The spotlight may be on the clothes, but New York Fashion Week is also where the new nail art and colour trends emerge. From intricate, hand-painted designs to ways to play with colour, texture, and shapes, we present the fashionable nail looks that have been designer-approved for your Winter in 2013.
Red nail polish is about as classic as it comes. But when a little something extra special is added (read: nail art) you've just taken that crimson lacquer up several notches. From gold accents to bandana finishes, see five different ways to take red from ravishing to red-hot — courtesy of Jessica Biel, Ashley Madekwe, Zooey Deschanel, Ciara and Anne Hathaway.
As with any new year, it's out with the old, in with the new. And while you might find it hard to bid adieu to some of last year's hottest trends, there's a bevy of new styles to try for 2013. So kiss your caviar manicure goodbye, take down your top knot, and flip through to see how you can seamlessly swap out your trends this season.
Polish, remover, top coat . . . these are the foundation of any amazing type of nail art. But what about the designs we covet but are less-than-able to achieve on our own? If you go digging around you house, you can scrounge up a handful of odds and ends that can help make your nail art aspirations a reality.
- Tape: For any type of nail art design that requires lines, lay down a strip of tape and paint away. Painter's tape is great, but regular Scotch tape works just as well.
- Toothpicks: These are great for pulling polish into long, thin, tapered lines. They also allow for more localised cleanup than a cotton-tip when dipped in nail polish remover.
- Straight pins: Reach for the ones with the flat tops to them. They're perfect for circle designs, especially polka dots. Just dip the tip in your polish, and you're set.
- Pencils: Have a design that's a bit more elaborate but not the steady hand to pull it off? Using a Stanley knife, or something similar, cut out the design into the top of your pencil's eraser, and you'll have a perfectly sized rubber stamp.
- Glitter pens: Basic glitter pens that you can find at Officeworks offer fuller, easier coverage than glitter polish. And the tapered tip is great for when you just want a little bit of sparkle.
- Tweezers: Place anything from decals to rhinestones with better precision with a set of tweezers. Just make sure to have a separate set from the ones you use on your face to keep everything hygenic.
- Makeup sponges: Gradient colours have been a huge trend in the world of nail art lately, and the look is easiest achieved with a makeup sponge. Keep a few in your kit to whip up an ombré manicure in a snap.
Karl Lagerfeld's show is one of the most highly anticipated at Paris fashion week, and this year he gave Chanel Makeup's creative director, Peter Philips, the words "shine, focus on eyes and silver" as inspiration for the beauty look. He created an exclusive platinum eyeshadow shade called Platine Précieux, that looked enchanting and beautifully light-reflecting. The lips also had a shine using a combination of Rouge Allure Gracile and Lèvres Scintillantes Plaisir. The cheeks had no blush and the skin was luminous thanks to Chanel's Vitalumiere foundation.
The nail look at Chanel Spring 2013 was quite a standout, with models donning French manicures. It's a classic look that took a back seat to nail art and bright hues long ago, so it will be very interesting to see if a trend forms off the back of the show. We already know nude nails and minimalistic makeup are the trends du jour — so French manicures certainly fit nicely into the mute colour story.
Nude nail polish made a statement on recent runways, and though nail art is still all the rage, we're betting on nude nails being the Next Big Thing when it comes to beauty. Finding a shade that matches your skin tone — not to mention one that pops up against it — is easier said than done, though. We searched for the best options for a variety of complexions. See four of our top picks in the video now.
From completely bare to bright neons and intricate nail art, the manicures on show at all the international fashion week collections has been amazing to say the least. With over 100 shows to pick from, editing down our top handful was quite a task — but one we were more than happy to take on! Click through to see the five we fell hard for.
Nails at Spring 2013 New York fashion week might not have been as bold and flashy as in seasons past, but a whole new crop of subtle-toned, light-reflecting finishes made for a pretty, feminine appeal. From translucent top coats to glowy pinks to pearlescent effects, nails on the Spring 2013 runways were as flirty as they were fun. See how designers Christian Siriano, Rebecca Taylor, and Catherine Malandrino presented the trend at their shows.
Spring has arrived in New York City . . . on the runways, that is. Blushy pinks, matte neutrals, and bold metallics are popping up alongside the collections, and that's not just for makeup. You'll love the following nail polish looks for Spring so much that you won't be able to wait to get them on your fingers. Click through to see the top hues and techniques so far.