Move Aside, Nude Polish—Gray-Nude is the Next New Thing

by Jacqueline DeMarco

We’ve all played the nude polish guessing game. Too dark for your skin tone and it can look awkwardly muddy. Too light, and your beige polish might as well be white. And if the polish matches your skin tone too perfectly, then you suddenly have fingers without fingernails. Yikes.

Here’s an idea: Skip the guesswork by taking inspiration from the nails we spotted backstage at Peter Som’s S/S 15 runway. Sure, New York Fashion Week ended last week, but we’re still dreaming about these nails—can you blame us? Nail artist Madeline Poole chose a neutral gray shade from Christian Louboutin’s Nude Collection to give matching mani-pedis to all of the models. Poole explained her inspiration for the simple and clean look: “The nail I created for the Peter Som girl used one of my favorite shades from the Christian Louboutin Nudes Collection,” she says. “Alta Perla ($50) is a sophisticated gray nude that goes with any skin tone, and offsets the crisp, all-American glamour of the collection.”

To make your manicure last and give it a high-shine finish, use the Christian Louboutin Loubie Primer and Gloss from the Manicure Care Kit ($55); the Primer will keep polish stains at bay, and the Gloss will make it last all week. Simple, chic, and effective—in other words, our type of manicure, no matter the season.

Will you be trying this new take on the nude nail?

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