FW15 Nail Trends to Paint By

This season held no shortage of dramatic manicures. From painted fingers at Christine Phung to miniature abstract paintings at Daks. But of course, we’re interested in what can be achieved at home or by our manicurist in a time frame that makes sense for our busy lives, which is why one of our favorite lessons from this past fashion month is: DIY does not mean boring. See our most loved inspiration from the best nail trends of the upcoming season. After all, it’s never too late to get a jump on your next beauty iteration.

Buff Chanel — Sometimes simple is best. And a polish that shows off perfect cuticles is appropriate for all occasions and ladylike indeed. That’s why we loved Chanel’s short, blush-polished nails. No special instructions required. Pick up Chanel Vernis Peche Nacree and paint it on after you’ve clipped, buffed and filed your nails to perfection.

Striped — No doubt you’ll read that this is one of the biggest manicure trends of the season. And for good reason. It’s simple, it’s chic and there are so many options. For inspiration, look to House of Holland‘s single diagonal black stripe or Alexis Mabille‘s triangular version. How to do it yourself? Buff your nails and cover them with a clear top coat. Wait for it to dry. Cut off squares of scotch tape that will cover your nail bed completely.

Carefully cut each square down the middle (you’ll now have two separate pieces) and apply them to your nails on either side, leaving the center of your nail exposed. How far apart you apply each piece of tape will give you the thickness of your stripe. You can cut the square apart at an angle for a triangular stripe. Now simply apply your polish over the center of your nail. The tape will serve as a barrier to protect the sides from color. Wait until the polish has dried and apply a second coat. After that has dried, remove the tape. Voila, you’ll have a perfect center stripe. Not sure what color to choose? We love a simple matte polish: Essie ‘The Neutrals’ Cashmere Matte Nail Polish Trio.

The Artiste — Giambattista‘s girls were fun, flirty and urban with simple nail art designs that eschewed full on polish and went for decorative shapes like X’s, dots and hearts. Maybe not meant for the office but definitely for a night out to see your favorite band perform. Let your imagination and creativity be your guide. Pick up Sephora’s Nail Air Kit to adorn your nails with your favorite shapes.

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Marisa has penned articles and features in over a dozen online and print publications. She's worked as fashion critic and creative director for papierdoll.com, been the managing editor for Caribbean-based Ocean Style Magazine, and worked with Set Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in Zurich, as a contributing editor. Based in New York, she is a freelance fashion and cultural copywriter, editor and reporter. You can find out more at her site marisaswanson.com and follow her on Twitter @mraswan.