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TAKE 5: SPRING 2017 NAIL ART TRENDS TO KNOW ABOUT
TAKE 5: SPRING 2017 NAIL ART TRENDS TO KNOW ABOUT

TAKE 5: SPRING 2017 NAIL ART TRENDS TO KNOW ABOUT

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Fresh out of #maniinspo? The spring 2017 runways were loaded with ideas, created with polishes stocked on our shelves. There are options to suit all skill levels, so whether your painting abilities are newbie or next-level, there’s a nail-art trend for you this season.

PINK RETHINK
The classic girly hue showed up at Monse (using Sally Hansen’s Commander in Chic and Au Nature-al), Altuzarra (using Essie’s Hi Maintenance) and Emilio de la Morena (pictured, far left), but it was worn in surprising new ways. At the latter, for example, Orly nail tech Ami Streets showcased a sharper version with only a vertical half of each nail painted in the powdery pink Lift the Veil.

NEGATIVE SPACE
These looks play on the old adage of “less is more,” where a section of the nail is left bare as part of the design. Proenza Schouler featured free-handed black swirls on an otherwise blank canvas, while Creatures of Comfort showed off bare digits except for rainbow French tips and a golden triangle decal on each cuticle. Our favourite? Opening Ceremony (pictured), where the nail artist painted black and primary-coloured stripes (alternating between yellow, blue and red), leaving the bottom third blank for a graphic effect.

MATTE NATURALS
Even if you’re colour-shy (or extremely time-pressed), you can still try this spring trend. Nuanced nudes were spotted everywhere from Rag & Bone to Oscar de la Renta, but at Self-Portrait, Jenny Packham and Alexander Wang (pictured), Essie celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders took barely-there nudes—painted the brand’s Au Natural and Cocktails and Coconuts—a step further by covering them with the shine-nixing Matte About You top coat. It’s all in the details!

METALLICS
For those craving a little flash, the molten finishes spotted backstage offer the right amount of shine. At 3.1 Phillip Lim (pictured), white-covered nails were topped with silver streaks (Sally Hansen global colour ambassador Madeline Poole layered Complete Salon Manicure in Gilty Party over Let’s Snow), and at Michael Costello, gold and burgundy ombré was back with Essie’s Sole Mate fading into Good as Gold.

HIGH CONTRAST
Here’s an easy one that still delivers max impact: Vivid, contrasting manis. Whether you go with the bold dot on bright nails seen at Jeremy Scott (pictured far right; hint: to get the look seen above, use the eraser on the end of the pencil to dab OPI Nail Lacquer in That’s Hot! Pink onto a base of No Room for the Blues, like nail artist Miss Pop did at the show), or the alternating red and pink French tips at Rebecca Minkoff (created by Michelle Saunders with Essie’s Go Go Geisha and Maki Me Happy), this trend is the simplest way to make a statement.