One of our favorite things about Fashion Week is catching a glimpse of all the trendsetting nail colors and nail art on the models as they walk the runway. After all, we might not be able to afford all those designer gowns and shoes, but we can get fashion-forward fingertips at home—especially this season, when the nail art trends are leaning toward simple and sleek.
Here are three of spring’s biggest nail art looks that even nail art novices can easily master at home:
The Half-Moon Mani
Half-moon manis (also called “the reverse French”) have been around for decades, but came back in a big way on the Fashion Week Spring 2014 runways, ushering forth a resurgence in this timeless nail art look. For a modern spin, we love the contrast of a stark white crescent and a bright or neon shade on the rest of the nail.
To get this look, start with a base coat and allow to dry. Then apply one or two coats of Brigitte and let dry. Using tape, French tip guides, or (our favorite DIY tip) paper hole reinforcement stickers, place a sticker over the base of each nail. Gently sweep one or two coats of Phoebe onto the bottom portion of each nail. Make sure to let these coats dry completely before you peel off your guides. Then, finish with a top coat. We love this unique, eye-catching nail look because it’s quick, easy, and you can do it in endless color combinations.
Minimalist Black & White
Black and white graphic prints are a huge trend this season, and we saw this translated onto nails on the spring runways as well, from Tibi in New York to Kenzo in Paris. A simple black and white mani is the perfect way to make a bold graphic impact with very few steps, and there’s lots of room to experiment. A white base makes a great blank canvas for practicing your nail art skills, whether it’s with tiny pin dots, singular stripes, or, as we’ve created above, chic chevrons.
To get this look, apply a base coat and let it dry. Then apply two coats of Brigitte, letting each dry completely before applying the next. (If your nail art skills are advanced, you can freehand the next step.) For the chevrons, apply two crisscrossing pieces of tape to each nail, leaving a triangular space exposed at the tip of each nail. Gently swipe one or two coats of Jet onto the tip of each nail. Allow to fully dry, remove the tape, and seal with a top coat.
A full-on glitter nail is always a “do” in our book. But this season, we’re loving the way that a single, sparkly stripe looks on an otherwise bare nail: it’s that perfect blend of easy-breezy and glammed up. Plus, delicate glitter accents were also a major trend on the spring runways, with designers like Prabal Gurung and Jenny Packham adding that “just enough” touch of sparkle to their models’ fingertips.
For this look, start with filed, shaped, and gently buffed nails. Since most of the nail will be exposed, you want them to look their best. Apply a clear base coat and allow to dry. Then, use two pieces of tape to create a stencil on each nail where you’d like your stripe to be. You can also freehand this look if you want; glitter is generally more forgiving, and if the line isn’t perfect, it just adds to the laid-back, fun vibe of this look. We created a mix of single horizontal and vertical stripes, but you could mix it up even further with diagonal stripes, glitter tips, or multiple stripes going in any direction. Channel your inner artist and have fun with it!
For our glitter stripes, we used Tania. A multidimensional glitter formula is ideal for this look, because the different-sized glitter chunks help create the look of a cohesive line. Apply one or two coats depending on your preference, and allow to dry before you remove the tape. Seal with a top coat, and you’re done!