In an era of red, pink, beige, and green flags, conversations surrounding one’s personal energy are more relevant than ever before. Although ‘good vibes only!’ is just a phrase to some, for others, it’s an entire life mantra based on the energy they radiate. Here lies the genius of an ‘aura’Magical debut
Many people have aligned the colors of their auras to match their clothes. But, this summer is about putting them into your hands. Meet aura nails, the manicure trend that is increasingly gripping and dipping Instagram’s Explore and TikTok’s For You Pages into airbrushed colours that resonate with one’s soul.
But before we dive deeper into the trend, let’s breeze through some of the basic concepts when it comes to analysing one’s personal aura.
What does an aura look like? What is an aura?
Often used interchangeably with ‘vibes’Aura is electromagnetic radiation all living organisms radiate. It’s Believed to be a luminous body that surrounds your physical one—with each layer, and any problems within them, engulfing your frame in a net of energy with their responding colours. Your emotions and mental patterns can influence the hues and colors.
You have many options. ‘see’ your aura. This is one of the most well-known practices. Also known as Kirlian photography, this practice is believed to capture one’s electrical emanations as an egg-shaped circle around their physical body. However, if you don’t have access to special equipment, don’t worry just yet. A second way to feel your aura is to slightly soften your eyes while you look in the mirror.
Even though this may take some time, experts say that it is possible to see your energetic energy with your peripherals. Simply put, if you focus on your aura too much in the mirror, chances are that you won’t be able to see it. Colours and light might slowly appear if your eyes are turned away.
I don’t know what the meaning of “the color” in my aura is.
Let’s say you’ve successfully managed to capture your aura and you’ve just witnessed a bunch of colours magically pop up around you. Now what? Each layer in your aura has a unique colour. Some people believe the interaction of these colors can show how complex or simple you are emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
For example, some layers may appear brighter if you’re more vibrant or emit greater energy, while others may be dull if you’re mentally stressed or physically ill. It’s worth noting that your aura is also bound to change over time, so the colours you see today may not always be the same.
That being said, here’s a mini guide on various aura hues and what they mean:
What do aura nails look like?
Now let’s enter the gorgeously-faded arena in question. Aura nails are a trend in manicures that vibrate with energy fields. Just like no two auras are the same, each aura manicure is customised to the wearer—majorly featuring a gradient look with most of the colour typically deposited in the centre of each nail.
“The first time I saw them was about a year ago,” TJNail artist and founder Bicolor—a studio based in Beverly Hills. “I don’t remember the exact post, but I remember not knowing what it was.” At the time, TJ was amazed by the style but didn’t know how to nail the same until the summer of 2022—when he got his own airbrush gun and became obsessed with the tool. “The first set I did was an airbrushed white on a dark blue background on myself, and I loved it!”He was satisfied.
For more information, see Kirsten ChanelCalifornia-based artist,. Kirsten Channel – NailsBetween February 2022, and March 2022 was her initiation in the new trend. “An aura manicure can be achieved through the use of blooming gel or the airbrush tool,”The style was heavily influenced by airbrushing techniques, which she explained to me.
TJ agreed with the belief and stated that aura manicures had been revolutionized by the tool. “In order to achieve the look, you use a handheld airbrush machine and airbrush gel, and then a regular gel top coat,”He spoke.
SCREENSHOT has reached Antajah, a licensed nail artist based in San Diego, they claimed that aura manicure is now the biggest trend of the year, similar to 2021’s obsession with blooming gel nail sets.
“You start off with a gel colour for your base and cure it with a UV lamp for 60 seconds,”Antajah addressed questions concerning the creation of the style. “To create the ‘aura’ part, you will need an airbrush machine—they can be found on Amazon if you’re looking for budget-friendly [options]. Insert the second colour of their liking, and only airbrush the centre of the nail so you can still see the base colour you started off with.”
An artist shared their personal experience as a tip. “If you add in a third colour [that is] similar or brighter to the second [one], it’ll give more depth and life into your set.”
Celebrities like Megan FoxYou can continue to follow the trend by wearing powdery-purple bases and using orange gradients. This makes one wonder if it is worth insisting on aura readings prior to going to the nail technician.
Well, the best part about aura nails is that they don’t have to be Accurate. “Clients will bring in reference pictures from other inspired sets or they just come with colours that appeal to them,”Antajah accepted. “Sometimes, they let me decide the colours for them—they just want the creations to pop!” So don’t stress yourself out if you can’t capture and analyse your own aura. You can simply refer to an aura colour chart, pick the hues and shades that represent how you feel—or how you want to feel—and don’t be afraid to experiment with bold colours.
How to get there: The complicated way ahead
Aura nails look amazing with their airbrushed, natural appearance. They can be used as a base for more elaborate manicures. “Some decals and designs I think will look good with aura nails would be pearls, metal studs, gold crosses or maybe chrome accents,”Chanel stated.
TJ suggests stencils. “If you have a good stencil set, the options are endless,”His explanation was that the aura manicure trend, which was very popular during the early aughts, is making a comeback. “They work with anything: rhinestones, hand-painted nail art or whatever you want!”
French with polka dots and a matte finishing Duck tipsSky-inspired manis can be added to the bottomless mix. Aura placement can be altered. Mixing cool and warm colors can create mixed auras. You can really make your creations stand out by using this technique.
Final question: I wanted to know what the aura nails would be called by the experts. Chanel chose Chanel. ‘ombré orbs’TJ explained how he would respond to them. ‘bicolor’—a fitting reference to his own studio.
Antajah’s statement regarding Antajah was: “I wouldn’t change the name of this set at all, I think it’s perfect for this specific design just because people seek aura colours to see what kind of person they are from within. So them picking what colour of aura nails they want says a little something about them too—I love that concept!”
At the end of the day, remember that aura nails are all about embracing your uninhibited energy and channelling immaculate vibes while you’re at it.