The nail look at Alexander Wang this season was a classic Wang nude with a twist; the topcoat was glossy, as opposed to their usual matte. "The nails look pretty, which is the first time I've been able to say that working with Wang over the last three seasons," says Rita Remark, global nail artist for Essie, who keyed the show. "There is this really undeniably clean, feminine finish to them." Two coats of Essie Topless & Barefoot were applied to nails and feet, followed by Essie Speed Setter Top Coat. The models own nail shapes were left as they were. "This is a chameleon colour," says Remark. "I want to keep some personality in the nails."
At Rebecca Minkoff's see-now-buy-now show, Essie nail artist Michelle Saunders created a cat eye for the nail. It has the same elongating effect on the nails as winged liner has on the eye, says Saunders. "Something happens when you look at the pupil, there is an illusion of length," she explains. To get the look, apply two coats of Girlie Grunge as the base shade. Dressed to the Nineties was used to create the "pupil" with a stippling brush, but a less-steady hand could also use tape.
"I didn't like glitter until two months ago, but now I'm obsessed," Miss Pop told us backstage at Jeremy Scott. To create the "glitter comet" look, she used spirit gum, a theatrical glue used for adhering facial prosthetics (NB: eyelash glue works just as well). "Paint each finger one at a time, applying glue up to the knuckle," she explains. Then take ultra-fine cosmetic-grade glitter, and use a brush to apply it around the cuticle, tapping it down the finger for a faded effect. "It will take a few minutes to dry," she says. The nail beds were painted in either Hot Pop Pink or Electric Orange, and then finished with a matte or glossy topcoat coming out in the CND Creative Play collection for spring 2018.