manicure muse

MANICURE MUSE: Custo Barcelona AW'12

“It’s a fusion of colors, graphics and materials,” said Custo Dalmau of his eclectic Fall collection. There was no shortage of everything under the sun. The collection included fringe, fur, sequins, prints, lame and leather (say that three times fast), but somehow it all worked. Eye-popping color radiated off the models, who were an after-thought to the clothes. Shown here is my favorite look from the show. 

To recreate, I used Case Study by Essie, Royal by Love & Beauty, Blingtastic Gem Crush by Sally Hansen, and White and Black by Color Club.

To get these Ladyfingers:

1. Start with a taupe colored base

2. Apply a line of metallic blue down the center of your nail

3. Once dry, layer blue glitter on top of the blue line

4. Using a white nail art brush, draw two lines on either side of your nail 

5. Using a black nail art brush, apply two small diagonal lines on either side of the blue connecting to the white vertical lines

6. Fill in a small amount of black at the very top on either side of the blue

7. Top it off with Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat 


MANICURE MUSE: Peter Som Resort ‘13

For those of you who fancy lace, you’ll love Peter Som’s Resort '13 collection. For me, it’s always been a tricky fabric to wrap my head around. Somehow I gravitate towards the bold and graphic, and steer clear of vintage frill. With that said, Peter Som has made me a believer. The collection as a whole is a wanderlust trip to Morocco, described by Som as “nomad-chic.” The shades of blue in Moroccan-inspired prints are a trip themselves, but it’s how he translates them into his signature tailoring that keeps the collection grounded and new. Demure Chantilly lace makes a breathtaking statement because of it’s fine craftsmanship, but its the bold-colored lace that makes the Ladyfinger statement. 

To emulate this look, I used Trout Pout by Butter London, Baby Blue Color Club Nail Art Duo, and a black Sally Hansen nail art pen. 

To get these ladyfingers: 

1. Start with a full light pink nail

2. With a light blue nail art pen or brush, draw an “X” in squiggles and loops

3. Using your black nail art pen, draw squiggles and loops in a triangle shape with the point facing towards the center

4. Repeat on the other side

5. Top it off with top coat

(Photo: c/o Peter Som)

MANICURE MUSE: Valentino Resort ‘13

Minutes after the Valentino Resort '13 collection posted online, Valentino took over my twitter feed. Not only was the fashion twitter world abuzz about the collection, but my best friend was too. I received frantic incoming texts begging me to do a Valentino-inspired nail design because it was the “most feminine collection she had ever seen.” So Alex, this one’s for you: The Resort collection is a breath-taking change from the brand’s dark black Fall collection. The designers paid homage to the haute 60s. It’s not retro, though. The is a real-world, modern age take on Hollywood glamour. Bursting in candy-colored floral lace, demure silhouettes and perfect party frocks steal the show. 

To emulate this look, I used How Romantic by L'Oreal, Ladies in the Limelight from the Kardashian Kollection for Nicole by OPI, Chiffon Chic by Maybelline’s Color Show, and Bikini So Teeny by Essie. 

To get these ladyfingers:

1. Start with a nude nail

2. Using a paper towel or sponge and a paper plate, dab lime green in various spots on your nail

3. Repeat with light blue

4. Repeat with light pink

5. Top it off with Seche Vite’s Fast Dry Top Coat


MANICURE MUSE: Nanette Lepore Spring ‘12

One thing I strongly believe in is neon, so you can imagine my excitement attending Nanette Lepore’s runway show in September. Neon lace, neon crop tops… it was neon heaven. [Side note: even the live band donned head-to-toe neon.] Also noteworthy was this super cute mixed striped jacket. To emulate, I used World’s End by Topshop, Shirley Temple by Mattese Elite, and True Blue Instant Artist by Orly. 


MANICURE MUSE: Just Cavalli Resort ‘13

ATTENTION: Wallflowers need not apply. The Just Cavalli Resort '13 collection is not for the timid and meek. This collection makes a bold statement with hot tropical and animal print in simple silhouettes. Clearly influenced by hip-hop culture it’s easy to close your eyes and picture M.I.A. rocking the neon cheetah bomber and revved up baseball hat. I love everything about this collection. It’s loud. It has attitude, and even more importantly, the options for nail art are endless. Although it was difficult to refrain from my own personal ladyfinger print explosion, I took a deep breath and chose this psychedelic body con dress to start. 

To emulate this look, I used Carnaby Street by Nails Inc, Flying High by China Glaze and white, hot pink, blue, and black by Color Club Duo.

To get these ladyfingers:

1. Start with a full yellow nail

2. Using teal, paint the corners of your nail so the tip forms in the center

3. With a black nail art pen/brush paint vertical stripes down the yellow portion

4. Continue by making 2-3 diagonal lines along the teal

5. Layer strokes of color to create a feather-like effect (start with white, then blue, then pink, and finish with black)

6. Top it off with top coat


MANICURE MUSE: Moschino Resort ‘13

Sport is no longer its own retail category. Even though Moschino is known for retro 60s silhouettes and signature soft bows, it has embraced sport for Resort '13 with nylon tech fabrics works into collarless moto jackets and structured a-line skirts. Most notable is the electric poppy print splattered onto classic dresses, jackets, and shorts. The black grounded print is seasonless and flirty with the bright neon colors. 

To emulate this look, I used Black Taxi and St. John’s Wood by Nails Inc, Mitzi by Zoya, and  Poolside Party, All Eyes on Me! by NCLA.

To get these ladyfingers: 

1. Start with a full black nail

2. Using a dotter tool (or bobby pin), dot small green dots to paint your first flowers

3. Repeat using peach and lavender letting the flowers overlap 

4. Dot small dots of black in the center of each flower to polish the look

5. Top it off with Seche Vite’s Fast Dry Top Coat


MANICURE MUSE: Prabal Gurung Resort ‘13

One might look at Prabal Gurung’s Resort '13 collation and wonder how, aside from the eye-catching electric aqua and tomato red colors, it might translate into nail art. As one of my all-time favorite shows of the Resort season, I was determined to take on the challenge. Because the collection was inspired by Canadian sculptor Aaron Moran’s wood-blocking sculptures, I could easily capture the iconic bold striking lines and sharp tailoring. This dress in particular sums up the youthful vibe of this bold collection with the mixing of graphic elements with a hint of floral.

To emulate this look, I used Brilliant White by CND, Chiffon Chic and Onyx Rush by Maybelline’s Color Show, Dove by Zoya, Too Too Hot by Essie, a paper plate and a paper towel.

To get these ladyfingers:

1. Start with a full white nail

2. Drop a dollop of light pink polish onto your paper plate

3. Dab your paper towel in the polish and blot it to make sure you have just a subtle amount

4. Dab the polish lightly on your nail

5. Repeat steps ¾ using light gray polish

6. Once dry, paint a red line along the left side of your nail

7. Paint a white line along the right side

8. Using a nail art pen as a guide, draw lines indicating the inside boxes for your black

9. Use a nail art brush to fill in the black boxes

10. Top it off with top coat


MANICURE MUSE: Milly Spring ‘12

You heard it here first: hot rods are back, ladies. Take a moment to re-watch to Grease Lightning’s big win, because fashion is taking a retro turn. Car motifs are turning up everywhere; the most obvious place being Prada’s leather circle skirts (Prada post to come). In a less obvious way, the prints in Milly’s Spring '12 collection seem to have elements of race car flags. Just saying…

Anyway, I love this geometric top- more particularly the blue hue. To emulate I used Blue Collar by Orly, White by Color Club, and a black nail art pen. 


MANICURE MUSE: Thakoon Resort ‘13

If you like frosting, cake and all things sweet, then you’ll love the Thakoon Resort '13 collection. But frill-haters, fear not. The candy-colored palette came by way of sporty chic separates, including boxy tops and voluminous pleated shorts. Also among the assortment, is this mesh and stripe-printed dress paired with this structured blazer. I’ve made a conscious effort to be better about print-mixing this summer and this is the perfect example of how to do it successfully. Love it!

To emulate this look, I used World’s End by Topshop, Too Too Hot by Essie and a Sally Hansen black nail art pen. 

To get these ladyfingers:

1. Paint your full nail blue

2. Using a nail art brush, paint three horizontal red stripes

3. Once dry, draw 3-4 diagonal lines across the nail

4. Repeat going the other direction

5. Top it off with top coat


MANICURE MUSE: Prada Spring ‘12

Well, it was about time the infamous Pink Lady uniform be reinvented… thanks to Prada’s Spring collection. For the Rizzos of the world, turn to the crop tops and leather pencil skirts with hot rod decals. And for wholesome Sandys, Prada serves up pleated frocks in frothy colors. Too many things excite me about this collection. You can definitely look forward to another Prada-inspired Miss Ladyfinger feature…

To emulate this look, I used World’s End by Topshop and Mimosa by Chanel:

1. Paint your whole nail light blue

2. Paint a stroke of yellow, starting from ¼ of the nail down slightly diagonal

3. Paint another diagonal in the other direction

4. Round out the yellow curves with a small brush

5. Use a black nail art pen to follow the curves of the yellow polish leaving a space of light blue in between

6. Top it off with Seche Vite’s Fast Dry Top Coat and voila! 



Balmain simply wouldn’t be Balmain without some lavish jackets and barely-there minis. I’m loving the gold and white embellishment, so with the holidays coming up, this might mean sprinting to the nearest Balmain store. One-way ticket to Paris, please! For this look I used “Got My Groove Back” by Ginger+Liz and a white by Color Club.