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August 27 2014

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The Nude Nail: A Tutorial

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The report from the nail front in the fashion trenches this week is much like it’s been for the past few seasons: While a few designers are staying the artful, design-heavy course, creating a ton of blog fodder in the process (which, we imagine, is part of the point), most are requesting nude lacquers—or no lacquer, just a glossy topcoat, as was the case at The Row yesterday—to hopefully further fashion from its embrace of all things over-the-top for tips. But not all nudes are created equal, of course, and according to manicurist extraordinaire Marianne Newman, most of them are subpar. “Most nudes streak,” she points out, as anyone who has ever asked for a mannequin manicure is aware. But Newman, who has brought her pro polishing skills everywhere from Giles and Missoni to Loewe and McQueen, has a secret to getting an ultra-smooth, ridge-free finish. “Put on your first coat of polish,” like, say, MAC Nail Lacquer in Quiet Time, which Newman chose backstage at Donna Karan, “apply a matte topcoat—any brand will work—let it dry, and apply your second coat,” like MAC’s Cream Delicate. “It works just like priming a canvas.”

Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

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