If there was any doubt that the nail art trend is back with a vengeance, the beauty looks at the spring 2016 runway shows hit the nail on the head (pun intended). Following the reign of barely-there, nude nails over the past few seasons, this spring/summer is all about colourful designs in the coolest ways possible (insert hands raised emoji, right here). We rounded up four of our favourite nail art trends.
To mimic the graphic patterns on their clothes, brands like Libertine and Opening Ceremony showed bright, dual-tone checkerboards on practically every model’s hands. The look makes for a fun, clever, and totally unconventional take on tips—check mate!
If you’re looking for an easy DIY, take your cues from those designers who played with artsy brush strokes. Zero Maria Cornejo and Public School both experimented with messy white lacquer indelicately feathered onto nude nail beds. And, with a more street art-inspired take, Nicole Miller manicurists dropped splotches of nail polish onto each digit and then blew on them to create a sublime paint splatter effect.
Whether it’s the application of lipstick, hair colour or a manicure, ombré has proven to be a beauty mainstay. Check out Wes Gordon’s oxblood-toned ombre pattern that contrasted matte and shiny textures using Essie’s In the Lobby and Devil’s Advocate shades layered on with Matte About You top coat. For a lighter take, look to Rebecca Minkoff’s pretty pastel dip dye created with Essie’s Tart Deco, Marshmallow, Beach Bum Blu, and Midnight Cami then finished with a coat of Spaghetti Strap to soften the gradient.
ALONG THE LINES
Silver foil stripes at 3.1 Phillip Lim, striped plaids at Zac Posen, and horizontal stripes with different widths at Toronto’s own Tanya Taylor—this season’s shows were all about striped details. Instead of the stark contrast of black against white, switch it up with metallic hues or punchy colours and try varying stripes with vertical and horizontal placements, with varying widths.