Lately I’ve been hearing about nail art will be dead soon. Well, I disagree. It may be a teenage trend that twenty-something people adapted but seeing it A LOT in the runway shows especially this recent fashion month, I think it ain’t going anywhere yet. Perfect nail art designs lies somewhere between over-the-top nail art and those a little-too-nice nude nails like this round up from New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2014 RTW shows. Whether a highlighted half-moon, a gilded tip, or a bit of added sparkle, these manis are unique yet wearable, eye-catching without being gauche.
1. ICB x Prabal Gurung: Tweed is anything but preppy when it comes in manicure form. The ICB x Prabal Gurung show created by Butter London global colour ambassador Katie Jane Hughes was the embodiment of the hip, downtown girl with nails to match. To get the tweed effect, apply Butter London Nail Foundation as a base, followed by their nail lacquer in Union Jack Black. Use a thin striping brush and layer various shades (Billy No Mates, Stag Do, Blagger, British Racing Green, and Pearly Queen) onto the nail both vertically and horizontally. Finish the look with a top coat.
2. Alexandre Herchcovitch: Okay, the gold eyebrows here are amazing but it’s not something you can flaunt on a regular day unlike those nude nails with an edgy twist -like a pop of cherry. Zoya creative director Rebecca Isa created this look by starting with a luminescent base of Zoya Cho or Chantal topped with a semi-sheer Zoya Jane or Tasha. She finished it off with a swipe of Sasha in a straight moon.
3. Libertine: A collection full of embellished coats and luxe furs needs a seriously blinged-out nail art to perfectly complement them. But even covered in sparkles, the black nails had an edge that made bedazzling seem downright bad ass. To get this design, first apply Butter London Nail Lacquer in The Black Knight to the tips of your nails. Then apply Diamond Geezer at the base to meet up with the black at the tips. Use an overcoat like Butter London in Stardust over the entire nail. While the nails were still wet, apply a holographic, diamond-shaped glitter to the tip of the nails.
4. Creatures of the Wind: Butter London’s Hughes used a technique called water marbling to create this innovative nail design—with no two nails alike. Though we may not be able to replicate the exact look (it was done the night before the show by dipping press-on nails into water mixed with drops of polish), we can take inspiration from the gorgeous color scheme. Try Butter London Backstage Manicure Basics Kit and Goss.
5. Charlotte Ronson: For a collection full of leather and moody hues, Kiss Products lead manicurist Gina Edwards applied a black scalloped tip (by creating a half circle starting at the middle of the nail) to a deep red manicure.
6. Tadashi Shoji: With a golden manicure so delicate and lovely, you can skip wearing jewelry if you please. Simply apply Butter London Nail Foundation on the whole nail followed by their nail lacquer in Marbs on the half-moon and tip. Finish with a top coat.
7. Zimmermann: To complement the show’s structural pieces and ’90s girl vibe, Zoya manicurist Sunshine Outing chose an oxblood polish accented by a sharp chevron nude moon. To get the look start with a base of Zoya Get Even and top with angular swipes of Zoya Sam.
8. Nicole Miller: A collection inspired by strong women warriors, of course, needed a fierce manicure to match, so Hughes created a flame-like black and red look with contrasting shiny and matte finishes. To get the look apply Butter London Nail Foundation followed by their nail lacquer in Union Jack Black, and their Matte Finish Topcoat. Using a thin striping brush, apply Knees Up starting at the cuticle and create a feather-like design along the nail.
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(Photo Source: Elle)