Ready to talk nails? This season, we saw quite a bit more of the “natural nail” look, which means find shade of pink and beige that will work perfectly with your skin tone. We also saw some fabulous dark shades of deep red, geometric nail art, rich metallic hues, a new twist on a French, and of course, some really blinged out nail looks. Read on for FPD’s top nail looks and the products used so that you can try this at home!
At Kate Spade, Deborah Lippmann created an “uptown girl” nail that was more of an extension of the skin, playing to the natural trend with a long almond shape, and using two coats of “Naked,” an ultra sheer beige, followed by one coat of Gel Lab Top Coat to add some gel manicure-like shine.
Julie Kandalec for essie went for a matte, ever so slightly mauve nail to let the clothes do the talking on the runway at Hervé Leger this season, using one coat of “lady like,” one coat of “good to go top coat,” and finished off with “matte about you top coat.” Matte top coats add such a versatility to your existing lineup of polishes, making an easy finish change a breeze!
Julie Kandalec for essie complimented all of the gold richness found in Naeem Khan‘s fall collection with a layering two great gold shades, “good as gold” and “shifting power,” finishing with a bit of sheen by using the “good to go top coat.”
Honey for Mabelline also went for the gold; she brushed on two coats of Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer The Holographics in Bold Gold at Mara Hoffman with no top coat for a raw, shimmery effect. The nails perfectly complimented the bold, gold modern jewelry and gypsy-inspired collection.
Diane von Furstenberg’s fall 2014 nail went along with a prima ballerina theme, using two different colors, depending on the skin tone. Softening everything up first with some apricot cuticle oil and hand cream, Michelle Saunders for essie applied first base base coat, followed by either “sugar daddy” or “mademoiselle,” and finished off with the “good to go top coat.”
The award for most intricate nails goes to Butter London‘s at Libertine by Katie Jane Hughes, who started with the brand’s purple, black and sparkly The Black Knight on the tips, followed by the silvery Diamond Geezer nail lacquer on the tip, next applying even MORE glittery metallic shades of Stardust and the new Anorak shade all over, finishing off the nail by dipping the tips into holographic diamond-shaped glitter.
Backstage at Rebecca Minkoff, Michelle Saunders created one of my favorite, and most do-able looks of the season — a new twist on the French manicure by using the “First Base base coat,” followed by two coats of “Bahama Mama” as the base, use the “Midnight Cami” to create the arc of the tip, wait for it to try, and finish off with “Good to Go top coat.”
At Reed Krakoff, Michelle Saunders for essie went with an ultra-clean, buff nude nail for the fingers with the ever-popular “mademoiselle“, making it extremely natural with the “matte about you top coat,” while the toes went vampy with two coats of “carry on”
Custom colors are always intriguing, and Morgan Taylor nail lead Gina Edwards created “Clover Green” for Clover Canyon, a gorgeous mix of “Later Alligator,” “Supreme in Green.” and “Little Black Dress” that had a vibrant, jade-like quality to it, perfectly suited for a variety of skin tones.