The Best Nail Ideas From the S/S 18 Runways

Lindsey Metrus

The backstage scene at New York Fashion Week is a mix of hazy hair spray air, mass chaos, and models being ushered from station to station. It's insane, but it's an exciting, fascinating kind of insane. As beauty editors, even amidst all the pandemonium, it's our duty to carefully study the hair and makeup looks, but an often overlooked aspect that invariably (yet subtly) ties the entire look together is the models' nails.

Designers work with top polish experts in the industry like Jin Soon Choi and Deborah Lippmann to flesh out a nail look that fits in with the vibe of the collection, and a team of manicurists gets to work on the models, often in tandem with the hairstylists and makeup artists at once on the same girl. (If you thought painting your own nails was hard, imagine trying to paint someone else's while 100 people swarm around you, pushing and shoving.) But again—it's a good kind of insane.

This season, we saw a lot of neon nails, "glossy" digits, and stunning nail art. Take a look at our favorites below.

Up next, take a look at the best vitamins for strong, healthy nails.

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