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).

By Jennifer Goldstein

July 1, 2013 10:30 AM
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Nails By: Sophy Robson

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The Look: A regular behind the scenes on advertising shoots for Tom Ford and Céline, Robson can certainly do simple and elegant, but her cool-girl clients (Alexa Chung, Kylie Minogue) are always game for something fly. This confection was inspired by a street-style picture Robson saw of a woman in pink trousers and a green bomber jacket. "The color combination caught my imagination—I'm loving sugary pink nails at the moment."

How To: Brush on two coats of (1) and let dry. Next, use a small nail-art brush dipped in (2) to paint curved slivers on both corners of each nail, and allow to dry. with a striping brush dipped in (3), draw thin lines along the edge of the curved slivers. FYI: ASP Nail Art 4 Pack Brush Set, $15, contains small nail-art brushes and a striping brush.

1. ORLY Nail Lacquer in Basket Case, $9. 2. COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Pink-finity (140), $5. 3. REVLON Nail Art Neon Nail Enamel in Fluorescent, $9.

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