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Top 10 Eye-Catching Manis From Spring 2014’s NYFW

The days of over-the-top nail art manis may be behind us, but plenty of designers opted for colors and designs that were memorable at the Spring 2014 shows. Here’s a look at our absolute favorites and get this: so many of these ideas are actually wearable! 

  1. Ruffian: The brand is known for its signature crescent moon mani and this season, nail artist Cheryl Natoli took the look to new heights by extending the darker accent color further up the nail. What’s even cooler? She used only shades from Ruffian’s first lacquer collection, which is exclusive to Birchbox(Photo: Tom Newton)
  2. Mara Hoffman: Using Hoffman’s trademark prints as inspiration, nail artist Honey for Maybelline created bright orange flourishes that stood out nicely against the nude base color. (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)
  3. Prabal Gurung: Candy-color nails were done best for spring at Prabal Gurung, where nail artist Ana-Maria for Sally Hansen was being mindful to contrast lip and nail colors. (Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen)
  4. Tadashi Shoji: This opalescent matte nail created by Katie Hughes for butter London was such a stunner in large part because of its simplicity. (Photo: Courtesy of Butter)
  5. Suno: Bright orange digits like these seen at Suno (courtesy of Maybelline) are predicted to be the hottest nail color for spring 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)
  6. Tibi: If you want to have a go at nail art, but don’t have the steadiest of hands, this look created by JINsoon is right for you. We’re particularly fond of it because the black lines only appear on three fingers on each hand. (Photo: Courtesy of JINsoon)
  7. Kate Spade: Cap toe shoes were the inspiration for Deborah Lippmann's punchy color-block design at Kate Spade. (Photo: Tom Newton)
  8. Rebecca Minkoff: Since the show was inspired by Frida Kahlo, manicurist Michelle Saunders for Essie decided on a Day of the Dead design. (Photo: Courtesy of essie)
  9. Cynthia Rowley: To get these blinged out manis, nail artist Casey Herman for Essie used a mishmash of blue, black, and two different sparkly topcoats.(Photo: Courtesy of essie)
  10. Charlotte Ronson: Nail artist Shelly Burns for Color Club opted for a uniform polka dot design that’s not just adorable, it’s also easy to replicate yourself.  

To take a look at other great NYFW trends, click here. 

The 3 Coolest New Nail Trends from Fashion Week 

Over the last few fashion weeks, nails have become just as important as the hair and makeup. This past season was no exception and we were delighted by all the bold colors and creative designs that we spied. After taking it all in, we’ve narrowed down all the incredible looks to our top three favorites. Will you be trying any of these trends?  

1) Studs: Deborah Lippmann for Kate Spade NY 

The bright pink talons at Kate Spade NY perfectly matched the Pop Art-and NYC-inspired fall collection. We’re definitely picking up some metallic pyramids to affix to our nails ASAP. Plus, we can almost guarantee we’ll be seeing more almond-shaped nails on celebrities and trendsetters this fall. In fact, Deborah Lippmann called it the “nail shape of the season.” 

2) Oil Slick Motif: Essie for Rebecca Minkoff 

These multi-tonal oil slick nails were not only prettyaccording to the lead manicurist Michelle Saunders they were so easy to do that one of the models did her own nails. Click through to see how to get the look yourself.

3) Picture Framing: Color Club for Charlotte Ronson 

The nails at Charlotte Ronson’s show are always inspiring. Remember last season’s wave nails? This season, nail artist Simcha Whitehill (aka Miss Pop) created picture frame nails that really stood out. Whitehill gave us the deets on creating the look ourselves and having tried it with some success, we feel confident that with a little practice, this style isn’t too hard to do. 

—Lorelei

Want to get inspired for spring nail looks? Take a look at our 10 favorite designs from the spring 2013 shows.

Picture Frame Nails at Charlotte Ronson

Backstage at Charlotte Ronson’s Fall 2013 show on a snowy Friday night, lead manicurist for Color ClubSimcha Whitehill, aka Miss Pop, created picture frame nails for all the models. To get the look yourself, Whitehill says to paint your base color all over your nail and allow it to dry. Next, imagine your nail is just slightly smaller and paint your window color, leaving edges on three sides. Finish by adding a French tip with your base color. If you’re not supersteady with your hands, we recommend using tape to get a clean line. 

—Lorelei

For more backstage pictures all week check out Birchbox’s NYFW page.

Our Top 10 New York Fashion Week Manicures

Whew. We’re still catching our breath after fashion week wrapped up here in New York last Thursday. After seeing as many shows as we did, they all start to blur together, but one thing really stands out in our opinion: the nail art. Graphic, bold, and utterly innovative, the designs we saw backstage for spring prove that this trend isn’t going anywhere. Here’s a look at ten standout manis that we can’t wait to replicate. 

Deborah Lippmann wowed us at Kate Spade with her gorgeous gingham. (Photo: Birchbox) 

Color Club used an innovative makeup sponge technique to create these “waves” at Charlotte Ronson. (Photo: Birchbox)

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Color Club Uses A New Technique to Make Waves at Charlotte Ronson

For spring, Charlotte Ronson’s inspiration was clear and omnipresent: the ocean. From beachy hair by Aveda to aquatic prints on the clothes, marine influences were abundant, but perhaps best portrayed by the nails. Color Club's lead technician, Simcha Whitehill, used three different shades of polish to convey the ocean at different depths: Gossip Column, the darkest shade that symbolized deep waters; Seaside Surf, the turquoise hue that represented “the waves the surfers are in”; and Take Me To Your Chateau, the lightest hue that referenced the waters at the shoreline. 

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Our Top 5 Fashion Week Manicures

New York Fashion Week might have come to an end, but we’re still gushing over our favorite manicures from the fall 2012 shows. We wanted to round up the highlights, so we came up with the five standouts that have inspired us to test out new designs.

Show: threeASFOUR

The Look: Gorgeous lacey, spider web nails by Color Club that were created to match the laser-cut pieces. Lead manicurist Alicia Torello used a specially made dove gray nail art pen to draw tiny stripes back and forth free-hand over the nail, mimicking the unique, romantic feel of lace. 

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Charlotte Ronson’s in a Purple Haze

The Show: Charlotte Ronson

Hair: Jeanie Syfu for TRESemmé

Makeup: Gilbert Soliz for Sephora

Nails: Fleury Rose for Color Club

The Vibe: Uber-chic women of the ’70s. “In that past, the Ronson girl has always had this natural kind of worn, gritty, edginess to it,” said Gilbert Soliz, lead makeup artist from Sephora. “This time, she’s a bit more polished, more refined.” Indeed, it was readily apparent that this season featured a more grown-up gal, complete with a sophisticated red lip and a gorgeous super-dramatic smoky purple eye (achieved using Ronson’s new Dani palette, of course).

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Kissable Couture: Guest Blogger

Dedicated to “what’s in your closet and on your vanity,” Samantha Fodrowski’s blog, Closet Vanity, couldn’t be more perfectly suited to our interests. This week, the busy blogger is lending us her talents and musing on some of our favorite topics like the fashion-forward red lip and au naturel makeup.

1. Kate Spade supercalifragilipstick
2. Dolce and Gabbana lipstick
3. Charlotte Ronson lip gloss
4. Exude lipstick
5. Tom Ford lip color

Forget red-soled heels — these days it’s all about the red lip! Have you noticed that more couture brands have been springing up at the beauty counter lately? Two of the big names to debut makeup lines recently are Tom Ford and Dolce & Gabbana.

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Cool Kid Charlotte Ronson Launches Beauty Line

NYC cool kid Charlotte Ronson is taking the chic downtown ideas behind her mega popular clothing brand to the next level. She’s applying her line’s effortless style to beauty with a cosmetics collection set to launch exclusively at Sephora on September 15. The line has six products — all named after and inspired by Ronson’s close friends and family. The nude lip gloss is Samantha, named after Ronson’s DJ sister; the shimmery eyeshadow is called Nicole, a tribute to BFF Nicole Richie; and other products include a beachy salt spray, a finishing powder, a liquid bronzer, and a blush trio. If these products are anything like her clothing, I’m predicting some serious success. 

—Kara

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