Late one night while randomly browsing the interwebs, I came across a fantastic image of beautiful nails matching a pair of Steve Madden studded loafers. Intrigued, I started digging for more and it appeared that for over a year now, the US shoe brand Steve Madden have been collaborating with Nailing Hollywood ‘s celebrity nail artists. Namely, Jenna Hipp, Karen G, Stephanie Stone and Madeline Poole who have been producing incredible nail designs inspired by Steve Madden shoes, bags and even sunglasses. Lace and studs, nail wraps and foils, glitter and matte… the girls have nailed it!
So, next time you’re lacking some nail-spiration, have a closer look into your shoe-robe.
Surprise, surprise! Another fashion inspired nail design is here for your viewing pleasure. Marc Jacobs is one of the most influential fashion creatives. He is the genius behind the eponymous label, Marc Jacobs and a creative director of Louis Vuitton since 1997. What he shows one year is likely to become a major fashion trend the next. For instance, Marc Jacobs is the one to blame for the ubiquitous black and white check and thick stripe patterns that are now in retail shops.
Speaking of today’s nail art, it was also inspired by the gorgeous blue shade of Bio Sculpture Prince. This fine blue glitter polish was too beautiful to put away in our stash so it’s been sitting, gleaming on our office table for ages. We just needed to come up with an idea that would show it’s beauty to the full. As soon as we saw an image of the Marc Jacobs yellow with blue sequinned stripes ensemble on Pinterest we knew we had the beginnings of a great nail art idea!
So the beauty of Prince, genius of Mr Jacobs and our curious imagination produced this nail design! Scroll down for a quick how-to.
To paint the blue stripes in the middle of each finger – use striper brush and follow the same technique as shown in this tutorial.
For accent thumb nails, paint the blue stripe in a single stroke the middle of the nail. Attach studs immediately.
Seal your manicure with one or two layers of top coat.
How do you like this design, lovelies? Will you be trying it? Or, have you ever done any fashion inspired nails? Either way, we’d love to see it! Instagram or Tweet photos of your nails by tagging them #sonailicous.
The Marni inspired fashion nails were the second nail design I did for MBFWA. They were inspired by this Marni bag and a J.W.Anderson design. For something different I did the opposite colour combination on my left hand. See!? Evidence that I can do nail art on both hands.
I must admit I was a bit too optimistic to think I could do a new nail design every day during Australian Fashion Week. The busy schedule didn’t leave time for that so I ended up with only two designs which I matched to my outfits. The previously shown tribal nails were a part of this outfit, and the Marni nails were part of this look.
Both nail designs were a great success! They were a real conversation starter and got photographed by street style photographers and make up artists more than my face! I didn’t mind considering I’m not responsible for creating my face but I did create these nail designs!
If you want to know how to do these Marni nails, scroll down for a quick how to!
Paint one hand in 2 coats of opaque black polish and another in 2 coats of white polish. Let it dry.
Using striping tape, first attach equally spaced horizontal stripes on all nails. Next, place vertical evenly spaced striping tape vertically to form the grid pattern.
Seal your design with a top coat.
Used: Revlon 731 Knockout, Sally Hansen 300 White On, black & white striping tape, Essie top coat.
Note:The striping tape nail art technique used to create these nails is explained in detail with step-by-step pictorial instructions in our nail art book. So if you’d like to learn how to execute striping nail art flawlessly with a professional finish our“30 Easy Nail Designs & Tutorials” e-book is for you.
Let me share exciting news with you my dear readers, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA 2013) is starting next week! We’ll be there reporting to you on the hottest nail trends of the new season. Not only will we be attending some of the best Australian designer’s shows, we’ll be covering backstage too!
So today’s manicure is our nail art for the first day of the fashion week. We’re planning to do different nail designs everyday (well, at least we hope so!) to match our outfits. In case you don’t know we also run a fashion blog, so it all comes together perfectly during the fashion weeks – fashion, outfits and nail art! As for the nail art itself, our first design was inspired by Margarita Missoni prints and it took over an hour to do! Crazy!!! This is the most time consuming nail art we’ve ever done. But it’s fashion week after all, the best time to get creative and go wild with your nails (and outfits!).
In case, you’re curious how to do these nails: first, paint your base – like this and let it dry. Then draw all the patterns – dots, lines and zigzags. We used toothpick to draw zigzags and dots and lines with a nail art brush.
So, next week SoNailicious will be all about fashion and nails. You’ll be the first to see the freshest MBFWA runway nail looks as we’ll be posting updates as we go, daily. Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Instagram for real time reports and exclusive photos.
Stay tuned and stay polished, lovelies! MBFWA 2013, here we come!