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!
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Kate Spade: Cap toe shoes were the inspiration for Deborah Lippmann's punchy color-block design at Kate Spade. (Photo: Tom Newton)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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.
Perfectly Imperfect Makeup by Bobbi Brown at TIBI
Saturday evening at Pier 59, Bobbi Brown Lead Makeup Artist Kimberly Soane called the Tibi girl “urban and confident.” The makeup was meant to look like the models did it themselves, imperfect and slightly smudged—”almost like they’ve tried to wipe it away.” We’re loving the heavily lined lower lash line. According to Soane, the trick to pulling the look off is to line the upper lashes as well, only using a thinner line up top. “Liner on the top and bottom opens the eye. Liner on the bottom only drags the eye down.”
Also making an appearance backstage: Fashion Week manicurist extraordinaire Jin Soon Choi, using new polishes from her JINsoon line. Models wore shimmery shades of grey, green, red, and black with a matte topcoat “Matte Maker” over the top. The contrast of the shimmer and matte gave nails a dimensional, velvet appearance. According to Choi, she was inspired to shift away from her traditional high-gloss manicures by TIbi designer Amy Smilovic’s designs that combined color and utility.
Catch up on all the Birchbox editors’ backstage snapshots on the Birchbox NYFW site.
What’s missing in the latest nail polish formulas? Nothing that you’re going to miss. (Photo: about.com)
When nail polish was first created in France in the 1920’s, the formula was an adapted version of the glossy enamel used on cars. Eep! Thankfully, the formulas have come a long way since then. Over the past few years, we’ve seen many “3-free” formulas that omit harmful dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, and formaldehyde. The next step: 5-free polishes, which are made without formaldehyde resin and camphor. Click through for more on these two toxic ingredients and for a list of our favorite 5-free brands!
Last week, we told you about celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi’s first polish line, JINsoon. Now we’ve got your first look at the entire collection! Yesterday, we got to see the polishes in person and had a chance to talk to Choi herself. Let’s just say we’re even more excited for their launch at Space NK this September. Choi, who’s been in the business for over 20 years, has actually been working on the collection on and off for five years. Read on for Choi’s inspiration behind the polishes PLUS the details on their names: