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August 29 2014

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Are Nails Stains The New Nail Art?

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Back in the old days—before nail decals, Minx, neon lacquers, and crackle topcoats—women frequently wore their nails in the buff, rubbing a rose cream into the nail bed that, when polished and shined, produced a red-hued finish. “A raincoat of color” is how CND nail tech Angie Wingle explains the effect, which she reinvigorated backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim (more on that in a bit). “The purpose is to enhance the nail bed rather than the skin around it,” Wingle pointed out of what amounts to a stain—a thin, watery varnish that applies like a transparent veil of pigment. To create the customized color Lim wanted for Spring, Wingle and her cohorts mixed CND Speedy Topcoat with a few drops of its Raspberry Parfait, a bright cerise, and its Guava, a pale warm coral, yielding a pinkish-hued glaze. It’s an easy way to make well-groomed nails look instantly healthy and a novel idea for the ever-booming nail industry—one that the sisters behind Rococo Nail Apparel have already capitalized on. Ange and Vernice Walker have a sheer Bordeaux stain to wear alone or over other lacquers that’s due out for the holidays.

Photo: Courtesy of CND

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