Award season is upon us and that means we are about to be hit with iconic red carpet looks. As a huge fan of film and television, I love seeing people come together to celebrate the great performances and production over the year. Not only […]
The standard of nail art really heightened this year. From new nail art trends to classical styles making a comeback and extravagant celebrity nails taking over our Instagram feeds (cough cough Cardi B). To end 2019, I’ve reviewed some of the biggest trends this year […]
November probably felt like the fastest month of the year so far. It feels like I wrote my October Favourites post last week. This may be because I have been so busy over the past few weeks that I haven’t really gotten a chance to sit back and reflect on the month. This is also one of the reasons I love doing these reviews. We often get so caught up in our own hectic schedules that we miss out on seeing all the great things people around us (and far away) are creating. Here are some my favourite nail art looks from this month. Enjoy!
BY MAISEY GRAY, FIREWORK NAILS
This look gives off such a ‘glow in the dark’ vibe which is perfect for the theme of fireworks. I really like the detail that went into each nail and how well the glitter works against the gel polish. This is such a great design for those with shorter nails who still want to experiment with nail art.
I didnt get a chance to create a fireworks nail art look this year, but check out my design from last year here.
KRYSANGELS, FALL NAILS
From the perfect nail shape to the strong use of colour, this look proved that you don’t have to have a crazy amount of details to stand out. I love how the different shades all compliment each other. They also look amazing on this skin tone, which has definitely inspired me to try out this kind of style in the future.
I recently did a post all about fall nails and my favourite things about this season, check it out here.
MICHELLE HUMPHREY, FISH IN THE SEA
What I love most about this look is the various blue shades used to make up the sea and how well these are blended together. The clear background surrounding this also gives off a 3-D affect which takes the design to another level. Finally, the fishes – no explanation needed.
KIM TRUONG AND NAILSBYDIEM
I absolutely love watching WIRED’s Autocoplete Inverviews (the best type of procastination). After watching a Netflix film called ‘Let it Snow’ (it was actually really cute but I wish I watched it in December cause I’m still not in the Christmas mood). I found myself watching every cast single interview (this in another form of procastination for me). During this one, all I could think of was ‘damn Isabela’s nails are on point!’ so did I little research and found the artists who created this look. The LA based celebrity nail artists have created a variety of killer looks incorporatimg a range of nail techniques.
I love how well the gold sequins and glitter complements the light pink shade. Sometimes the use of gliiter and sequins can overpower the nail, but the variation of glitter quantity and detailed design on each nail really adds an elegance to it.
I hope you enjoyed this post. What was your favourite look from this month? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more posts.
Lots of love,
So far, this blog has mainly been about sharing my designs and artwork. However, there is such a huge and talented community of nail artists around the world, with amazing designs that deserve to be celebrated. As a result, I decided to share some of […]
Although the outfits are the hot topic during any fashion show, nail art was a huge factor in New York Fashion Week. Artists created a range of looks that complimented the remarkable designs on the runway. With the focus on spring/summer 2020, some artists kept this simple to keep the focus on the clothes whilst others went all out, with looks that added even more value to the outfits. The attention to detail, creativity and strategic thinking that goes into the nail art for fashion week needs to be celebrated.
Here are some of my favourite looks from the runway:
Paintbox Nails at the Ulla Johnson SS’20 show
Source: Paintbox Nails
I love how different this look is. The vibrant colour and unique use of space really takes simple design and turns it into an eye-catching piece of art.
Miss Pop Nails for Jeremy Scott
Source: Miss Pop Nails
This look was inspired by Jem and the Holograms and Saved by the Bell, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. The use of bold colours, striking patterns and shapes really make this stand out. I also love that there was a different design on each nail, it is clear that a lot of thought went into this look.
The Nail Suite by Lisa Logan and team for Pyler Moss
I am obsessed with this look. The strong use of colour and simplicity of painting straight lines really comes together to create something different. There were also a range of variations and colour schemes to this for each model which I found really intriguing. I also love that the pinky nails had a plain colour and each design really blended well with the model’s makeup.
Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without honouring some of the amazing runway looks through nail art. Here are two looks I create based on some of my favourite outfits.
Marc Jacobs Fashion Show
The Marc Jacobs Show was a “celebration of life, joy, equality, individuality, optimism, happiness, indulgence, dreams, and a future unwritten…”. Jacobs wanted to fill the room with colour, movement and joy which was evident in the variety of looks that were showcased. One that stood out most to me was a look that incorporated violet and yellow shades, made up of chiffon flowers. I loved how well the colours worked together (especially since these are not colours I would typically associate with each other). Many believe this was a reference to the 1970s flower child (which Jacob’s first highlighted in his 2001 collection) symbolising unity and peace at a time where the country felt divided.
To create this look, I had to be a bit adventurous as I ran out of lilac polish so ended up using a dark purple shade and mixing this with white polish to get different variants of purple. I had a lot of fun creating this and it made me realise how challenging it can be to create a design based on few colours. However, this also made it a creative experiment and so satisfying when I finally got the right shades!
Pyer Moss Show
Source: Fashion L’amour
What I loved about this show is that really captured what makes fashion so compelling; its ability to tell a story through visuals. This showcase entitled ‘Sister’ was the final chapter of the Peter Moss trilogy and celebrated Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a queer black woman and popular singer in the 1930s and 40s who unknown to many, was widely referred to as the godmother of rock and roll (The aim of the show was to celebrated voices who has been eradicated from popular culture). Pyer Moss founder Jean-Raymond explained that he “wanted to explore what that aesthetic might have looked like if her story would have been told.”
The colours, the patterns and the detailed imagery in each outfit really came through, from guitar symbols to the afro hairstyle shapes. The striking garments celebrated the essence of black culture and gave me a feeling of joy through colour alone.
This look was really fun to work with for the nail design. I got to be really creative with the use of colours and shapes. I didn’t really have a set vision on how I wanted this to look as I essentially picked up any colour that stood out to me and took it from there. Similar to the garments, I used a vibrant yellow for the base colour. Yellow can be a tricky shade to work with particularly when pairing this with other colours but in this case, it ended up working really well and uplifting the final look.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned for more 🙂
What was your favourite look during fashion week? Comment down below.
P.s. if you enjoyed this post, take a look at my Met Gala Inspired Nail Art!
The Met Gala is one of the most anticipated events in the fashion industry. I personally love seeing all the different looks and how each person interprets the theme. But there is one major detail that is often overlooked amidst all the costumes and crazy hairstyles; the nail art.
This year the theme was ‘Camp: Notes on Fashion’, celebrating all things over-the-top and exaggerated in fashion. Here are some of my favourite nail art looks from the night:
Hailee Steinfield by Tom Bachik
Source: Instagram @tombachik
First of all, I’m in love with this neon green shade. Second, I love the detail of this look and the use of shapes to create a 3D effect. The inspiration of this look as a candy wrapper which I think is amazing.
Constance Wu by Kim Truong
Source: Instagram @kimkimnails
This look was the perfect combination of elegant and extra. The metallic burgundy gives off a bold and edgy feel which is elevated with the use of Swarovski crystal embellishments (*cries in brokenness*), showing how a little bit of shine can really transform a nail look.
Elle Fanning by Nails by Mar y Soul
Source: Instagram @nailsbymarysoul
This look took the theme of camp to the next level. Though it isn’t the kind of nail look I would typically go for, it’s fun, its fierce, it’s extra! I love everything about it.
Since this blog is all about creating nail art from everything and anything, I decided to create two looks based on some of my favourite costumes:
Cara Delevingne in Dior
Source: Instagram @robzangardi
To create this look I used a nail art brush (the thin end of a dotting tool will also work) and drew horizontal lines across the nail using a different colour each time. I finished this off with a top coat.
*Remember to clean your brush each time you draw a new line to prevent colours from mixing together
Janelle Monae in Christian Siriano
Source: Instagram @csiriano
- To create this look I started off with applying a baby pink and cream shade across different sections on the nail (see image above)
- I then added in a darker shade of pink and used a black nail art pen to add in some vertical lines.
- To create the eyes I used a black nail art pen, starting by outlining an oval shape, then filling in a circle within this.
- Next, I used a red nail art pen (dipping a dotting tool in red polish will also work) to create ‘heart lip’ shapes then outlined this using a black nail art pen.
- Finish off by adding any extra little touches (I added some crosses and thin lines) and seal the look with a top coat.
I hope you have enjoyed these looks and feel inspired to create a design based on an outfit that has caught your eye or perhaps your favourite item of clothing. What were your favourite looks from the Met Gala? Comment down below.
Lots of love,