aplomb. Her wardrobe choices were interesting and daring in equal measure, which is probably one of the reasons behind her success as a pop culture brand.  She was criticized by more conservative audiences for “revealing too much”. We say al carajo con sus juicios.  Still, the Tejano singer stayed strong her opinions about her self, saying once, “Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”

6. Because she showed that Latinas can be captains of their fate as well as the fiercest activists.

“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better,” Quintanilla once stated in an interview.  Her posthumous campaign with cosmetics giant MAC demonstrated that Latino women in particular and women of color, in general, could and should carry campaigns. She was beautiful and the world needed to see that.

7. She was active in her community “All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do”

As a minority, solidarity is key for the Latino community in the United States, particularly today. Selena embodied community values and never forgot her fellow Mexican-Americans. Certainly an example we should all follow. She grew up in Texas, where migratory patterns and backwards thinking about race make various segments of the Hispanic population feel vulnerable. Power to the people!

8. She urged children to stay en la escuela (don’t drop out, escuincles!)

“Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.” Selena knew how important education is for minorities in the United States, and that hard work and academic development are the only way for the community to strive. She constantly visited schools and urged young chamacos not to drop out. Respect.

9. Because she was an independent self-made woman “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away”

She was young but life taught her that all you have is yourself. We can’t believe she was just 23 when she died. Truly wise beyond her years.

Read: Mariah Carey Got Real About Being Biracial And Her Words Will Undoubtedly Have Afro-Latinas Feeling So Seen

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