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Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 & 'See Now, Buy Now' Fall 2016: Trending in Nails

Jamie Newman | September 15, 2016 | 9:34 AM
GRADIENT at MICHAEL COSTELLO, Spring 2017: Rita Remark for Essie created a design influenced by the collection's theme: the relationship between the light and dark side of femininity. Remark applied a coat of the gilded metallic "good as gold" on models, and then used a latex makeup wedge painted with both "good as gold" and "sole mate" lightly blended together, and tapped quickly onto nails to create a soft ombre effect.
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COLOR BLOCKING at REBECCA MINKOFF, Fall 2016: Michelle Saunders for Essie created a modern twist on a French manicure by creating a color-blocked design in antique pink "go go geisha" and red "maki me happy", both from Essie's fall collection. Ring fingers were first painted the pink hue, and then all others were painted the red. Then, Saunders painted red across the tip of the ring fingers, and pink on the tips of all other fingers. She finished with gel.setter top coat.
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NUDE at BAND OF OUTSIDERS, Spring/Summer 2017: Rita Remark for Essie chose a universally flattering nude polish shade, "limo-scene", that would pop against the designer's collection. The look was topped off with gel setter top coat to add a youthful glow.
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NUDE at SELF-PORTRAIT, Spring 2017: Rita Remark for Essie painted a matte, neutral nail with just a hint of shimmer from the shade "au natural", and topped it off with matte about you top coat, to compliment the neutral shades and bright yellows of designer Han Chong's collection.
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NUDE at ALTUZARRA, Spring/Summer 2017: Julie Kandalec for Essie used the pale pink "hi maintenance" on nails and "a-list" on toes for a sexy, classic red pedicure.
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NUDE at ALEXANDER WANG, Spring 2017: Michelle Saunders for Essie wanted to turn a neutral into a more sanded-down effect, which matched the "surfer chick" beachy vibes of the show's hair design. For this look, Saunders used one coat of "cocktails and coconuts", a neutral with a hint of shimmer, followed by one coat of "au natural". To finish, she used matte top coat to achieve a sandy effect.
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With designers presenting their collections for now and their collections for spring during the same week in September, Fashion Week is a bit more complex than in years' past. But one thing is sure, we're loving the manicure trends were seeing for both the later half of 2016 and the start of 2017, and we can get behind all of them. 


Gradient: The ombre look was elevated with using creme polishes with metallics. Whether it be with two colors or three, gradients are a fun way to use many different hues in a subtle, tie-dye-looking way. 

Color Blocking: More bold than gradients, color blocking incorporates graphic designs and contrasting colors. If your client fears going full-out with this nail art, only use it on one or two nails with a coordinating color on the others. 

Nudes: Rich neutrals elongate fingers and create an effortless compliment to fashion designs. Nail artists played with matte textures, shimmer and a variety of nude tones, making it a trend that is here to stay another season (or two). 

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