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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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Geometric Versailles-Inspired Nails at Rachel Antonoff

How cool are these geometric nail decals at Rachel Antonoff's presentation? Nail expert Candice Manacchio of CND designed them to evoke an aerial view of a garden maze at Versailles. She started off by painting the nails with Brilliant White polish, then added squares of Green Scene mixed with Blackjack. Finally, she glued on hardware studs painted Antique Bronze. The results are “playful yet sophisticated,” in keeping with the off-beat country club vibe of Antonoff’s collection.

—Mai

Don’t miss the rest of our NYFW Spring 2013 coverage.

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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Luminescent Smokey Eyes at Rachel Antonoff

The show: Rachel Antonoff

Makeup: Keri Blair for M.A.C. Cosmetics

Hair: Jenny Balding for Cutler Salon

Nails: Candice Manacchio for CND

The vibe: Dreamy moon maiden. Rachel Antonoff is known for her hyper-cute aesthetic, but her latest collection is a foray into more grown-up territory. The nocturnal vibe of her presentation (the setting was a pier at night) translated into the models’ sophisticated eye makeup. Layers of overlapping brown and gold shadows created a multi-dimensional effect that mimicked light reflecting on water. “I wanted to build a transparent look with sheer layers of color,” lead makeup artist Keri Blair explained.

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Rachel Anotonoff Does A Spooky Dollhouse For Spring

Pictures from Rachel Antonoff’s Spring 2012 presentation

I love the juxtaposition of innocence and decay,” says designer Rachel Antonoff about the inspiration for her Spring 2012 collection, which she showed earlier today. Indeed, every detail echoed her Minnie Mouse-meets-Beetle Juice theme, from the creepy black-and-white illustrations and haunted house-like backdrop to the girls themselves, who were draped in Antonoff’s sweet designs, but made up to look like pale antique dolls.

"We wanted to make them look not quite like themselves by adding a pallor effect to their face," says Keri Blair, the MAC senior artist who oversaw the makeup direction backstage. She and her team achieved the look by mixing a regular MAC foundation color that matched each girl’s skin tone with MAC’s White Face + Body Foundation. Adding a little more spooky into the equation, artists drew exaggerated brows on each girl and then used brow gel to make the hairs stick straight up. “We also decided to not do any mascara,” says Blair. “We wanted them to look a little distressed.”

But it wasn’t all ghoulish, thanks to the ever-so-slight rosy flush on the models. Blair demonstrated the pretty cream blush she was using, Pink Shock, and explained how they wanted to add just a minimal touch of color to the apples of the cheeks to bring back that element of sweetness. I am a sucker for anything magenta so naturally I went poking around online only to find it’s near impossible to locate. This gives me a good reason to visit the nearest MAC store stat (as if I needed an excuse).

—Meredith

MAC’s Pink Shock hue reminds us a lot of stila’s hot pink Custom Color blush!