July 26 2014

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What We’re Wearing This Week: A Patriotic Polish Job

-------’s resident nail polish guru (and photo editor), Nicola Kast, beats the workday blues by hitting the bottle. Here, she shares the lacquer she’s loving this week.

We’re celebrating the good ol’ US of A a few days early here at—and with a polish as patriotic as the Formula X Liberty Top Coat, how could you not? Despite the fact that Kast cheers on the “wrong team” during the World Cup (born in Germany, the motherland still tugs at her heartstrings when it comes to soccer), she has an affinity for all things Americana, specifically the red, white, and blue knitwear that sauntered down Raf Simons’ Fall 2014 menswear runway (a show he collaborated on with artist Sterling Ruby). And since a sweater doesn’t exactly pair well with a steamy 4th of July BBQ, she’ll be wearing this clear lacquer littered with confetti instead.

Formula X Liberty Top Coat, $12.50;

Emmy Rossum Goes Mad for Plaid



We recently pointed out women who are bringing nail art to the forefront after a runway season full of nudes, and it appears that Emmy Rossum is joining the list of supporters. Always daring with her beauty choices, she made the most of her moons by painting them with evil eyes for a Jimmy Choo party earlier this spring, and at last night’s fete celebrating the Uber and American Express partnership, she opted for a tweed design to offset her houndstooth Monique Lhuillier dress. Manicurist Katie Jane Hughes created the “fun yet grown-up” pattern by basing fingertips with Butter London Nail Foundation, followed by two thin coats of Trallop (an opaque caramel). Using Fash Pack (a taupe-y mushroom), Union Jack Black, Bobby Dazzler (a shimmery platinum), and Wallis (a metallic olive-gold), she crosshatched the colors with a striping brush. “By [painting] through wet lacquer, you get a more textured effect,” she noted. A matte topcoat was used to seal the design before West End Wonderland (a glittery gold polish) was employed to add a hint of sparkle to the sophisticated plaid.

DIY Stella McCartney’s “Superhero” Nails


stella-resortIf there’s one thing we can expect at every Stella McCartney show, it’s neutral nails. Light pink or nude—you’d be hard-pressed to find a bottle backstage that competed with the designer’s clothes. And for Resort, the situation was no different. Manicurist Madeline Poole painted catwalkers’ fingertips with Sally Hansen’s forthcoming Miracle Gel polish in Bare Dare, but created “superhero” nail art inspired by one of the quirky patterns in the collection. “I zoomed in and blew up different aspects of the masks to create an abstract design,” said Poole. “I don’t like to do anything too complicated—a graphic that’s big and bold always communicates better.” Here, the pro breaks down how to get the look (no cape or superhuman skills required).

1. Push back cuticles using Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover and an orangewood stick.

2. Gently polish the surface of nails with a buffing block, mist with water, and scrub with a brush. Complete the prep process by wiping fingertips clean of any residue with polish remover.

3. Paint the thumb and pinky finger with two coats of a solid color. (In this case, Poole chose Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Red Eye, on shelves in July.) “I like when there’s asymmetry to a manicure,” she said.

4. Choose bright, comic book-esque shades for the ring, middle, and pointer fingers. (Here, she chose Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Electri-Cute and Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away! and Mellow Yellow.) Layer on two coats.

5. Once the base coat is dry, draw a semicircle in a contrasting color from one edge of the nail bed three-quarters of the way to the other side—leaving space between your cuticle and the graphic shape. (In addition to the colors already in the rotation, Poole used Miracle Gel in Twiggy over the blue on our model’s middle finger.)

6. Repeat the same steps on the adjacent finger while you’re waiting for your semicircle to dry.

7. Add a second layer to each semicircle once they’ve had time to set.

8. Finish with a clear topcoat and clean up any excess polish around the nail bed with a makeup brush dipped in remover. Poole used the E.l.f. Essential Concealer Brush, which will only set you back $1.

While you wait for McCartney’s Resort pieces to hit stores, consider this manicure an instant form of gratification.

Is Nail Art Trending Again?



The Fall ’14 season officially marked the end of the nail art craze—or so we thought. While the likes of Prabal Gurung, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, and Alexander McQueen coated models’ nails with pared-back, creamy flesh tones, rainbow hues and intricate designs made a comeback this week. Hannah Bronfman debuted a leopard-spotted manicure inspired by Givenchy’s Fall ’14 collection via Instagram, while Alessandra Ambrosio showed some World Cup spirit with a blue, green, and yellow Brazilian-flag-inspired paint job. And last night at Stella McCartney’s annual Resort ’15 garden party, manicurist Madeline Poole lifted a colorful superhero print from the collection and interpreted it into a color-blocked gel mani. (Catwalkers, however, wore a more traditional nude dubbed Bare Dare from Sally Hansen’s forthcoming Miracle Gel collection.) While we likely won’t be dusting off our striping brush this summer, we’re all for a thematic mani moment.

Photos: Getty; Instagram

The Real Way to Nail the Man-icure


ryan-nailEmma Roberts was put in the very capable hands of hairstylist Ryan Trygstad for Monday night’s New Yorkers for Children Fool’s Fête—and I couldn’t help but notice his immaculately groomed and gleaming fingers while he blow-dried. Upon closer inspection, however, I noticed that this spectacular sheen could not be attributed to a natural buff or a clear top coat, but rather was the result of minimalist nail art. After seeing a similar concept on Pinterest, Trygstad opted for horizontal bronze stripes artfully etched across select tips (a design he had done for a recent video shoot—”They [zoomed] in close and I wanted it to be funky,” he said). The “Japanese business nail” turned out to be bogus, but this example is very much real and right on trend (line art was seen at Tibi’s Spring 2014 show and on Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2014 runway). While stock options and a promotion might not come out of this paint job, a few compliments on the subway are definitely in store.

Photo: Instagram