5 Fab Manicures

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5 Fab Manicures

Runways aren’t just about sweeping gowns and designer jeans anymore. Nowadays runways also act as showcases for the latest trends in nail art. Although they are simple enough to do on your own, your nails can be transformed into runway-inspired accessories that up your style like nothing else. So, dig out your polish collection and get ready lacquer, because we’ve got five fab nail looks you’re going to want try.

Shiny-Matte French Manicure

Fresh off the Angel Sanchez runway, this stunning look offers a fresh take on the classic French manicure. These nails are perfect for those who prefer a more natural look as a muted palette is used. To get this look, simply apply a base coat followed by two coats of polish in a glossy pink shade. Wait a full five minutes after each coat to ensure it is dry before adding another layer. Follow the edge of the nail in a slightly darker pink shade for a sweet and subtle effect that catches the eye. But you’re not done yet. Seal the polish off with a topcoat to extend the wear of your manicure.

Not-So-Perfect Half-Moon

Right on trend with the color-blocking phenomenon, this bold nail look is sure to win you a boatload of compliments. The fact that the half-moon is purposefully flawed should reduce any anxiety you may feel about creating perfectly crisp curvatures. To give your nails that “artsy” attitude, apply two layers of the polish of your choice and allow them to dry. Then, opt for a contrasting polish to really make your nails pop. Paint on the half-moon by starting from the middle of the nail, rather than from the cuticle. This way, you’ll end up with the fuzzy edges that make this style so unique.

Retro Colorblock

For those of you who go completely gaga for retro-inspired looks, this look’s for you. This trend was inspired by Mark Rothko’s paintings with a dash of 80′s aesthetics. Simply paint a glossy black stripe over the polish of your choice, starting from the center of the nail and seal with a topcoat. The retro color palette consists of muted brights, so go for a dull magenta, violet, or turquoise.

White-Out

White nails are trending on all the spring runways, and they’re also preppy, fresh and office-appropriate. To achieve this sleek look as seen at the Karen Walker show, two coats of milk-white polish are layered over a basecoat, and finished off with a matte topcoat. What you’re left with is a crisp clean look that will take you from day to night.

Diagonal Pop Color

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to pull those brights out from the back of your closet. A polish in any glossy bright hue will work to bring out the color accents in your outfit. To get the perfect diagonal, simply place a piece of tape diagonally across the nail-tip and paint in the area with your polish for a pop of color.

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