Dry Brushing: The New Metallic Manicure Technique From Naeem Khan

You know how you always strive to get just the right amount of nail polish on the brush—too much and it’ll end up all over your fingers; too little and it’ll end up streaky? Well, you can forget all that. Because in order to nail the metallics of fall 2015, you need to start dry brushing. (And no, we’re not talking about the pre-shower ritual Miranda Kerr swears by.)

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We caught up with nail expert Julie Kandalec backstage at Naeem Khan’s F/W 15 show and she told us that we can set aside our chrome metallics because this fall everyone will be wearing micro-shimmer metallics. To achieve the “distressed gold” nails at Naeem Khan, she applied two coats of Essie’s Shifting Power ($9), a sheer gold, followed by one very thin coat of Essie’s Jiggle High, Jiggle Low ($9), a full-coverage silver. “With very little on the brush, dry brush it on really, really lightly,” Kandalec says. The idea is to let the color underneath show through. The result is not gold, not silver, but instead a "neutral metallic."

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Will you try “dry brushing” your manicure?

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