Sometimes, a great manicure simply isn’t enough. Why settle for awesome nails when you can have that and stylish cuticles, right? I’m going to have to assume that was the line of thinking when cuticle tattoos were first created. They’re pretty much exactly what they sound like — little pieces of below-the-nail art that are reminiscent of those press-on tattoos you loved in your ’90s youth.
From what I can tell, Rad Nails was the first brand to bring cuticle tattoos to the party, and Ciaté came along shortly afterward with their own rendition. I have to admit, I like Ciaté’s twee style a bit better (I’m a sucker for bows), but I think Rad Nails’ designs would look less bizarre on an actual hand.
I feel like these tattoos are one of those trends that are awesome in theory and will appear really polished, but only on about 10 percent of the people who attempt them. Basically, it will probably have the same effect as seeing someone on a street style blog wearing neon pink parachute pants “ironically” and looking fantastic in them, only to try it yourself and look like a mismatched mess and launch into a shame spiral about how something must be wrong with you because you can’t “do” trends. Or something like that.
What really rubs me the wrong way is this part of Ciaté’s product description:
“Cuticle tattoos serve a double purpose, adding an extra bit of flair to a manicure while also disguising the often dry and unsightly skin that covers the base of each fingernail.”
Oh good, something else women are supposed to be self-conscious about, in case we ever get over sideboobs and thigh gaps. Attempting to force women to scramble to cover up another “unsightly” part of themselves is not exactly the most positive way to launch a new product. Are we seriously supposed to be humiliated by a miniscule patch of skin on our nails? Really? People are kidding themselves if they think widespread cuticle hate is going to catch on. At least, I’d hope.
Either way, I’m going to go ahead and bet that cuticle tattoos will be pulled off fabulously by a select few and inspire a thousand others to try it and walk around looking like they have amorphous blobs on their fingers – but I have hope! Maybe they’ll actually just look great on everyone! I’m generally a person who tricked-out nails look weird on – I’m better sticking with just a solid color. I am, however, trying out a Julep treatment right now that restores unhealthy nails and cuticles. Maybe one of these days I’ll give the tattoos a shot on my newly-refreshed cuticles and count how many people think I just drew on my nails with a pen. For, ahem, research. Have any of you tried them out? What did you think of them?