April 21 2014

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12 posts tagged "nail art"

Tokyo Touch



Although we didn’t see much in the way of nail art on the runway for Spring 2014, the trend is still going strong on the street. One of the top manicurists, who is credited with bringing many Japanese techniques and designs stateside, Britney Tokyo partnered with Scratch (a nail-wrap Web site) for the month of October. With these stickers inspired by the neighborhoods of the buzzing metropolis that shares her surname—Harajuku, Roppongi Glam, and Shibuya Fresh—bringing some Tokyo flavor to your tips is possible (without jetting off to Japan). Whether you’re into Technicolor unicorns or a Georgia May Jagger-esque smile stamped on your ring finger, these press-and-go paint jobs are definitely kawaii.

Photo: Courtesy of Scratch

Mani All-Stars On The Move


The manicures in Milan and Paris have been rather subdued for Spring 2014, with metallic and lipstick red polishes occasionally being slicked on tips. The bottle broken out most, however, seems to be Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Ballerina. And the crowds attending the shows have been sporting equally simple paint jobs (beauty editors included, as most of us have naked nails at this point in the season).

New York, however, was a different story. Everyone was fresh out of the gate and the nail game was fierce. To capitalize on the manicure competition, lacquer legend Deborah Lippmann set up a manicam backstage to capture not only the looks she created (her favorite being the “almond-etto” shape with a white base, pewter point, and bright horizontal stripe at Kate Spade), but those of backstage attendees as well. “I love watching each set of hands walk,” Lippmann said, “There are some that skip or dance down the runway, others are very focused and walk with real intention; while a few sexily slink down the catwalk—it all depends on the color they’re wearing.” She plans to capture more manicure footage by keeping the camera rolling in her office and any other places she goes with great nails. The art on your tips, similar to the clothes that you wear, are a form of self-expression, Lippmann explained, “and this is a great way to allow someone to flaunt it.” Check out the best of the best from the Big Apple in the video above.

Beauty Sound Bites: Keeping the Nail-Art Spirit Alive



While a natural, beige nail seems to have won out this season at New York fashion week (appearing at Derek Lam, Vera Wang, and Michael Kors among many others), the manicurist at Proenza Schouler has no intentions of going bare:

“Nail art has been alive for years—Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem, Detroit—for me it never dies. It may go down to a solid [color] or something more mild [for Spring 2014], but I’m always going to have a party.”

And to that, we say: Lacquer up and dance like nobody’s watching.

Photo: Tommy Ton

Rihanna’s French Connection


RihannaNot to toot our own horn or anything, but we’re pretty sure that Rihanna’s latest paint job was inspired by our story on the revival of the French manicure. She’s known for her pointy, talon-like tips and crazy colored polish, but it looks like RiRi’s going back to the basics—and leaving the bedazzled, bad girl image behind (at least when it comes to her nails).

Photo: Instagram

Say I Do


Fleury Rose RingI spotted this gem on Brooklyn-based manicurist Fleury Rose’s Instagram last night and immediately needed the details. While I thought one wore this faux-diamond ring through a pierced tip, it’s actually meant to be affixed to the surface of the nail with gel or glue (along with a cluster of other jewels), she explained. The finger painter picked up the tiny treasure (an item popular among nail artists in Japan) during a trip to the West Coast, but says if you want a sparkler of your own, get on the horn (or your e-mail) sooner rather than later—she only has two left. As Queen Bey would say, if you like it, you should put a ring on it—and fast.

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Photo: Instagram