To play off the soft and feminine looks at Erin Fetherston, Miss Pop for Kiss Products hand-painted delicate, barely-there white flower petals on a pale pink base.
To get the look, begin by painting nails with Kiss Gel Strong Polish in So Hot. Pour Kiss Nail Artist Paint in white into a small petri dish or piece of foil and fill a shot glass with nail polish remover. Using the thin paint brush from the Kiss Salon Secrets Nail Art Tool Kit, dip the brush into the nail polish remover and mix with the white nail paint, then lightly paint flower petals onto the nail.
Create various flower sizes and alternate the design from finger to finger; paint two flowers onto some nails and others with large flowers extending out from the left side of the cuticle. Allow polish to dry, then apply a top coat onto the center of the flower. Using the Kiss Salon Secrets Luxe Accents Kit, pick up three pearls with the silicone stick then place in a triangular shape in the center of the flower.
Jin Soon Choi played off of Tibi’s collection of muted pastels that gave off a light and minimalist vibe.
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To create the simple look, apply a coat of Jin Soon Nail Polish in Tulle (a sheer milky shade). Use a striping brush to draw two parallel lines in the center of each nail tip, using the nail color of your choice. (Here, Jin Soon used a green shade from her Spring 2016 Collection). Draw two diagonal lines from each line out to the edge of the nail and fill in. The goal is to make the two parallel shapes to look as symmetrical as possible.
To play off the intricate stitching details found in Zac Posen’s Brooks Brothers collection, Glamsquad for Essie created this cool plaid nail design. Start by applying a base coat to clean, filed nails. Next apply two coats of Essie Nail Polish in Fifth Avenue. Using a striping brush, create two thin, vertical lines with a Pret-A-Surfer on the left side of the nail. Next take the striping brush and create two thin horizontal lines with Pret-A-Surfer near the edge of the nail. Finish the look by applying Essie Good to Go Top Coat and two drops of Essie Quick-E-Quick Drying Drops on each nail.
Ombre nails were hot on the runway this season. At Rebecca Minkoff, Essie Global Color Designer Michelle Saunders concocted this dreamy nail art idea after the chunky lucite heels in the designer’s spring footwear collection.
To steal the look, start by applying a base coat to clean filed nails. Next trim a makeup sponge in half and use the side that’s narrower to create the ombre sunset. From the top to bottom, layer the sponge in thin, horizontal lines with Essie Nail Polish Tarte Deco, Marshmallow, Beach Bum Blu and Midnight Cami. Sponge the pattern on each finger, making sure Tarte Deco is always at the base. Reapply colors to the sponge after every other nail. Apply one coat of Spaghetti Strap over each nail to “soften the sunset.” Finish with Essie Gel Setter Top Coat.
Playing off the ivory and texture in the Carmen Marc Valvo collection, Gina Edwards for Kiss Products gave dimension to her nail art by incorporating opalescent glitter for a crushed eggshell effect.
To get the look start by using Kiss 100 Full Cover Nails in Active Oval and apply one coat of Kiss Everlasting Color Gel Polish. When polish is still wet, sprinkle opalescent glitter from the Kiss Salon Secret Nail Art Starter Kit from the middle of the nail to the tip. Use a silicone or wooden stick to move the glitter into desired position. Apply a second coat of polish and let dry, finishing with Kiss Everlasting Gel Polish Top Coat.
“I created this bold nail look to play off of the street art inspired clothing in the collection,” Butter London’s lead manicurist Katie Jane Hughes said on her nail designs for Nicole Miller. “Black nails and edgy details are going to be a trend for spring.”
To create the look, start with two coats of Butter London Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds. Next, dip a bobby pin in Union Jack Black polish, and position the bobby pin over the nail, blowing through the middle to create the splatter effect on each nail. With a new bobby pin, repeat the process with Easy Peasy nail lacquer on various nails on both hands. To secure the look and get a high-shine finish, apply one coat of Butter London Hardwear PD Quick Topcoat.
To match all the neutral shades in Phillip Lim’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection, Sally Hansen manicurist Madeline Poole added a metallic twist to the earthy tone nail color. To achieve the look, she used two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in All Bark. Then, she applied metallic striping tape for the thin lines and metallic graphic design tape for the thicker lines. For those looking to steal the look, Poole warns not to use a topcoat because it will cause the tape to lift.
Inspired by “a juxtaposition of the scaffolding-filled city and the softness of the country,” Morgan Taylor artist Gina Edwards created a tri-tone manicure for Jonathan Simkhai. Using a base of diluted Morgan Taylor Nail Lacquer in Prim-rose and Proper from Morgan Taylor’s Spring 2016 collection, a stroke of Could Have Foiled Me was applied on each of the tips, and a bold swipe of Water Baby to the cuticle line.
Morgan Taylor’s lead artist Danielle Candido gave a modern spin to the classic French manicure for the Zero + Maria Cornejo show. Rather than clean cut and symmetrical, Taylor deconstructed the manicure using Morgan Taylor Lacquer All White Now topped with Mattes a Wrap for a paint-splatter look.
Inspired by designer Marissa Webb’s signature shoes, nail artist Miss Pop worked with Orly to create a minimal yet bold nail design.
To get the look, file nails into a ballet slipper shape (elongated oval with a squared off tip). Apply one coat of Orly Bonder Basecoat to nails. Create a crisp white canvas by applying two thin coats of Orly Nail Polish in White Tips. Wait until dry. Next, using Orly Instant Artist in Jet Black, draw a thin line upwards from base to tip, one-third of the way into the nail on the left-hand side. If you don’t have a supersteady hand, Miss Pop recommends painting thin strips of artist’s tape black with traditional lacquer (try Liquid Vinyl) and place on dry nails. Finish the look with Orly Polishield 3-in-1 Topcoat for a high-shine finish.
Naeem Khan’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection showcased ornate, bejeweled pieces. To match the collection, Essie artist Julie Kandalec of Paintbox nail studio mimicked jewels trailing down the nail by pairing a nude base coat of Essie Nail Polish (we recommend Ballet Slippers, naturally) with a sprinkle of silver glitter at the cuticle.
Inspired by Nanette Lepore’s Spring 2016 presentation that featured various evocative prints and textiles, senior nail stylist Soo Kim turned this manicure into a raw-edged and imperfect look. Aiming for a free-spirited feel, Kim created the design by applying two coats of Caption Nail Polish in Look, Don’t Touch. Then, using Heaven Help Me, Kim cleaned off the brush so that very little polish remained and swiped lightly across the nail in various directions to create faint brush strokes.