Nail art was in full effect at Fashion Week. Though some shows offered more daytime-friendly trends (i.e. glitter ombre nails at Tom Ford, the minimalist art at Tibi), other looks were way too impractical for every day—but they don’t have to be. Read on to learn how to turn your favorite runway looks into a wearable, on-trend style.
The Trend: Glitter Dip
Runway: Nail artist Miss Pop gave digits an extra serving of glam by painting loose glitter down models’ fingers at the Jeremy Scott runway show. The look read both bold and playful, with a hint of modern edge.
Your Way: For the same effect without the mess, apply a glittery shade at the cuticle area, then use your brush to gently “pull” the glitter toward the free edge, creating a subtle gradient effect. Finish with a matte top coat to help the glitter stand out.
CREDIT: Nailstyle/Carlotta Cortellazo
The Trend: Floral Leopard Print
Runway: Per usual, the CND Nail Team took creativity to new heights with towering 3-D flower creations at The Blonds S/S18 runway show. But models’ nails were anything but delicate— backstage nail artists complemented the embellishments with hand-painted leopard print and colorful exotic florals.
Your Way: Unless you plan on babying your nails all day long, extreme 3-D embellishments are not an option. Instead, opt for a leopard and floral stamped design, and finish with flirty flower charms.
CREDIT: Nailstyle/Gullu Kaur
The Trend: Oversized Gems
Runway: Sky-high, piled-on bling was the theme for nails at the Phillip Plein S/S18 runway show. Models sported extra-large crystals that commanded attention.
Your Way: Though oversized gems provided the perfect finishing touch to any shade on the catwalk, they’re just not practical for most women. To achieve a wearable version of the trend, opt for gel polish gems. Simply apply a gold sticker to the nail to serve as the base of the gem, then apply a bead of thick opalescent gel polish to the center of the sticker and cure.