SS15 Nail Art Ideas, Fresh Off the Runways

July 13, 2015 - Posted by Mickey Tortorelli

The perfect manicure is a sure-fire way to spruce up any outfit and add a unique touch to any look, so it is no wonder that new nail trends grace the runway every season. We've compiled a list of 6 elegant nail trends fresh from the runway, and modified the products used so that they can be easily done without having to visit a nail salon!


Delpozo Spring 2015

Look: coral negative-space half-moon manicures

Colours: Essie - Tart Deco

How-to: if you're a pro-star manicurist, just use your coral polish an freehand a half moon shape at the base of each nail! For a more precise application, use hole reinforcement stickers to guide your polish (tip: remove the stickers before the polish dries for crisp lines!). Seal in your polish with a top coat of your choice, and you're done!

Alternate: why not try painting the upper part of the nail and leaving the half-moon as negative space? Or even mix it up and alternate between the two for each finger!


Erin Fetherston

Look: clean white manicure with a single gold stripe

Colours: Essie - Blanc, gold nail strip tape

How-to: this one is easy peasy, but super elegant! Use your white polish of choice and apply even layers to each nail. Once the polish is dry, measure and apply a piece of gold nail strip tape to each nail. Apply a top coat to make sure the sticker doesn't peel off!

Alternate: You can try applying the stripes vertically to help give an illusion of longer and slimmer fingers.


Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015

Look: linear nail art

Colours: White and black nail polish

How-to: Using a striping brush, you can easily create lines and patters similar to the design above. Again, just seal in the polish with a top coat for a longer lasting manicure!

Alternate: You can also try using different coloured nail strip tape to achieve the same look. Just don't forget the top coat!


Sophie Theallet Spring 2015

Look: negative-space, double french tip

Colours: Essie - Fiji, and Turquoise and Caos

How-to: this one is a test for steady hands! First apply the white polish to the tips as you would for a French manicure and wait until it completely dries (tip: you can use hole reinforcement stickers for this layer to guide you). Then, very carefully, apply a thinner line across the white tips with the mint green polish. Use a top coat to prevent the polish from chipping!

Alternate: to make life easier, you can try using nail polish pens (e.g. Sally Hansen) to achieve this look.


Dion Lee Spring 2015

Look: nude nails with vertical silver stripe

Colours: OPI - My Signature is DC

How-to: another easily achievable manicure! Tape your nails, leaving a small gap to the side for you to apply your silver polish. Quickly remove the tape before the polish starts drying, and apply a top coat when the solver polish dries off.

Alternate: experiment with different sides of your nail and the width of the vertical stripe to see what compliments your hands the most!


Houghton Spring 2015

Look: embelished nude nails

Colours: Butter London - Nude Base,  black crystal embellishments

How-to: Apply your matte nude base or nail polish and wait for it to dry. Carefully align and attach your embellishments in the centre of the middle nails with tweezers. Usually we would suggest a (matte) top coat to keep the embellishments in place, but this would give the crystals a matte finish and diminish the "pop" to this nail style (unless you're going for that). In other words, make sure you're using a glue so the embellishments don't fall off!

Alternate: try picking a different accent nail or even use a shiny top coat to see what effect that would give.

Hopefully these runway trends above will inspire you to create your own manicure styles based on what is available at your store or counter. You can even pass on these ideas or any tips that you have to your customers so that they can also create the perfect manicure for themselves. Let your creative juices flow and mix and match different colours and textures. Experiment and let us know what you come up with!


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