We are huge fans of nail art here at tFS and the trend has taken a shift toward minimal, thanks to the Spring 2015 runways. The muted take on nail art doesn’t have to mean boring. It’s just as eye-catching as a bright mani — and the best part is that it’s extremely easy to recreate. Beloved manicurist extraordinaire Jin Soon Choi of Jin Soon was backstage for Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2015 show, painting up a storm using Prabal Gurung’s Sally Hansen collection that is going to be released in the spring. Even though we have to wait some time before we can get our hands on the polishes used for the show, this manicure can be done with any color, making it the nail art of choice for any occasion. Here’s how to nail the look:
- Start by prepping nails and hands. This means basic filing, buffing and some pushing back of the cuticles.
- Apply a base coat. Our favorite is Orly Bonder ($10), it has a grip-like finish that will ensure long-lasting lacquer.
- Using your color of choice, apply a swipe of polish on the left or right side of the nail. For best results, the swipe should be about one-third the size of your nail.
- Grab your nail art kit — butter LONDON’s Nail Art Kit ($30) has every tool you could possibly need — and using the fan brush, feather out the polish horizontally to create the painting effect.
- Repeat steps two to four on each nail and then finish off the look with Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat ($18). Top coats with a gel-like formula will have nails looking shiny and chip free for over a week.