CND’s Backstage Secret Weapon-------
Hair and makeup have always been essential components of any runway presentation, but nails are becoming just as important to the seasonal story a designer is trying to tell. The proof is in the CND nail techs we ran into this morning backstage at BCBG Max Azria, where models were getting one coat of Ridge Out to create a blank canvas for two coats of Putty, a semi-sheer neutral from the brand’s new Colour and Effects line. In what is in our opinion the best collection of cream colors to debut this fall, CND has launched 50 shades, in three intensities—sheer, semi-sheer, and opaque—plus three chromes to round out the range. Aside from the number of pure color choices (there is a true navy that will blow your mind), what sets its cream lacquers apart from the myriad others to debut since August is the addition of 15 “effects”—Pearl, Shimmer, and Sparkle—clear polishes that, when layered with your base color of choice, enhance and in some cases completely change the original finish. The collection won’t hit shelves until October, but we’re guessing we’ll be seeing a lot of it over the next few days. Color us excited.