Outrageous nails made wearable
- Next1 of 13Dolce & Gabbana Resort 2012: Imaxtree
- Previous Next2 of 13Courtesy of Mars the Salon, Sally Hansen
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- Previous Next5 of 13Imaxtree; courtesy of NCLA
- Previous Next6 of 13Courtesy of Miwa Kobayashi of the Sally Hershberger, Essie
- Previous Next7 of 13Imaxtee; courtesy of Layla
- Previous Next8 of 13Courtesy of Sally Singer for Nowness, Rainbow Nail Art
- Previous Next9 of 13Imaxtree; courtesy of Topshop
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- Previous Next12 of 13Imaxtree; courtesy of Deborah Lippman
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Nailing It1 of 13
By Zoe Schaeffer
Extreme nail art is having its moment—on runways, on concert stages and in the offices of trendsetting fashion editors. Glo talked to the industry experts to discover how to achieve wearable versions of some outrageously cool looks—without breaking the bank.
Bright Idea2 of 13
The nail pros at Mars the Salon in Los Angeles have had a steady stream of requests for reverse French manicures in neon shades, a modern twist on the traditional pale-pink-and-white combo. You can get this look with Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri in shades like Lightening and Brisk Blue.
All That Glitters3 of 13
According to the techs at Mars, this crystal look can be replicated at home by using small rhinestones, which can be found in most craft stores. With straight-tip tweezers, dab stones in nail glue one by one and apply around the circumference of wet, painted nails. After the polish dries, set the look with a topcoat. If you prefer your bedazzled nails in a readymade kit, then you can opt for Mash's cool, multicolor Manicure Wheel.
Animal Attraction4 of 13
To create this stylish leopard look, another popular concept created by the nail designers at Mars, try patterned nail appliqués, an easy, inexpensive alternative to the elaborate design created by the salon. Sally Hansen stick-on printed lacquers are a quick (and noncommittal) way to wear the trend.
Picture Perfect5 of 13
Samira Asemanfar, founder of Southern California's Bellacures nail salons, says to invest in some fun nail art stickers to re-create the amazing but intricate designs as seen recently on the runway at Meadham Kirchhoff's show. "Layer them on top of your regular manicure for an extra finished look," she says. NCLA's cool nail wraps will give you a similar look.
Spicy Hot6 of 13
Miwa Kobayashi of the Sally Hershberger salon in Los Angeles created these Red Chili Nails, based on Dolce & Gabbana's produce-themed fashion show, using Acryl Gouache, a highly opaque liquid. At home, you can paint your nails white (Orly makes a great version), and then draw on red chiles with green stems (Essie's Pretty Edgy is a perfect hue). Tip: A fine-tipped paintbrush, available at art-supply stores, will come in handy when creating intricate designs.
Metal Head7 of 13
For a great metallic look similar to the one seen on Gaultier's runway models, make sure to apply at least three coats of super-shiny polish and then add a top coat, says Asemanfar. To emulate this style, try Layla Hologram Effect polish.
Floral Fingers8 of 13
Manhattan fashion editor Sally Singer's nail art creations have been covered by the LVMH style site Nowness, and her choices are some of the most fashionable around. Asemanfar shares the secret to getting this floral look: "Take a plain manicure and spice it up with textural nail stickers," she says. Rainbow Nail Art's designs are your DIY alternative.
Connect the Dots9 of 13
For perfect polka dots (as seen at the latest Kate Spade shows) a polish pen with a round tip is the way to go; just apply a black field of polish (try Essie's Licorice), let dry, and dot away. "It's foolproof!" says Asemanfar of tools such as Topshop's Nail Art Pen.
Sticker Shock10 of 13
To get the half-moon look seen at the presentation of designer Louise Gray's collection, paint your nail a solid white shade—we like Butter London's Cream Tea. Once it dries, apply hole-punch reinforcement stickers (available at office-supply stores) about a quarter-inch below each nail tip, and leave a half-moon-shaped section at the end of each nail, says Asemanfar. "Paint black polish over it, peel off the sticker and voilà."
Twinkly Talons11 of 13
At The Blonds recent fashion show, nails were decked in ombre glitter in sunset hues, while more edgy versions were black and gold. Sephora by OPI's Trend Tips in metallics allow you to get this edgy look at home.
Magnetic Attraction12 of 13
The water marble nails seen on the Tadashi Shoji runway can be duplicated with special new polishes that create a wave effect using magnetized particles, which move when exposed to the magnetic cap. Deborah Lippmann's magnetized polishes come in spectacular colors and are a great way to give the look a try.
Ask for the Moon13 of 13
Asemanfar says that replicating the metallic tips seen at the recent Behnaz Sarafpour runway shows is actually quite simple. "Buy some nail stickers in gold or silver, cut them into a half-moon shape, and stick them directly onto your nail," she says. "Just be sure to place them just over the tips and then cut them to desired length." Even easier, MAC's cool Ruffian Manicure in Demilune provides a simple, press-on way to get the look.
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