Girl, it's time to say good riddance to the same boring nails you've been wearing forever. I'm here to convince you to try nail art ideas straight from the runway. Like the bold and colorful makeup looks at NYFW, nails were also way more fun this season. Lots and lots of bright colors, sparkles, squiggly lines, polka dots and more were spotted on manicures backstage. Ahead, the 15 best nail looks you'll want to add to your nail inspo mood board immediately.
Lead manicurist Gina Edwards created a chic soft moon design using a neutral color combo with KISS Nail products. "I wanted to celebrate the fantasy feel of the collection with a fresh, whimsical take on classic nails," she said.
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Celebrity manicurist Miss Pop created this creamsicle twist to a classic french mani with a sherbet orange shade completed with a cute little dot in the center of the nail.
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Paintbox creative director Mabelyn Martin designed a mani minimalists will love, with a partial outline allowing the natural nail to shine through. "Creating a partial outline of the nail with this curvy design gives the nails a sexy edge by exposing the natural nail while slightly framing it with a rich pop of color," she explained. "Natural hand movements reveal both bare shine and an unexpected graphic detail.”
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Manicurist Jin Soon Choi took neutral nails to the next level with a hand-sculpted wired loop on the index and middle nail of each model's hand. The brand called it a "an imaginative twist on the classic nude manicure."
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The Blonds, a show that always wins when it comes to out-of-this-world nail designs, was all about celebrating Moulin Rouge this season. With such an iconic theme, each nail design represented "bohemian elegance" with a whole lot of sparkle and adornments.
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Essie nail artist Betina Goldstein created a "double corner french" to edge up this classic concept using a detail brush and Essie Nail polish in Mademoiselle and Blanc.
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Nail artist Naomi Yasuda made every manicure look like it took a time machine to the 1970's with almond-shaped tips drenched in deep, moody shades.
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"We're leaning into the wild side of the '80s!" Miss Pop said to describe all the primary colors, geometric shapes, and animal at Jeremy Scott. As for the design technique, they're "random splotches" and "squiggles," according to Miss Pop.
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With nail art, sometimes less is more, which was the vibe at Zero + Maria Cornejo this season. "Nail Artist Betina Goldstein created something "fresh and almost playful in its polka dotted simplicity," the brand describes.
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Jin Soon Choi kept the nails effortless and fanciful backstage at Phillip Lim to complement the clothing. A lemon-lime yellow, pink beige, and toffee beige shade were the star shades of the show.
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Celebrity nail artist Lisa Logan used Emilie Heathe nail products to free-hand multicolored stripes with colors that coordinate with the collection. "For the nail look, we wanted to create a look that would pop but not clash with the colors of the collection," Logan says. "The idea, was as the model walks down the runway, you would see see thumbs first that would coordinate and often match the color of the garment she was wearing."
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Dubbed "On the Dot," these nails emanated effortless eclectic functionality with a jet-black base completed with a white polka dot using JinSoon nail polish in Absolute White.
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Manicurist Reta Remark matched each model's manicure to the shoes worn down the runway, which were inspired by the concrete jungle. Remark wanted all of the vivid shades to make “each girl feel like her own person on the runway.”
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"Painterly" was the vibe all-around for backstage beauty at Christian Siriano with makeup and nails. This painterly french tip was paired with a sparkly party for a "futuristic finish." Lead nail artist Julie Kandalec used Essie Silver Glitter Effects for this disco nail.
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"When I met with Bibhu, he showed me the collection and discussed diversity and inclusivity," Nail artist Naomi Yasuda said. "This collection was very youthful and colorful but still classy." They decided to create a classic French manicure but to use five different colors to match the entire collection and make it even more playful by adding a crystal embellishment.
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