Nail Files

Just when you thought cool nail art was best left to the pros, Marie Claire asked the world's top experts to create exclusive looks you can do at home (really).

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July 1, 2013 10:30 AM
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Nails By: Hiroko Fujikawa

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The Look: When Tokyo’s cooler-than-cool Mars The Salon opened a satellite location in West Hollywood, California, neighborhood scenesters (Rumer Willis, Busy Philipps) lined up for gel manicures and nail art from owner Fujikawa. These studded tips are a perfect example of her bold, graphic style.

How-To: Brush on two coats of (1) and let dry. Paint top half of each nail with two coats of (2). Let dry. Next, apply studs, such as Born Pretty’s 4 mm Gold Square Studs, $6 per bag. To affix, prep nail with a gel-like clear top coat, such as Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat, $18. while the top coat is still wet, use a pair of tweezers to pick up a stud and place it on the top right corner of the nail. (The top coat acts as glue so it will stick.) Repeat with three more studs, placing them so they form a square.

1. ZOYA Nail Polish in Purity, $8. 2. ZOYA Nail Polish in Kalista, $8.