While I was in NYC, my eyes were definitely on the fashion and the fabulous makeup trends on display for New York Fashion Week. But it’s only since I’ve been back home and able to check out the tiny, magical details that will go beyond the runway, into spas and salons around the country. Backstage at every Fashion Week show, manicurists are working feverishly on the fingernails of models. Check out the coolest, most unique nailpolish trends from this year’s New York Fashion Week!

Glitter Galore

If you’ve been reading this blog and seeing my Monday manicures, you know – I LOVE me some glitter nails. And these blingy digits seen backstage at Jeremy Scott’s show deliver the GOODS!

Celebrity nail technician Pattie Yankee and the Dashing Diva nail tech team brought this backstage magic to life. How do you do an at home ‘Glitter’ manicure? It’s easy:

1. Apply nail glue all over the nail
2. Dip or sprinkle nails with glitter of your choice
3. Top coat is optional, for a ‘rough-around the edges’ look like Jeremy Scott’s, do not apply! (Photos by Ann Lawlor)

Caviar Nails

Seriously, how fierce are these? These special nails were created at the designers, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, request. Pattie Yankee used seed beads from the designers’ collection. At the show, models wore all five nails covered in black “caviar.” But I’m thinking caviar could make a really chic accent nail, and who says you need to do traditional caviar colors? Iridescent blue or purple beads would look AMAZING too.

How do you do an at home “caviar” nail?
1. Apply 2 coats of Dashing Diva’s Limo Service Polish
2. Apply nail glue all over the nail
3. Dip nails into black seed beads
4. Sprinkle with black glitter
5. Apply and activator spray to adhere

To The Point

I saw it first hand (pun intended) backstage at NYFW – pointy nails remain in style, carrying over from September. Recently on Bellasugar a celeb was spotted rocking the trend, and Refinery29 highlighted it as a Fall fashion week trend last year. Although the shape might be impractical for everyday wear, the “stiletto” nails do make an impact and I would totally rock this shape if I could grow my nails long enough to get the shape right! Photo above, via Refinery29.

In The Nude

When it comes to nail color, IMO MORE is more. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a pale pink or nude nail kind of girl. But as seen on several runways this past fashion week, nude nails are going to be HUGE this year. And the look can be extremely flattering, making for clean, pretty hands that work as a perfect accent for bold jewelry or a bright outfit. For example, see backstage at Erin Fetherston, where models wore Dashing Diva’s Picnic in the Park polish – a shimmery, sheer pink that just looks pretty, clean and feminine. Photo courtesy Dashing Diva.

French Twist

Say farewell to ye olde French manicure. I’ve recently seen nail experts give the gasface to people requesting traditional French tips (or even worse, rocking a stick-on French manicure). If you like the look and want to be current, switch up your accent color from traditional white to something outrageous. Backstage at Tibi, the look was all about neon pink, and I think this is SUPER cute for summer. Or for a vacation, someplace warm.

One of a Kind

Unique, statement making nails also made waves this fashion week, according to Allure Magazine! Oh WAIT, they were talking about and linking to MY NYFW nails by Chicago’s own talented artist/manicurist Spifster. Thanks for the shoutout, Allure! And thanks again to Spifster for getting my fingers some attention!

Those are the top nail trends at New York Fashion Week, bellas! Which would you be most likely to rock IRL?



Sheryl says:
February 17, 2011, 8:24 am
OMG what is going on with that model in the first picture? I'm not liking that picture, I think makeup should bring out a person's beauty not destroy it! I can't be positive on it, it simply ugly an offensive how they portrayed her.
bella says:
February 17, 2011, 9:15 am
Really Sheryl? Jeremy Scott was all about bright makeup this season. I loved the contrast of her skintone with the bright colors used on all of his models: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/17/photos-of-the-moment-jeremy-scott-3/?smid=tw-nytimesstyle&seid=auto
dee says:
February 17, 2011, 10:15 am
Actually I do agree with Sheryl for only one reason. That woman is beautiful and I had to look UNDER the makeup to see that. Now I loves me some bright colors and I don't think the choices were wrong but her face looks to be uneven(which I would think they would adjust with makeup) and is that a trick of the light or is the lower lid eyeliner different on her eyes? It was much more successful on the other models, but I'm going to assume it's just a bad photo.
Rocquelle says:
February 17, 2011, 3:35 pm
I REALLY like the caviar nails, to the point, and one of a kind! Wonder if I can do caviar on pointy nails...hhhmmmm lol **Rocquelle** www.considermelovely.com Twitter: @ConsiderMeLuvly
Nikstar says:
February 17, 2011, 4:10 pm
OoOoo! Glad I stocked up nude polishes. I ditched the french tip manicure a while ago and I'm glad I did so! Lately, I've been really into gel manicures, cause they help my nails grow!
bella says:
February 17, 2011, 8:49 pm
ooooh yes!! That would be HOT!
Keebo says:
February 17, 2011, 9:01 pm
IDK It's not about the specific model's beauty but more about the overall look they were going for....to display their clothes and trends.
Nikita says:
February 17, 2011, 10:30 pm
Jason Wu had a fabulous two toned manicure. I featured it in a post on my blog: nikitashanel.blogspot.com
Sheryl says:
February 18, 2011, 12:54 pm
Yes, 'Bella and sorry I didn't express my entire thought and Dee did pick up on what I was trying to say: the problem is how the photographer portrayed the model's skintone, it looks as if she fought her way through a house fire! I LOVE makeup as much as you do but again, there are some trends not worth translating into the REAL world and that's one of them. I checked out your link and ALL the models look like clowns. And I've seen your makeup and it's classy not clownish. Bright lips or a hint of bright eyes but not both!
tasmania fishing says:
September 2, 2011, 6:12 am
Great Nail paint pictures and shades.You have suggested a nice tip of double coats and also like idea of nail glue. thanx for sharing the different shades.....
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