The perfect manicure lies somewhere between over-the-top nail art and those a little-too-nice nude nails I kept seeing backstage at New York Fashion Week. 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.
ICB x Prabal Gurung
Tweed is anything but preppy when it comes in manicure form. The ICB x Prabal Gurung show was the embodiment of the hip, downtown girl with nails to match.
To get the tweed effect created by Butter London global colour ambassador Katie Jane Hughes, 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.
A nude nail needs an edgy twist—like a pop of cherry red—if it’s going to accompany gilded eyebrows, no? 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.
A seriously blinged-out manicure perfectly complemented a collection full of embellished coats and luxe furs. But even covered in sparkles, the black talon nails had an edge that made bedazzling seem downright badass.
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 a black, white, and silver chunky glitter overcoat (Hughes used Butter London in Stardust, which is available in March 2014) over the entire nail. While the nails were still wet, apply a holographic, diamond-shaped glitter to the tip of the nails.
Creatures of the Wind
As a finishing touch to a line inspired by agate stones, 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.
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.
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.
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.
A collection inspired by strong women warriors 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.
Courtesy: Megan Cahn