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NYFW Fall 2014 Beauty: How to take a better nail photos


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Model Diana Moldovan working her hands at Cushnie et Ochs. Images courtesy Imaxtree.

How good are your #nailfies? Your #nelfies? I’m not sure if I just did something bad. A #nailfie? Nelfie? It’s like a #belfie or more commonly, a #selfie, but for your nails. I’m sorry? Language abuse aside, taking snapshots of our manicures is crazy popular right now, but there’s room for improvement in the art direction and making your mani look its best.

I talked to Jin Soon Choi several times throughout my tenure at NYFW Fall 2014 about all things nail related. This woman is a highly reputable nail artist in the world of fashion (The New York Times labelled her “The Nail Guru”, yet remains so humble and warm (i.e. hugs you at every show, compliments you on your nails, asks how you’re doing and sounds like she truly means it, ect) so bumping into her is always a pleasure. This season she worked on several shows including Vera Wang, Prabal Gurung, Michael Kors, Marchesa, Karen Walker and Rag & Bone. Here, Jin’s simple and smart tricks for your best #nailfies/#nelfies yet.

1. Oil it up. “Use a tiny drop of cuticle oil before you take a nail photo. You can also apply a topcoat before that if you want extra shine.”

2. Flat line. “Unless you are holding them against your face (like Diana did, above—but really, we don’t recomm, you should always put your fingers down flat and make your fingers very straight. When you bend the fingers, the nail can look funny. If you want to bend your hands, try holding a nail polish bottle. I take lots of photos that way.”

3. Know your angles. “Angle is also very important too. Try different angles before you post it. You can face it on an angle too. Make sure you have a good angle

4. Two hands or one? “It depends on your prop. If your prop is really crazy, one hand looks elegant. Sometimes when I shoot both hands I don’t show all the fingers—you don’t have to.”

5. Flip it and reverse it: “When you have a really crazy design, make your background  simple, so your nail art can pop. If your nail look is less crazy, you can try a graphic background. The colour shouldn’t match your nails because it will blend too much—always contrast. No matchy matchy!”

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Our February Cover: The nail scoop


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Do you like our February cover? What can we say, we’re pretty much in love…especially with those metallic nails. We caught up with Michelle Saunders, NYFW Essie Lead Artist & Celebrity Manicurist, who created the look for our cover star Kate Mara. 

Essie GoodasGold Our February Cover: The nail scoop

“After working closely with our stylist and offering several nail colour choices on a colour wheel, we decided that an icy metallic would be the best choice for Kate. The colour I used is called ‘Good As Gold’ and it’s in the ‘Mirrored Metallics’ collection from Essie. Sometimes a dense metallic acts as an elegant neutral against textured garments. I always start with First Base base coat and finish with Good to Go top coat by Essie.”

Would you wear a gold manicure like Kate?

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Beauty trends: What does your nail colour say about you?


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Colour meanings are iconic symbols for characters in books, music (Taylor Swift’s Red, for example), movies and more. But what does a nail polish say about your character? Keep these nail colour meanings from Melissa Forrest—Sally Hansen Nail Expert for Toronto’s Page One Management—in mind the next time you reach for your go-to bottle of polish. Trust us–they work!

Designer inspiration:
Costello Tagliapietra Fall 2013 (above)
Polish to use: Revlon Sparkle Nail Polish
The meaning: “Because sparkle catches the light, this type of nail is definitely for the woman who doesn’t mind being the center of attention,” says Forrest. (The perfect New Year’s Eve nail look for an adventurous personality type.)

Find out what your nail colour says about you right after the jump…
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