International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8 this year, celebrates and recognizes the lives and achievements of women everywhere. Observe the holiday in the salon by encouraging your clients to opt for nail art that honors the influence of women in their lives.
From commemorating heroes to subtly make a statement, there are endless ways to celebrate this important holiday with nail art. Here are a few.
Shout It Out!
For clients who want to make a statement (literally), use nail art to speak what’s on their minds. Words and phrases like “feminist,” “be strong” and “fearless” all signify women’s strength and the empowerment of recent and historical social movements. One of these words can be an inspiring mantra to your clients every time they glimpse their manicured nails. Finish these typographic looks with a matte topcoat to make the lettering pop.
Make It Iconic
Painting iconic characters like Wonder Woman, Hermione Granger or Princess Leia can be a fun way to reference pop culture while celebrating women. Ask your clients about their favorite heroines from literature, movies and television, and use their answers to personalize a set that’ll make them feel heroic.
Women come in all shapes, sizes, bodies and colors — there’s no one right way to be a woman. Use nail art to promote inclusivity by embracing your client’s unique experiences. Whether it’s her cultural identity, sexuality or style, personalized nail art can be a great way to help clients celebrate the holiday in their own way. Use acrylics or a gel polish to hand-paint designs that spotlight your client’s individuality.
To transport art from the canvas to the hand, design a set inspired by a famous woman artist! From Frida Kahlo to Georgia O’Keeffe to Yayoi Kusama, there are plenty of women and artistic styles from which to draw inspiration. Paint iconic elements from the art (like O’Keeffe’s famous modernist flowers or Kusama’s vibrant contemporary dots) onto the nail to capture the spirit of the artist. Your client will get to carry her favorite artist around with her all day.
Be a Boss
We would be remiss, of course, if we didn’t include nails inspired by the countless iconic women who have changed the world. Trailblazers like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou have sent major ripples through society, transforming it for the women who have followed them. Celebrate their contributions by memorializing them in nail art featuring portraits or symbols of these heroes. The best part is that your clients can use their nails to educate those around them.
Women’s contributions to history, art and culture are countless and immeasurable. Of course, we celebrate women every day of the year, but International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to highlight the groundbreaking people who have affected the lives of both you and your clients.