Fur pom pom hats and blanket scarves aside, a statement manicure is THE accessory of the season. NYFW did beauty in a big way this year – starting with the hands. From Jeremy Scott’s glitter-coated cuticles to royal blue nuevo french a la Christian Louboutin, Fashion Week reminded us that nail art isn’t just for our former pre-teen selves. Bold nail art is one way of bringing a little life to your fall/winter wardrobe. In a season dominated by dark hues, jewel tones, and limited color, there is little chance to take a risk. An avant garde manicure is just what you need to boast your personality.
From some of the internet’s most trend-setting manicurists, these 6 nail art looks will inspire your next mani/pedi. Channel your inner 80’s aesthetic and make your teenage self proud!
If you’ve been donning the same rounded ballet pink nails for the last 6 years, start here. The Party Nail has been around for a while, but the beauty brains behind fashion week revived the coveted classic. Instead of keeping it safe with a subtle shimmer on your ring finger, opt for something a little bolder. Whether it be Self Portrait’s shooting star nail paired with nude or an inverted scribble nail – take a walk on the wild side.
Christian Siriano’s Tweed Mani has sparked some major inspiration in the nail art world. What looks like a mix between an abstract painting and your favorite tweed blazer, this mani is THE it manicure of the season. While Siriano’s manicurist, Gina Edwards, used 6 vibrant colors to create this spring-inspired design, you can make it your own with any shades you want.
So dousing your cuticles in glitter might not be the most work-appropriate look, but it sure does make your hands look fabulous! Jeremy Scott’s glitter-coated cuticles graced us with their presence on the runway this year and everyone is pumped about it. If you want something a little less messy, try this glitter outline nail.
The French Manicure is so early 2000’s. But the Nuevo French, on the other hand, is hot (insert fire emoji here!). A fresh take on the classic, this new-age French comes in a variety of styles. Whether it’s white tips with a black half-moon traced along the cuticle or Sachin & Babi’s metallic French with chrome tips, this mani is ooh la la. Oh and don’t forget Louboutin’s royal blue petal tip French!
Patent Leather Talons
Sometimes less is so much more. Nail artist for Linder NYC’s Spring 2018 show, Tracylee, used pointy acrylics with black lacquer to create the patent leather mani. Despite being only one color, this manicure is giving us all the Cat Woman feels. This minimal design is FIERCE AF. I also love this look with a fire engine red – now that’s haute.
Adding gemstones to our nails is bringing back memories of rebellious teenage years when our mom’s told us it was tacky. Well Mom, look at us now. Nail jewels give a 3D effect to a normally 2D manicure. Whether it’s Phillip Plein’s oversized gems + black lacquer, Naeem Kahn’s chrome nails with intricate jewel accents, or the single star-shaped gemstone the model’s adorned in Tadashi Shoji – embrace the sparkle, babes.