Where to get the best nail art in and around Denver
Our bodies can be used as canvas for art, and our fingernails are no exception. But finding the right nail technician to bring your artistic vision to life can sometimes seem like a daunting task.
Fortunately, the Front Range is full of talented nail artists creating eye-catching designs just like the ones that fill your Instagram feed. So whether you love your long, diamond-plated claws or are looking for someone who can still dress up your “shorties” (fingernails speak for short fingernails, and there’s no shame) look no further. away than these gurus.
After her custom and dreamy press sets took to Instagram in 2019 (these then came to the rescue of countless Colorado nail addicts when the pandemic forced salons to close), the keen eye for detail Owens has since helped her carve a space as a benchmark for intricate and realistic designs, some of which can take her up to nine hours to create. She enjoys painting playful pop culture references, but can also pair them with simpler, if not underrated techniques like stamping, as well as a ‘peek-a-boo’ pattern set under Gel nails. -X longer (a soft gel extension) for an unexpected pop.
Offers: Gel manicures (from $ 40), Gel-X sets (from $ 70), Press-on nails (prices vary; on request)
Make an appointment: New clients can message Owens on Instagram asking to be added to his waitlist for an appointment. 9745 E. Hampden Ave .; Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Essentially the matriarch of Mile High City’s modern nail scene, Beauty Collective Founder and Owner Rachael Wagoner has been teaching and mentoring nail professionals statewide for over a decade. So you can be sure that each of the eight techs in their Lakewood headquarters – a galactic-patterned purple cottage, of course – have learned from the best. If you like classic, sculpted acrylic nails (the longer the better!) Find elsewhere. If that’s not your thing, each staff member specializes in their own materials and art styles, so bouncing between the Collective’s various technicians to achieve your dream design is not avoided – in fact, Wagoner encourages him.
Offers: Gel manicures, Gel-X sets and sculpted acrylic sets (prices vary per technician. Find more information on individual prices online)
Make an appointment: Browse the schedules and offers for each of the Beauty Collective’s eight staff at beautycollectivestudio.com. 1350 Carr Street, Lakewood; hours vary, see individual technicians for available dates and times
The distinctive style of witchcraft and fantasy produced by Rachael Bowen and her team make this RiNo salon one of the most coveted places in town to get your claws. Bowen and his team of four technicians take an all-natural approach, which means you won’t find acrylic or monomeric liquids here. Rather, they make it with a soft gel which is gentler on your nails. So whether you get a stylish set of shorts or come for those rounded and recognizable stiletto nails, your natural talons can get longer and stronger over time. Salon newbie Britt also offers a medium gel pedicure with equally thoughtful art, because your toes deserve to look fresh too. Keep an eye out for when the team goes mobile in Spring 2022 with their vintage trailer transformed into a full-service manicurist.
Offers: Gel polish manicure (from $ 65), Gel-X set (from $ 80), pedicures (from $ 75)
Make an appointment: Visit acronychous.com to learn how to book individual technicians and services. 2830, rue Larimer; Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This Whittier outpost is your one-stop-shop, with everything from dip manicures to full-service pedicures. Confused about which of the 13 talented nail technicians to use for your hand painted masterpiece? Just text the salon office phone at (303-386-3037) with the nail design you had in mind, and they’ll help you partner with the best-suited tech from there. All you have to worry about is sit back, sip a peach mimosa ($ 5) from the hotel’s wine bar, and relish the chat on the store while you’re treated to a set of gel. classic sculpted sculpture by resident expert Chuemee or camp-y, Acrylics covered with Swarovski crystals by owner Melly Nguyen.
Offers: Gel manicure (from $ 40), gel polish pedicure (from $ 50), Gel-X set (from $ 60), sculpted acrylic set (from $ 70), sculpted gel set ($ 80 )
Make an appointment: Call 303-386-3037 or visit mainstreamnails.com for more information and to book individual services. 1705 E. 31st avenue; Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 9 am-6pm