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A Close-Up Look at Fashion Month's Best Runway Nails

From matte white to bright half-moons to polka dots, a look at 25 manicures straight off the runway.
  • A Close-Up Look at Fashion Month's Best Runway Nails
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    Photo: Imax Tree
  • Thakoon
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    Photo: Courtesy of Thakoon

    It wasn’t just eyes that got a dose of icy white this month. A coat of Morgan Taylor’s Nail Polish ($4) in Adorned in Diamonds made models’ nails reflective, but still neutral at Thakoon.

  • Opening Ceremony
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    Photo: Courtesy of Estee Lauder

    Nail artist Naomi Yasuda added blue squiggles of acrylic paint over Estee Lauder’s Nail Lacquer ($20) in Blue Blood at Opening Ceremony’s first runway show. You don’t have to hit an art supply store to get the look; just pick up Essie’s Nail Polish ($8) in Avenue Maintain and Sephora’s Nail Art Set ($10).

  • Kate Spade New York
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    Photo: Mark Schafer

    Artists backstage at Kate Spade gave models’ opaque white nails with a metallic silver tip using Deborah Lippmann’s Nail Polish ($18) in Pseudo Silk Kimono and Bad Moon Rising, both out this fall. The final touch was a thin line of either pink, red, or yellow.

  • Marc Jacobs
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    Photo: Imax Tree

    It took over 4,000 crystals to decorate the nails at Marc Jacobs’ show, which nail artists set in place with the brand’s Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18) in Bark! (out this fall).

  • Honor
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    Photo: Courtesy of Deborah Lippmann

    Break out the nail strengthener! The nails for Honor’s show were dubbed “almond-etto,” for their long, slightly-pointy shape. They were painted with Deborah Lippmann’s Nail Polish ($18) in the forthcoming La Vie En Rose, then adorned with Swarovski Elements crystals.

  • Charlotte Ronson
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    Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Ronson

    Models’ white nails were topped with teeny-tiny black polka dots at Charlotte Ronson. Pick up So Easy’s Double Up Detailing and Dotting Nail Brush ($6) and black polish to get the look.

  • Tibi
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    Photo: Courtesy of Tibi

    While you’ve got a nail brush handy you can also master the look from Tibi. Nail artist Jin Soon painted black horizontal and vertical stripes over models’ nails.

  • Zac Posen
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    Photo: Courtesy of Zac Posen

    At Zac Posen, key manicurist Gina Edwards used Morgan Taylor’s Nail Polish ($5) in Coming Up Roses at the base of models’ nails, fading it into the shade Polished Up at the tip.

  • Alexander Wang
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    Photo: Imax Tree

    The nails at Alexander Wang were beige and chalky, thanks to Essie’s Nail Polish ($8) in Sand Tropez and the brand’s Matte About You Top Coat ($10).

  • Peter Som
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    Photo: Zoya

    Nail artists painted a half moon onto models’ nails at Peter Som using Zoya’s Nail Polish ($8) in the forthcoming shades Edie and Alexa, but you can get a similar look now with the colors Wednesday and Rocky.

  • Jenni Kayne
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    Photo: OPI

    Jenni Kayne’s models sported a half-moon design of white and tan at her show, courtesy of OPI’s Nail Polish ($9) in Don’t Pretzel My Buttons and Alpine Snow.

  • Yigal Azrouel
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    Photo: Courtesy of Yigal Azrouel

    A black-tipped nude manicure isn’t new, but it got a modern update at Yigal Azrouel: Nail artists applied one coat of nude polish under Morgan Taylor’s Mattes a Wrap ($9) before adding a glossy black swipe.

  • Zero Maria + Cornejo
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    Photo: Beauty.com

    At Zero + Maria Cornejo nail artists created an imperfect ombré French manicure. To try it at home apply a coat of pale pink under a white tip, then wipe the brush clean and smudge the white hue halfway down your nail. Don’t forget a glossy top coat to create a smooth finish.

  • Trina Turk
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    Photo: Julep

    The color of the summer is sticking around for another season: The nails at Trina Turk were painted with Julep’s Nail Polish ($14) in Eileen.

  • Holmes & Yang
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    Photo: OPI

    Another update on the French manicure, models at Holmes and Yang got nude nails with a navy, slanted tip courtesy of OPI’s Nail Polish ($9) in I Saw…U Saw..We Saw Warsaw.

  • Giles
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    Photo: Imax Tree

    Nail artist Marian Newman used M.A.C.’s Nail Lacquer ($16) in Delicate as a base to apply black and silver crystals to models’ nails backstage at Giles.

  • Burberry
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    Photo: Imax Tree

    It’s not too late to score the limited edition polishes from Burberry’s runway show! The set includes Pale Grape, Sage Green, Rose Pink, Mink, Pale Yellow, and Dusky Mauve.

  • Milly
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    Photo: Greg Kessler

    The half moon is officially making a comeback. Nail artists kept nails bare at Milly, but painted a half circle at the base of models’ nails using a bright white polish.

  • 3.1 Phillip Lim
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    Photo: Imax Tree

    The rose gold hue on models’ fingers at 3.1 Phillip Lim came courtesy of Nars’ Rose Gold polish from the Pierre Hardy for Nars Easy Walking Set ($29).

  • Jeremy Scott
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    Photo: Imax Tree

    Break out the black! Models sported long, rounded nails coated in unexpected shiny black polish at Jeremy Scott’s show. Get the look with Essie’s Nail Polish ($8) in Licorice.

  • Just Cavalli
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    Photo: Imax Tree

    The matte orange nails at Just Cavalli came courtesy of M.A.C.’s Nail Lacquer ($16) in Morange under a matte top coat.

  • Band of Outsiders
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    Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

    Need more affirmation that white is here to stay? Models had a shine-free version at Band Of Outsiders, courtesy of Butter London’s Nail Polish ($15) in Cotton Buds under a matte top coat.

  • DSquared2
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    Photo: Imax Tree

    Although not the most attainable, models rocked long, beige-colored talons at DSquared2’s show. Try gel extensions if you’re craving that kind of length.

  • Christian Siriano
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    Photo: Courtesy of Christian Siriano

    Into color blocking? Add a small square of yellow polish on the tips of your nude manicure to get Christian Siriano’s runway look. Pick up Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Nail Color ($3) in Mellow Yellow.

  • ICB by Prabal Gurung
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    Photo: Butter London

    Nail artist Katie Hughes used a coat of Butter London’s Nail Foundation ($19) under a shimmery topcoat called Leccy (out this fall), then applied a foil strip down the center of models’ nails at ICB by Prabal Gurung.

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