Every fashion week, beauty and style-obsessed celebrities, influencers, and editors get seriously excited about the collections debuted by the world's most influential designers — and with good reason. The catwalk is about more than just clothing on models. It's an art form, an expression of personal aesthetic, and even a reflection of what's happening in the world around us.
While the clothing deserves much hype and accolades, it's important to note that designers put painstaking amounts of care and energy into the entire look. That includes shoes, accessories, hair, makeup, and, yes, even nails. Today we're breaking down four statement manicures that can be recreated by anyone and worn right away (unlike the clothing, which we'll have to wait a few months for).
Colorful Tweed at Christian Siriano
This season, Christian Siriano wanted to embody dreamy, psychedelic hallucinations in clothing form. Backstage, his inspiration board depicted images of whimsical greenhouses with beautiful lines, electric-hued flowers, and hazy sunsets. The nails, created by KISS Products, Inc., played perfectly into his vision.
To recreate this look, start with a white base and then use a striping brush to paint black horizontal and vertical lines. Next, using short strokes, overlap vertical and horizontal lines in purple (Touch of Lilac), yellow (Lemonade), hot pink (Hot Mama), pink (Pretty Woman), and electric green (Lime Green With Envy). Finish with a top coat.
Cat Eyes at Rebecca Minkoff
Anita Pallenberg — a Rolling Stones muse who lived in luxurious furs, velvets, and corduroy — inspired Rebecca Minkoff's spring/summer 2018 collection. To continue with that fierce yet refined aesthetic, Essie nail artists painted cat eyes on every single finger. Consider it a clever take on the '60s cat eye.
For this style, paint your nails with a metallic purple (Dressed to the Nineties) and let the polish dry. Next, create two curved lines coming to a severe point at the top using a darker purple (Girly Grunge). Finish with a top coat.
Silver French Tips at Sachin + Babi
Photo courtesy of Dermelect
It was the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul — and its narrow corridors flooded with rich colors and textures — that inspired Sachin + Babi's collection this season. The pieces featured lots of sequins, specifically, and so the nails followed suit.
Dermelect nail artists began by painting the entire nail with Sophisticate, a cool, cashmere taupe. Next, they applied silver leaf to the tips of each nail to mimic the appearance of glittering sequins. You can do the same, or use a silver nail polish.
Copper Roses and Michael Costello
From the delicate, pink rose walls to the sheer, layered organza dresses, Michael Costello's SS18 presentation was straight out of a dreamy garden wonderland. Models actually wore one of four manicures depending on the clothing they were wearing, and this rose design was painted on the nails of models showcasing bridal wear.
To get this look, Essie artists painted two coats of a creamy pale beige (Topless & Barefoot) on each nail. Once dry, they used a thin brush and copper polish (Penny Talk) to draw on squiggly, curved lines that looked like flower petals.