Monday, 18 June 2012

Makeup Monday: Attack of the Talon Nail

Watch out ladies, the latest (and most dangerous) nail trend may be hazardous to your health. The talon nail is guaranteed to have you raising some eyebrows, as well as possibly scaring small children. Seen on every pop princess from Beyonce to Gaga, Rihanna and even Adele the talon nail is a nail trend for only the most adventurous (due to the high likelihood of poking one's eye out, accidental facial lacerations or poking somebody else's eye out).

So what exactly is a talon nail? It's basically a fake plastic nail that is super elongated and then filed into a terrifying lovely pointed tip, then usually coated in a gel or acrylic topcoat. You can buy fake nails already in the talon shape, or you can file a regular set in yourself. It is definitely not recommended to file your natural nails to such a tapered tip as this shape is super fragile and usually results in sad, broken nails. The colour of choice for the talon nail is a nude/beige hue (check out Chanel's Le Vernis Nail Polish in Beige) or a dark red or black (again, Chanel's Le Vernis Nail Polish in Rouge Noir fits the bill!) Or you can play around with some nail art, like Riri who went for an uber-cool natural base with a black talon tip for her Esquire shoot...

While some pop stars are going for the regular talon nail, a la Fergie below, some are taking it a tad too far on occasion... (and no, it's not Gaga!)

Rihanna sported super duper scary claws at this year's Met Gala, which reportedly took her manicurist over two hours to create.

While the shape is pretty awesome looking- in a goth, Morticia Addams sort of way- it is definitely not the easiest nail to live with! A nail like this requires constant upkeep due to the fragile nature of the nail tip and unless you have a personal manicurist on call 24/7 (like those lucky celebs) you might want to go for a toned-down version of the look.

Beyonce and Dita Von Teese sport a more natural (and wearable) talon nail, with a gently pointed oval shape instead of a pointed claw. Definitely more manageable for those of us who like to go about our daily activities without the imminent risk of a trip to the emergency room.

What about you? Gotta have the talon nail, or are you for the more natural look?

Have a beautiful week!



  1. I think they are pretty scary looking to me... it looks like a cat fight just might break out at any moment with all those talon nails around! Only short boring managable nails for me.. no time for fancy nails :)

  2. Ya.... No thanks. I mean, they're probably great in a cat fight but, seriously, how often that happen. Ha- I just noticed lamina's comment. :)

  3. Haha I totally didn't think of that! Definite cat fight material, or perhaps a good self defence weapon for when walking home late at night? :)
    xoxo Lauren

  4. in real life, only hawks have those kind of nails (looks like they could snatch a child at any given moment!) am more of the natural look too :)


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