Sometimes pure white or classic red nails just won’t cut it. So when you’re looking to take things up a notch, you might consider some of the looks from recent runway shows: They’re edgy, eccentric and totally eye-catching. Ready to rock a daring mani? Here are three ideas inspired by this season’s hottest couture collections:
Zip it up
Your favorite wool parka won’t be the only thing you’re zipping this season. According to Allure magazine, nail artist Jin Soon Choi achieved this look on models at Prabal Gurung by painting on a matte gold polish and then applying two strips of rich olive green so that a V-shape sliver of gold peered out in the middle. This not only makes it appear as though radiant light is reflecting off the tips, but also makes nails look longer. Choi noted that the skinner the V of green, the greater the lengthening effect. Any colors will work for this design, but it has the most illuminating impact with a metallic base coat. Try silver with a rich eggplant V-shape overlay, or even a pale bronze burgundy.
Instead of donning a flashy pair of earrings, why not paint some bling on your fingernails? Libertine utilized leftover sequins and gems from their fashion design studios to add a glitzy appeal to models’ manicures, and the process was time-consuming. Allure magazine explained that to get the look, the beauty team started with a gold lacquer for the base, then used toothpicks to apply drops of nail glue to adhere clusters of tiny multicolored jewels. To give the illusion that models had been digging their hands into a treasure chest, they applied the gems from the cuticle to halfway down the nail. You could also use miniscule pearls for an elegant take on this look.
Over the moon
If there’s one major nail trend that was all over the New York Fashion Week runways, it was the half-moon. From Lela Rose to Desigual, this design was everywhere – and according to InStyle magazine, it has been around since the 1930s. If you’re going for a subtle look, follow Jenni Kayne’s lead with a nude and white color scheme. Or, you can go bold like Peter Som with a blue and green combo. Essentially, this modern spin on the French manicure requires you to apply the second shade in a rounded shape over the base lacquer. It’s important to let the first color dry before you paint on the second to ensure a clean line.