Here’s the thing: Extreme risks taken on the runway can’t always be applied to your IRL mani (see: Libertine’s three-dimensional, punked-out look complete with the crown jewels). Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t look to the pros for inspiration. Enter: Madeline Poole, Sally Hansen’s global color ambassador, runway manicurist, and all-around nail-art genius, who weighed in on the biggest trends of the season that you can actually achieve at home. Start your summer off right with her DIY suggestions, ahead.
“I was first introduced to this trend in Taiwan and was told it has already become quite popular all over Asia” Poole said. “The idea is that the nail looks as though it is blushing.” To get the look, softly dab a coral lacquer to the center of your nail to create a soft flush that mimics rosy cheeks. “This trend is great for summer because of its lightweight feel and feminine colorway.”
“Circles were seen on the pendants at Etro as well as hardware, ring handles on the bags [at] Chloe, Edie Parker, and many more,” Poole noticed. She translated this trend to her manicure designs, which “is an ideal trend for nail art since the circular shape really lends itself to the shape of the nail and is graphic and simple to create.” She suggests using a ball head pin or the end of an eraser as a DIY dotting tool to keep your circles uniform in size.
“Free-form negative space designs are easy, expressive, and great for runway because they can be quickly executed,” Poole said. She lists Proenza Schouler, Vera Wang, Rodarte, and Novis all employing this minimalist design trend, and suggests to “go bold with the design for maximum visual impact.” Freehand your look with white polish onto a bare nail for a vanilla look that is anything but boring.
“Spring 2017 NYFW was filled with color,” Poole added. “The vivid colors and signature shoulder pads of the ’80s sprinkled the runways in New York and London.” Poole and the Sally Hansen Team gave both Monse and 3.1 Phillip Lim gradient nails for the SS17 runway shows, extending the life of last year’sombré nail. But to update the trend, Poole suggests applying a surprising color combination: teal, magenta, and hot pink.
Rainbow stripes are a no-brainer for summer — plus, Poole’s taking notes from the technicolor runways at Marc Jacobs, Fendi, and Altuzarra. “When painting your nails with a striped look, start with the most sheer and light color first,” Poole recommends. For those who aren’t about perfectly straight lines, Poole also suggested “choosing 4 or 5 different shades from the ’80s revival palette and layering them by using a striping brush to create […] random order and coloration.” The irregularity will give you a painterly finish and mask any mistakes too.