DIY Runway-Inspired Nail Art

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DIY Runway-Inspired Nail Art
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When spring '14 looks hit the runways this fall at New York Fashion Week, fashionistas everywhere couldn’t help but sigh knowing they wouldn’t be able to don the trends seen on the runway for seasons to come. Luckily, this year’s NYFW featured DIY-friendly nail art we can help you replicate to get some instant gratification while you’re waiting for spring to come around.

Textured Layers
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Textured Layers

Simplicity took on new life in the form of the textured nail art at designer Veronica Beard’s show. Essie’s Casey Herman painted nails with two base coats of a teal-colored polish, then applied a matte top coat to crosshatch the nail. This subtle texture play manicure is sure to complement any look no matter the season.

Twinkle, Twinkle
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Twinkle, Twinkle

Designer Jenny Packham's gowns need no accessories to make them sparkle, but it didn’t hurt that her models had the manicures to match the wardrobe at this year’s fashion week. To get the look, apply three layers of a nude, pink or beige color. Layer fuchsia and silver glitter polishes only near the cuticle to make the moons of your nails sparkle.

Simple, But Not Ignored
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Simple, But Not Ignored

For some designers, it’s important to focus on the fashion and keep the nail art to a minimum. To keep your nails elegantly tamed, replicate the manicure seen on the models at designer Derek Lam's show by simply applying two to three layers of a nude polish followed by a layer of top coat. For fair skin, try a creamier nude, medium skin tones should stick to peachier nudes and dark tones are complemented by light browns.

Sophisticated Skulls
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Sophisticated Skulls

Designer Rebecca Minkoff is infamous for her playful looks, and this Day of the Dead inspired manicure exemplifies that spirit. To get the look, apply two to three coats of coral polish. Then, craft the Day of the Dead designs using a dotting tool. Paint two small ovals by the cuticles to form the eyes and an upside-down heart underneath the ovals for the nose. At the tip of the nail, draw a horizontal line with smaller vertical lines to give your skulls some teeth.

Fashion-Forward French
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Fashion-Forward French

The French manicure is a classic, but this nail look designed by Deborah Lippmann for Kate Spade is a thoroughly modern take on nail art. Use a file to form the tips of your nails into a triangular shape. Then paint nails with several coats of white polish to assure they are not transparent. Use a small brush to paint the triangular tip of each nail with black polish. Finish the look with a small strip of neon pink to separate the black and white.

Bedazzled
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Bedazzled

At the Honor runway show, the everyday manicure got an upgrade with a little bit of chic bedazzling thanks to nail artist Deborah Lippmann. Paint your nails with two coats of a light pink and place six small rhinestones in a triangle at the base of the nail using nail glue and an orange stick. After your nails are bedazzled, finish the look with a clear top coat and any outfit is runway-ready.

Whitewashed
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Whitewashed

Katie Jane Hughes, lead manicurist for Butter LONDON, created a bold yet simple manicure for the Band of Outsiders NYFW show. All you need to do to get the look is apply two coats of white polish and a clear top coat for a nail art look that's as doable now as it is for spring.

Foil Frenzy
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Foil Frenzy

Alicia Torello’s opulent gold leaf nail art design was featured on the Creatures of Comfort runway. Though the look may seem impossible to recreate, it doesn’t take much to DIY this opulent design. After a few layers of a nude polish, gently tear pieces of gold leaf foil and press them to the desired part of each nail. Let the foil sit for a few minutes before applying a clear topcoat to complete a lavish nail art look.

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