Just like the versatility of the couture pieces and gotta-have-them-now accessories gracing the runways of fashion month, the nail looks are just as unpredictable. And while we often see a simple nude nail or a sheer glossy coat on the models' digits, we're always thrilled to see eye-catching nail art and graphic designs. The intricacy and fine attention to detail that goes into creating catwalk-ready nail art are a sight to behold, but don't worry—if you want to re-create high-fashion manicures at home, we saw some incredible looks backstage at NYFW that can be duplicated. Keep scrolling to find out how!
Inspired by Baja East's new "BE" logo, manicurist Rita Remark painted monogram nail designs onto both the male and female models. Whether you're into sporting your own initials on your nails or not, we love the elegance of the gold-on-black design. To re-create it, paint a base coat of Essie Nail Polish ($9) in Licorice and build your design of choice with Good as Gold ($9).
To mimic Jenny Packham's love for embellishments, Michelle Saunders for Essie replicated a star design seen on the fabric in the collection on the pointer finger. To highlight the star, Saunders painted a sheer pink base of Mademoiselle ($9) followed by the free-handed star design in Good as Gold ($9).
The Creatures of the Wind F/W 16 show was inspired by Carl Aubock and his family of industrial metal workers. As such, the nail look mimicked the hardware vibe, laden with mixed metallic textures. Here, Morgan Taylor artists created a "chrome-brass meeting" by creating a shiny base with Morgan Taylor Could Have Foiled Me ($6), then layered Give Me Gold ($6) and Bronzed & Beautiful ($6) for a "crescent moon effect" at the cuticle.
For a modern take on "a true Cali girl with a bit of edge and punk," Deborah Lippmann created tie-dye on the nails. To do this, she first painted two coats of her own Like Dreamers Do ($18). Then, to create the marbled tie-dye effect, Lippmann painted She Wolf ($18) onto small strips of cleaning sponges and randomly stamped them onto each nail. She placed Gel Lab Pro Top Coat ($45) on each nail as a final step to prevent chipping.
For the Tome F/W 16 show, the designer knew he wanted the nail art to involve an evil eye. The result? A charcoal gray "eye" that can totally be worn off the runway. To get the look, place a curved edge using Zoya's Genevieve ($10) on bare nails, followed by a dot in the center of the nail using the same color. Once that's fully dry, paint a layer of Naked Manicure Buff Perfector ($10) to clean up the negative space. Then, add a bit of sparkle on top of the dot with Cosmo Magical Pixie Dust ($10) and follow up with Matte Velvet Top Coat ($10).
The nails at Rebecca Minkoff's F/W 16 show gave off yummy creamsicle vibes. To get the look, Michelle Saunders first applied Essie Nail Polish ($9) in Sunshine State of Mind from the cuticle to the middle of the nail. Then, to straighten the line, she dipped a small brush in polish remover to "clean up" the line (but she explains that you can use tape to make the process a bit easier). She then applied Lounge Lover (coming soon!) from the middle of the nail to the tip, followed by an arc of High Class Affair ($9) at the tip.
Tibi's F/W 16 collection boasts a strong military vibe, so to juxtapose with that power, a pared-down nail with femme gold chevron accents was created (think military insignia). First, Jin Soon Choi placed a layer of JinSoon Power Coat ($18) on the base of the nails followed by a layer of Muse ($18). Next, she created two V-shape lines using a striping brush in the middle and one-third of the way down the nail. Finish off with JinSoon Top Coat ($18).
The 1920s-inspired glamor happening in the nail look at Cushnie et Ochs makes us want to step up our nail art game stat. Alicia Torello for Christian Louboutin painted the base of the nail with Sweet Charity ($50), while the dual-color tips were created using Lady Page ($50) on one side and Khol ($50) on the other.
Negative space was clearly a big trend at this year's fall fashion week. We're in love with this autumnal-hued geo manicure by Alicia Torello, created with Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Daffodile ($50), Mula Lisa ($50), and Sevillana ($50), with a hint of natural nail peeping through. Paint a pattern in whichever way you like, but we recommend using tape to get those razor-sharp Louboutin edges.
Mega-talented manicurist Miss Pop Nails explains that the inspiration behind this nail look was "out of the box," in the way that designer Marissa Webb is able to combine masculine and feminine styles. To create the look, one coat of Zoya Lavender Perfector ($11) was placed on the base of the nail. Once it dried, Miss Pop placed vinyl sticker bars on the nails (you can use tape for this) to create the center box. Then, over the tape, she painted two coats of Willia ($7) across the nail. Finally, she sealed everything off with Glossy Seal ($5). Et voilà!
Which look is your favorite? Please tell us below!