Jill Stuart Nails for Advanced Artists: Guest Blogger

You may have noticed that here at Birchbox, we have a deep, abiding love for all things nails. Which is why nail artist extraordinaire Taryn Multack, a.k.a Miss Ladyfinger, is a great fit as this week’s guest blogger. Multack, who’s spent time working at fashion staples like Oscar de la Renta and W Magazine, uses trends and looks straight from the runway to create gorgeous, imaginative designs for her digits. The most impressive part? She does all of her art while keeping a day job in the fashion world. This week, she teaches us how to make our nails just as fabulous as hers.

The year is winding down and travel season is under way. Whether you’re headed somewhere warm, or claiming real estate next to the fireplace at home, I’ve got the perfect nail art for you. Jill Stuart’s opening look from her spring 2012 line is the a great hybrid design: it hints at spring with a fun Palm Springs motif, yet it’s totally holiday appropriate with its festive red hue. For this advanced tutorial, I used a nail art brush with Choco-Latte by Sally Hansen and Lollipop by Essie.

Click through for a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this Jill Stuart look yourself.

1. Prep your nail with base coat.

2. Apply your nude color to your whole nail.

3. Draw a V at the bottom of your nail using a nail art brush dipped in red polish.

4. Using the photo as a guide, outline a palm tree motif on one half of the nail.

5. Mirror the same design on the other half of the nail.

6. Fill in the design with red.

7. Top off with Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat and you’re all set! Gorgeous Jill Stuart nails ready for a night out on the town.

In the mood for another shade of eye-popping red? Try this polish by Deborah Lippmann.


What’s better than hot dogs, watermelon, fireworks and summer? Not much else, so express your love for America with these patriotic Ladyfingers. 

To get this look, I used Brilliant White by CND, Baker Street by Nails Inc, and red and white by Color Club Nail Art Duo.

To get these ladyfingers:

1. Start with a full white nail

2. Tape off the bottom portion of your nail

3. Paint the exposed section with blue

4. Using a red nail art brush, paint red vertical stripes down the white portion of the nail

5. With the fine point of Color Club’s Nail Art Duo, dot small dots within the blue portion to emulate stars

6. Polish your red lines by painting a thin line of white where the two colors meet

7. Top it off with top coat

Top: Wildfox, Shorts: Levis, Sunnies: Gucci, Rings from Etsy.

Happy 4th of July!!




Miss Ladyfinger at Milly

For New York Fashion Week Fall 2013, we couldn’t have landed a better nail correspondent (put that title on a business card!). Taryn Multack, the genius behind Miss Ladyfinger, initially started her blog as a way to translate fashion trends to manicures. Since those early days, she’s partnered with top designers and brands. She’ll be reporting all of next season’s must-try hues and designs.

Walking into the backstage area before the Milly show, anyone else might have noticed the models. Not me. I spied the holographic pieces of the collection from across the room and immediately started salivating. I went closer for a better look, and there was so much to see. Digitized prints, new fabrications, and the aforementioned holographic items were to die for, so it was no surprise the nail look was a little more subdued.

Michelle Saunders, lead manicurist for Essie, smiled at me as I was envisioning all the nail art I could make from the show. “I know there’s a lot we could have done in the way of nail art for this collection, but we wanted something that would help make the collection shine,” she admitted. The result was Power Clutch by Essie—a dark neutral gray with green undertones—inspired by menswear. 

According to Michelle, picking the right gray is less about skin tone and more about the season. “For spring, you can play with lighter grays, like dove and French grays, but for fall, pick darker ones.” To get the look, apply two coats of Power Clutch and top it with Good to Go by Essie. 


For more Fashion Week 2013 behind-the-scene pics, check out our photo stream.