Models wore long, almond-shaped nails accented with pyramid studs for Kate Spade’s Fall 2013 presentation. This manicure was created using two coats of Deborah Lippmann Fade To Black ($17, lippmanncollection.com), a vinyl record black. A pyramid stud was then strategically placed 1/8 of an inch above the cuticle, in the center of each nail.
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Lead manicurist Katie Hughes created an intricate, embellished gem party nail look for Libertine’s Fall/Winter 2013 Collection. She used Butter London Marbs (available Summer 2013), a golden hue, and then placed crystals, which appeared on designs that walked the runway, cascading down the nail.
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Simcha Whitehill created this retro “picture frame” nail art look by first painting the entire nail with dark polish, Color Club’s Where’s The Soiree Polish. She painted over the nail with the lighter shade so only a thin stripe of darkness was left.
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Michelle Saunders created a chic and edgy “oil slick” using five different polish shades. To get the look, a small dot of Essie’s As Gold As It Gets, Penny Talk, Go Overboard, Blue Rhapsody, and Aruba Blue (each $8, essie.com) were each applied to the nail, starting with the darkest shade. To finish, manicurists swirled the colors together with a thin paintbrush and a layer of top coat. Watch our video on Vine for a look at the process in action.
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Casey Herman applied Rococo Nail Apparel 24kt Gold Leaf Lacquer ($48, beauty.com) over a natural nail, and arranged the gold flecks into a pattern using the polish bottle’s brush.
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This intricate mani was created using CND Electric Orange with CND Impossibly Plush down one-third of the nail. Waves of teal (CND Blue Rapture), blue (CND Seaside Party), and brown (CND Faux Fur) were hand-painted with a detail brush over the orange side of the nail. To get the look at home, use a fine-tipped nail art pen to draw the zig zags.
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Katie Hughes created a “texture clash” nail look with a matte black base and a glossy black French tip. Manicurists painted nails with Butter London Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black ($15, butterlondon.com) and swiped on Matte Finish Top Coat ($19, butterlondon.com). They added Butter London’s PD Quick Top Coat ($19, ulta.com) on the tips to create a glossy French tip finish.
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The statement nail is here to stay for fall 2013. At Cushnie et Ochs, models wore black Essie Licorice ($8, essie.com) on each finger except the pinky, which got two coats of Essie Good As Gold ($8, nordstrom.com).
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This look turned the traditional moon manicure upside down. Manicurist Honey used Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Onyx Rush ($2.99, target.com) for the black base. Then, she created a slight moon shape near the tip of the nail with Impeccable Greys ($3.99, drugstore.com) and Pedal to the Metal ($2.99, target.com).
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Manicurists prepped models’ nails with Essie First Base base coat ($8, soap.com), and then applied two coats of Essie Nothing Else Metals ($8, nordstrom.com). Nails were finished with Essie Good To Go top coat ($8, soap.com).
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