After racing around backstage at New York Fashion Week, it is absolutely clear to me that nail art is not going anywhere, particularly when it comes to placing texture and embellishment on top of the nail. After seeing a bit here and there, I have to tell you about my favorite from the week, created by my friend Keri Blair Walden for M·A·C Cosmetics, who did a Victorian bride-in-mourning nail for Ruffian.
The collection, which was Gothic and inspired by the old Bowery and had inflections of opulence mixed with English tailoring and bits of softness, demanded a nail that would be impactful and complimentary of the collection. Keri Blair, who is actually one of M·A·C’s top makeup artists, doubles as their resident nail expert and came up with this wicked incarnation after multiple samples. The designers at Ruffian, Claude Morais and Brian Wolk, are known for their downtown aesthetic that includes an industry-shaking nail look (the half-moon manicure originated on their runway.) They know that nails are a big part of their look and they work closely with Keri to make that happen.
The nail is a labor of love, but something you can recreate for yourself. The underside of the nail is painted with a pearlized grey nail lacquer from M·A·C called Nightfall, then the top is lacquered in two coats of Nocturnelle (a slick, midnight black).
Once the polish dries, cut a piece of tulle about the side of the nail, add a coat of clear polish to the nail, lay the tulle on top of it and let it dry. Trim the tulle and you’re done.
For the ring finger, Keri added a tiny cameo and an extra piece of tulle from the base of the nail to create a veil. It gives it a Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice kind of feeling, doesn’t it?
Personally, this is one of my favorite creative nails from one of the best in the business. I definitely wanted you to see it.