butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Hughes, created the nail look for the ICB by Prabal Gurung F/W 2013 Collection. Inspired by art deco design elements and deco painters, the ICB girl is "multi-dimensional and always unpredictable", so Katie used butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Chimney Sweep on the hands and finished the look with the Matte Finish Top Coat. She then used Kitten Heels Powder Finish Foot Crème on the feet and Chimney Sweep on the toes. “For this show, we selected a colour that was gritty yet chic. There was a lot of texture in the collection so we wanted a matte nail on the hands to complement the designs.” said Katie.
Katie Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador, created the nail look seen at Nicole Miller's Fall 2013 collection. With the collection being a nod to girls who dress like boys, Katie created three nails to complement: Stag Do, Royal Navy with Wallis layered on top, and Royal Navy with a custom chrome shade (created for Nicole's show) used for a single finger embellishment (available Summer 2013).
butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Hughes, today created an intricate, embellished gem party nail look for Libertine’s F/W 2013 Collection. Inspired by art, the collection was a collage of color and embellishment with the foundation being a bespoke golden nail lacquer, Marbs, created for the Libertine show (available in Summer 2013). She then placed crystals, which appeared on designs that walked the runway, cascading down the nail.
I've long been intrigued by Ciaté's at-home nail art kits, which include Caviar (essentially a beaded manicure), Sequin and Velvet (a velvet powder applique). But, realistically, none seemed suited to everyday wear, instead more to special occasions. I mean, how do you wash your hands if you have a velvet manicure? Seriously, how?
The brand's new Colourfoil Manicure thankfully is a bit lower maintenance. Included in a $19 kit is a base color (there are three to choose from), along with a "foil fix glue" and 30 sheets of colourfoil, in six varying shades. While Wonderland is a cool flat gray, I instead chose to layer the pink Colourfoil over NARS Disco Inferno ($18), a new, limited-edition duo-chrome shimmer from the Spring 2013 collection. While Disco Inferno is described as an iridescent silver green, there's also a slight touch of pink, so I thought the colourfoil would play to that nicely (and I think it's safe to say that it does!)
I'm admittedly not great at DIY, but the Colourfoil was super simple to apply and after setting with a clear topcoat, it seems to be built to withstand normal wear. Snag a kit of your own at Sephora.
CND continues to work on the most intriguing nail looks of New York Fashion Week, and last night, for The Blonds "Psycho Beach Party" show, manicurist Kristina Estabrooks crafted an array of elaborately detailed nails including Shark Bites, skinny dip blue, and red caviar over CND Colour in Blackjack. Cue the Jaws soundtrack now.
For more of my favorite manicures from the Spring/Summer '13 collections, see my prior posts on CND for Rodarte, Angel Sanchez, Joy Cioci, Nicole Miller and Diego Binetti.
At yesterday's Rodarte show, CND Nail Artist Michele Huynh designed staggeringly complex "Modern Medieval" manicures by weaving strips of custom blended and mattefied CND Colours in Desert Suede, Frosting Cream and Chocolate Milk over a base blend of high shine CND Colours in Desert Suede and Frosting Cream. Each nail tip required fifteen minutes to hand-detail - and the 30 total sets of nails for the show took 150+ hours to create - perhaps not exactly suited to DIY (but gorgeous none the less!)
At yesterday's Angel Sanchez show, CND's Shelena Robinson created coolly feminine French manicures with contrasting shiny/matte finish (the only tolerable French manicure imaginable, let's be honest).
The lighter section of the nail was a custom blend of CND Colours in Blueberry Whip, Tutu, Cream Washed and CND Additives in Pink Shimmer, and the darker edge of the nail was created with CND Colours in Blueberry Whip, Tutu, Eclectic Purple, and Raspberry Plunge. This nail accentuated flushed pink cheeks and the color palette in the collection.
I love that it's feminine yet edgy at the same time, in large part due to the matte texture - definitely one of my favorite nail looks to date from the Spring/Summer '13 shows.
Bathing beauties reigned supreme at yesterday's Joy Cioci Spring 2013 New York Fashion Week show. CND's Candice Manacchio mimicked underwater bubbles on manicures using micro-beads and small pearls for a delicate and dimensional texture. To recreate at home, apply top coat and dip nail into beads (try pouring beads into a flat bowl or dipping each nail directly into the tube). Toes were shimmering champagne with CND Colour in Putty topped with reflective CND Gold Pearl Effect.
This weekend, CND saw stars, creating one of my favorite manicures of the season to date at Nicole Miller. The designer's sci-fi 80's inspired prints were accessorized with Galaxy Glam nails created by CND's Candice Manacchio.
The manicure was concocted with a custom blended mint green overlapped with sporadically sponged-on CND Sapphire Sparkle Effect, CND Colour in Studio White, and a pink shade from CND's NEW polish line launching in late Spring 2013...get excited! Each nail was edged out with CND Colour in Blackjack for a thoroughly modern twist. Pedicures in jet black CND Blackjack solidified why darks are chic for toes, even in spring/summer.
The nails at designer Diego Binetti's show are always a stand-out. For the Spring/Summer 2013 collection, CND manicurist Heather Reynosa-Davis designed oyster shell-inspired nails using assorted CND Colours in Tropic Coral, Flamingo Feather, Rouge Red and Blackjack. These triple-tier manicures revealed delicate pearls between each nail layer! Other manicure styles included lucite nails with accents of red and black for a see-through, sophisticated finish.