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Tips From One of Our Favorite Manicurists: Nonie Creme of butter LONDON

Nonie Creme is a busy lady these days. Butter LONDON, the brand she co-founded in 2005, is all over New York Fashion Week — Betsey Johnson, Ports 1961, VPL, Yigal Azrouel Cut 25, Calvin Klein, and The Gap, just to name a few. I caught up with Creme backstage at the Betsey Johnson and Ports 1961 shows and got some insider tips.

On making glitter polish really pop: I hate when you find a glitter polish that looks like it’s packed full of sparkles in the bottle but barely shines once you put it on your nails. Creme’s advice? “Layer the glitter polish over a metallic, which will intensify the glitter and make it stand out.”

On getting that glitter polish off once you’re sick of it: Patience is key. Creme advises soaking a cotton ball in remover and holding on your nail for about 30 seconds. Once the remover soaks in, you should be able to slide off the polish much more easily.

On the big trends in nails: “The trend is: be yourself and tailor your beauty story around yourself.” Creme says the proliferation of nail art in recent seasons and idea of polish being the finishing touch on an outfit has led to an broadening of what’s acceptable when it comes to manicure and pedicures. In addition to the “anything goes” trend, she’s also seeing lots of texture on nails, luxe grunge looks for fall, and matchy-matchy manicures and pedicures in unconventional colors. 


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