The gems of Vancouver’s nail art scene

Nail art is booming in Vancouver, and a number of salons are amping up their menus. There is a whole culture and code for nail art nowadays, such as diamonds (embedded crystals), hand-drawn nail painting, 2D embellishments and 3D hand-sculptured flowers and ribbons. Here are the glittering gems of Vancouver’s nail art scene.  [Image credit:]

Kaen Beauty Design Studio

846 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1W2

Japan is the epicenter of the global nail art movement. The Japanese-trained owner and head nail technician of Kaen creates award-winning nail art that has been featured in international magazines. Some of his pieces are literally miniature sculptures at the end of your fingertips. For nails that wow, hit up Kaen for sure.

Brio Beauty Bar

3598 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC V5V 4C6

Nail art is just as much about pampering yourself as it is about self-expression. With modern yet plush contemporary décor, Charm has created a comfortable and relaxing environment for you to get pampered in. In addition to top-notch nail art, they offer shellac services, artificial nails and full body waxing.

Glamstar Beauty & Nails Ltd

102-1833 Anderson St, Vancouver, BC V6H 4E5

For your nail art to shine, you want to be sure that your hands and feet are in tip-top shape. Glamstar’s luxury treatments include a hydrating masque and exfoliating scrub to prepare your “canvas.” Once the foundation is ready, they apply a brand of lacquer that is mindful, vegan friendly and formaldehyde free.

Minoko Nail Studio

4558 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V5H 2B1

Anything is possible at this Burnaby nail salon. Minoko specializes in Japanese 3D nail art, and they stay in sync with the latest nail products and nail art trends from Europe and Asia. There are plenty of options to choose from and exciting types of nail art, including the trending Minx Nails.

Glam Nail Studio

1020-8766 McKim Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4G4

Have a vision for a rhinestone Hello Kitty on each of your fingernails? How about 3D lightning bolts or tiny butterflies? Glam Nail Studio is the place to go for all things nail art. Specializing in ornamental Japanese nail art, the talented staff have the skills to bring your nail design dreams to life.

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