figure skater nails

This manicure looks like a figure skater’s costume to me. Imagine illusion netting, rhinestones and shiny velvet.

Carolina Kostner on the ice

So i’m not so sure I love these nails but I put then together 30 minutes before I had to be at dinner – not too shabby under the circumstances.

I used Chanel Frenzy (one of my fall favorites) as a base color then just painted on alternating layers of different shimmery red, pink and purple and some purple glitter. Ta Da! Figure skater nails.

please excuse the tip wear…The metallic colors obviously haven’t held up in 1 day.

runway inspired Halloween manicures

A friend of mine, Hannah Morrill, asked me to come up with some runway inspired Halloween manicures for I took ideas from Ruffian, Jenni Kayne, Prabal Gurung and Chanel runway looks to make a bit more real life friendly designs.

Prabal Gurung bloody tips:

I saw the Prabal Gurung manicure recreated all over the internet but kept thinking ‘who wants to look like they have been scratching off their mosquito bites?’ Somehow the runway version was a bit too literal for me. So I came up with something a bit more wearable. I love this manicure. It’s subtle enough for everyday. At first glance it reads as a plain red manicure but up close you see the shiny drips of blood. For more impact you can always apply the drips in a deeper red to amp up the contrast between the base color and the dripping ‘blood.’

Kate Spade polka dots gone googly eyes:

Everyone knows polka dots are in, everything is spotted and dotted up the wazoo. I liked the idea of reinterpreting  the  polka dot into googly eyes. Essie’s new Stylnomics hits on the rich jewels tones of Kate Spade’s fall collection so I thought it would make a great base color.

Jenni Kayne pumpkin french:

In the same vein of finding bloody nails less than appealing, recreating smoker’s jaundiced nails seems kind of gross to me as well. But the french manicure is a classic and I’ve been seeing multicolored french manicures all over the place. Enter the pumpkin french, I loved the Chanel beige and shimmering orange combo, and it doesn’t make you look like a chain smoker!

Ruffian / Chanel velvet silhouette:

Velvet manicures seem very popular right now. Ruffian had amazing 2 toned half moon manicures on their models for their fall 2012 runway show. there is something so luxurious and sophisticated about velvet. I have herd mixed reviews on the Ciate Velvet manicure sets but still can’t get the look off my mind. I decided to combine the Chanel cruise collection‘s silhouetted manicure with the sultry palette and texture of Ruffian’s fall nails. Matte top coat is amazing and really transforms the effect of a manicure.

pink polka dots

One of my favorite new fall items is a sweater from J. Crew. Burgundy and pink polka dots, I love it.


Well I was thoroughly smitten with this combination and decided to try it out on my nails.

I used Essie’s Skirting the Issue as a base color. It a bit more of a red than the sweater in photos but in person it’s a pretty deep dark red. I used a dotting tool and Revlon’s Plum Seduction.

It’s not my best or favorite manicure. The pink polka dots don’t have quite the right vibrancy.

Chanel pearls


I saw this pearl manicure a few days ago on Polish You Pretty and had been thinking about how I could make something similar but a bit more wearable…something less ‘sculptural.’

nails from Polish You Pretty

I thought pearlescent dots in Chanel’s Intermezzo would be a good substitute. I can’t find the polish anywhere. I think it was a limited release color from a few years ago. It’s pretty white with a pink iridescence.

For this manicure I used Dior Blue Label (my new FAVORITE blue) as a base color. Then I used a dotting tool to make varying sized dots in Intermezzo around the moon of my nail bed.

Pretty easy.





green and gold nails

green on green

I spotted this manicureon Pinterest the other day and have been wanting to recreate it since.

nails by Madeline Poole

Hands down this may be one of my favorites to date. I am already envisioning this design in reds, in taupes and in dark blues. There is something really chic and elegant about it being a two tone/gradient play on color. It’s also super easy to do too.

NARS Zulu is such a great polish. I love the jelly finish it has.

To keep the moons of my nail clean I used some french manicure tip guides.(I need to get some good old fashion binder hole reinforcement stickers though. The french manicure guides don’t give a curved enough line.) I painted 1 coat of Color Club Artsy Crafty along the rest of my nail. I then used NARS Zulu to paint just the lower half of my nails. I used a gold glitter nail striper to make a thin glitter line between the two colors and that was that. Top coat, done!

love this manicure


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