Put down the oversized crystals, and step away from the 3D Hello Kitty heads---the nail game at New York Fashion Week continues to go strong, but in lieu of extra embellishments, designers have been opting for the minimalist effects seen at Tracy Reese (left) and Prabal Gurung (right). "Finally, people got my idea!" exclaims lead manicurist Jin Soon, who created the deep blue on grey effect at Prabal Gurung. "I've been saying it forever---keep your nail art simple, and bring your own style to it. People try to bring 3D elements or stiletto shapes to it, but who can really handle that? Also, you have to think, is it going with the fashion statement?"
The pro's goal was to balance and complement the designer's wide color palette and textured fabrics---not distract from them---so she lacquered all ten nails up in the grey Concrete Jungle hue from his upcoming Sally Hansen collaboration, then applied a thin swipe of navy down the center of three digits using a striping brush. "Some striping brushes are tapered on the ends, so what I do is cut off the point to make it straight. That way, you can do it in one swipe," she adds. Though the exact shades won't hit stores until the fall, we're loving the idea, and the pattern is one that can be paired with any two colors already in your nail arsenal.
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