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This summer, it's all about the nails

By Bianca Montes
June 25, 2014 at 1:25 a.m.

After watching youtube videos, Audrey Fonseca, 26, of Port Lavaca taught herself how to do her nails in fancy patterns and designs. Nail art has grown more popular since the start of Pinterest.

When it comes to nail polish, the options are limitless, and lately, they go way beyond the simple one-color polish.

Say goodbye to the days of the simplistic square- or round-shaped acrylic nails, and wave a big ol' howdy to shapes such as coffin and stiletto. And the options don't stop there - from glow-in-the-dark colors to a different design on every fingernail, art has truly stepped it up a notch.

I tend to be old school when it comes to my nails and relish in the simplicity of a nude color and maybe a splash of glitter. But if I really want to be honest, I just don't have the chutzpah to glue 3-D Disney charms on my index fingernails or dare to channel my soul twin, Iggy Azalea, with a set of those uber pointy stiletto acrylic nails - I'm just not that cool.

But I am curious.

So, I reached out to a couple enthusiasts and asked them "how they does that?"

Simple, Clean

Audrey Fonseca said she likes a simple nail with a bit of flair. Her signature: Tiffany blue nails with a cheetah print. Fonseca, who is currently studying to become a licensed vocational nurse, said painting her nails is a therapeutic treat. "It's actually calming for me," the 26-year-old from Port Lavaca said. "When I'm painting my nails, I don't think about what's bothering me or if I'm upset."

Something Different

Ariana Claussell said she's always looking for something different when it comes to getting her nails done. When she's not co-hosting a morning show with Joe Friar, the 23-year-old from Victoria said she's burning away hours on Pinterest looking for the next design to post with her signature #ManiMonday hashtag.

Designing Diva

Brooke Canchola owns more than 200 shades of nail polish and with a steady hand practices and perfects just about any look she finds with the help of YouTube tutorials. "Whatever they do, I mimic it, and then I try to make it my own," the 26-year-old from Victoria said. Canchola has been designing her own natural nails for about two years and is infatuated with drawing letters and words.

Themed Out

When it comes to nails in Victoria, it doesn't get any more OG than Kat Gentry. Gentry has been doing nails for almost 18 years and is all about a lasting impact. From poker themes to 10 fingers of different designs, Gentry is ready for the challenge. "For so many years, I did the same thing," she said about simple acrylic sets. "But designs are limitless."



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