7 Nail Art Ideas from Fashion Week You Can Wear in Real Life
While the luxe clothes and architectural hairstyles aren’t always practical (or attainable), the nail art is thankfully within reach. Here, our favorite nail looks from New York Fashion Week to try now. Seriously, grab your polishes (you can do most of these yourself).
U-Shaped French Tips
You know our feelings on negative space manicures. (Hint: We love them.) And these U-shaped tips at Tanya Taylor were an instant fav. Though we’ve seen (and tried) many iterations of a French tip over the years, the curved edges on this give it a refreshing update. All you need is a pack of reinforcement rings to recreate the look at home. Simply place the stickers a third of the way down your nail and paint above the line.
Exaggerated French Tips
Alternatively, you can keep the tip straight but extend it farther down your nail bed so it takes up the entire top half. Try using pale neutrals (like this creamy gray) to soften up the look. If you need some help, grab a piece of painter's tape and lay it flat across each nail as a guide when painting.
Metallic Accent Nail
Prefer an edgier vibe? Make like the models at Monse and pair jet-black nails with a single metallic stripe down half of your ring (or pinkie) finger. It will add the teensiest bit of unexpected glimmer to an otherwise dark palette. Again, this is where your painter's tape will come in handy.
Tonal Chevron Tips
The pros at Jenny Packham used tonal colors (like black and gray) to keep this graphic Chevron tip more muted and elegant. When trying this look at home, use the lighter shade to paint the first diagonal line across one side of your nail. Then take the darker color to paint the opposite side in to create an asymmetrical tip.
Speaking of DIY, this simple (but no less striking) look at Michael Costello is perhaps the easiest one to try. All you have to do is lightly swipe a rosy metallic polish on top of a basic nude manicure. Pro tip: Use a fan brush for an artsier finish with zero skill or effort needed.
Contrasting Wave Patterns
The nails at Christian Siriano made a strong case for a little imperfection. All you need is a striping brush and three contrasting colors (a dark base and two lighter ones) to create the look. Once you've painted your base color on, take the brush and sketch in short, vertical dashes all the way across (and don’t worry about keeping them uniform). On that note, if you're into DIY manis, a set of tools (that includes a striping brush) is a worthy onetime investment.
Glittery Half-Moon Accents
OK, perhaps we spoke too soon about which of these looks is the easiest to recreate. The glitter half moon accents at Ulla Johnson were also delightfully simple. Paint on a clear (or lightly tinted) base coat and carefully dot on some sparkly polish at the base of your nails. That’s it. Like dainty rings, it adds a tiny touch of glam that makes a big difference.