NYFW Nail Looks That Have US Swooning

We’ve got some great news for nail obsessives: dazzling colors and bold and chic nail art are officially back, and we’ve got some great inspiration from the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 showcase for you. From Ulla Johnson’s graphic negative space with Paintbox, to Tibi’s metallic embellished a la JINSoon, to Essie’s ’90s savior look with Jeremy Scott, there’s no shortage of interesting looks to try in the weeks and months ahead.
Christian Siriano’s French mint and heavy glitter shop
“What Christian and I wanted to do was something painterly, something textured, something futuristic,” says Julie Kandale, Essie’s lead manicurist.” We did a French base in Turquoise and Caicos, which is a mint green that you’ll see a lot in this collection, and then we wanted to do two coats of Essie’s Set in Stones, which is a silver glitter that we made sure not to apply over the green. From a distance, the look is really futuristic and very durable.”
Rebecca Minkoff’s Leopardstone Restaurant
Gina Edwards, head manicurist at Kiss, didn’t hold back in the slightest at Rebecca Minkoff’s show, which was inspired by the “modern professional woman”. There are plaid, zebra and gold and black graphic designs, but our hearts are thumping for the chic leopard print on our marble nails. To create this look, grab a pack of Kiss Masterpiece Nails in Kitty Gurl and use a striped brush to paint a strategically placed C on the black Kiss Nail Paint to create your leopard point. Complete the look with Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails (in Bookworm color) in Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails (in Bookworm color).
Ulla Johnson’s graphic negative space.
We really love the minimalist nail art that Paintbox’s creative director Mabelyn Martin created for Ulla Johnson.
“I think this negative space manicure exposes the manicure in a very sexy way while also incorporating a little bit of rich color. The curved silhouette of the manicure is both feminine and edgy, just like the designer’s collection,” she says.
To recreate, Martin says, use a small striped brush – which you can pick up cheaply on Amazon – to create a J-shaped shape along the edge of your nail, then straighten the edge with a clean brush with nail polish remover. Once dry, apply a clear coat of nail polish on top. The two colors used at the show were Like Spice (terracotta) and Like Wild (mossy green).
Jeremy Scott’s ’90s print
You could say that Jeremy Scott posed the most interesting runway looks of the spring/summer 2020 fashion season, with nails being particularly noteworthy for this look by Reigns, inspired by Saved by the Bell and Jem and the Holograms, which Miss Pop created for Essie in a mix of squares, triangles, lines, spots and polka dots, including In The Cab-ana (teal), Mod Square (hot pink), Hay There (yellow), No Place Like Chrome (silver), Butler Please (blue) and Licorice (black).
Metal decorations at Tibii.
JINsoon Choi of JINsoon Nail Polish in Tibi’s minimalist-MET-futuristic grunge, Choi explains that they use different colors depending on the model’s skin tone.” “For fair skin tones, we use JINsoon Sandbar, Nostalgia for medium skin tones and Milieu for dark skin tones,” she says. We wanted to do something that would catch the eye. I was inspired by a lot of silver accents I saw on shoes or clothes, so I decided to make silver dangling rings to give the look a more artistic feel.” The silver hoop is glued to the nails of the middle finger and fingertips with nail polish, and while it can’t be worn for long periods of time, it’s perfectly fine for a night out.
Alice + Olivia’s Reverse French Manicure
There’s no denying that French manicure has made a mad comeback, and that’s further cemented with the SS2020 manicure game. At Alice + Olivia, Kiss’ head manicurist, Gina Edwards, puts the French manicure in reverse. To get this look, use Kiss’s white nail paint to create a half-moon shape on the base of your natural nail, or use Kiss Glam Fantasy in Higher Love. use the same paint to create a border along the entire perimeter of your nail.
Veronica Beard’s Frosted Layer Cake
If flashy and bold isn’t your thing – or if you’re temporarily looking for a more subtle look – you’ll find a winner in this layered cake-style manicure from Veronica Beard. The look was created by Essie’s main artist, Rita Remark.
“The whole collection is inspired by the ’60s, like the morning after a real swing party in the ’60s, For the nails, we went with a long oval shape, which was a real trend at the time. “At the time, frosty beauty was also a trend, so I wanted to create that effect, too,” says Remark. To create this really beautiful, reflective frosted finish, we started with Minimalistic, which is a bubblegum color, and then we added Vanity Fairest, which is a pan-white pink Sherer, and then, to add the iridescent effect of the frosting, we added Going Steady, which I love layering because it gives the feeling of a finished effect that can be achieved with just one color, and it really brings a certain depth to the texture.”