Nails’ New Naked Ambition-------
Sand, flesh, taupe—whatever you want to call it, the nail color that cropped up on many a fingertip at the Spring 2011 collections wasn’t much of a color at all. At Marc Jacobs, Creative Nail Design crafted foundation-hued manicures; at Narciso Rodriguez, Deborah Lippmann topped beige nails with a coat of shiny shimmer; at Erin Fetherston, the polish of choice was Dashing Diva’s Chelsea in the Buff; and at Prabal Gurung, the glimmering nude Without a Stitch from the designer’s collection for Sally Hansen was accented by a narrow stripe of coral. This new breed of nail lacquers is a big departure from Spring’s traditional candy colors, but after many months of crimsons, purples, and grays, it’s a welcome palette cleanser. Along with go-to barely-there shades like NARS Candy Darling and Butter London’s Yummy Mummy (Alexander Wang’s backstage favorite), there are three new options to consider. Deborah Lippmann’s Naked is, as the name implies, a clean beige; it graced nails at both ADAM and Richie Rich, where it received a black accent nail (obviously). Creative Nail Design’s Perfectly Bare Pair is a limited-edition duo of perfect, peach-tinted lacquers in cream and shimmering finishes that can be worn alone or in tandem. And Essie’s Sand Tropez is a warm limestone that will no doubt prove to be an easy transition for all you greige devotees. Sometimes, it’s the most subtle statements that speak the loudest.
Deborah Lippmann Naked lacquer, $16, www.deborahlippmann.com; Creative Nail Design Perfectly Bare Pair, $20, www.cnd.com; Essie Sand Tropez, $8, at salons nationwide.