MANICURE MUSE: Valentino Resort ‘13
Minutes after the Valentino Resort ‘13 collection posted online, Valentino took over my twitter feed. Not only was the fashion twitter world abuzz about the collection, but my best friend was too. I received frantic incoming texts begging me to do a Valentino-inspired nail design because it was the “most feminine collection she had ever seen.” So Alex, this ones for you: The Resort collection is a breath-taking change from the brand’s dark black Fall collection. The designers paid homage to the haute 60s. It’s not retro, though. The is a real-world, modern age take on Hollywood glamour. Bursting in candy-colored floral lace, demure silhouettes and perfect party frocks steal the show.
To emulate this look, I used How Romantic by L’Oreal, Ladies in the Limelight from the Kardashian Kollection for Nicole by OPI, Chiffon Chic by Maybelline’s Color Show, and Bikini So Teeny by Essie.
To get these ladyfingers:
1. Start with a nude nail
2. Using a paper towel or sponge and a paper plate, dab lime green in various spots on your nail
3. Repeat with light blue
4. Repeat with light pink
5. Top it off with Seche Vite’s Fast Dry Top Coat
Dita Von Teese
MANICURE MUSE: Nanette Lepore AW’12
You may recall the Nanette nail I did inspired by the Spring ‘12 collection. Nanette Lepore makes it easy to translate her youthful looks into nail art, because the colors are always so bright and rich. This season was no different with vibrant hues of tomato, pumpkins, cobalts, chartreuses and dark burgundies. Trust me when I say they look even better in person.
To emulate, I used Urban Purple by Rimmel London, Beach by Revlon, Carnaby Street by Nails Inc and Neon Pink by Color Club.
To get these ladyfingers:1. Paint your full nail burgundy2. Using a metallic lime green, paint a thick stripe on top of your freshly wet burgundy— they should blend slightly3. Quickly after, paint a thinner yellow stripe on top of the lime green metallic4. With a hot pink nail art pen, draw swirls emulating the print5. Top it off with top coat
I love the white eyeliner used on Adele in this photo. It is placed on the bottom waterline and then dragged out and up.
Would you follow this trend?
MANICURE MUSE: BCBG Max Azria AW’12
For the past few seasons, it has been clear that BCBG Max Azria hasn’t been able to shake their love for color-blocking (not that I’m complaining). For Fall ‘12, they nod to the Bauhaus movement for inspiration. Even if you didn’t pay attention in Design History: 101, you’d still be able to figure out that it’s all about simplified forms and functionality as seen with the slew of color-blocked dresses in lean silhouettes. It’s the touch of added luxury that makes this season a standout. Fur was strategically patchworked into unexpected places like shoulder tops and down sleeves. This is one of my favorite looks from the show. Both the vest and the dress are each eye candy on their own, but together are total power players.
To emulate this look, I used Greyt Expectations and I Will! by L’Oreal, Trout Pout by Butter and Black by Color Club.
To get these ladyfingers:1. Paint your full nail taupe2. Divide your nail in half (you can use tape if you need a guide) and paint the bottom half pink3. Once dry, paint a white stripe on either side of your nail4. Using a nail art brush, paint a line of black along the edge of the white5. Paint the bottom white portions black with an even thick horizontal line6. With a very fine paint brush, paint small taupe rectangles on each side of the top part of the white stripe (optional)7. Top it off with top coat