The Best of Nails at NYFW SS16

There is simply nothing better than sporting a new manicure. But while the just-finished feeling of a fresh mani is pure bliss, sometimes it’s a bit of a struggle deciding on the look. The color, the shade, the style - there are just so many choices! What’s a girl to do?

The answer is simple: take a look at the runway. NYFW SS16 just rocked New York City with its glitz and glamour, making right now the perfect time to find some inspiration for your next manicure. Here’s our list of the best nail creations from backstage at the hottest NYFW shows.

Modern Metallic: Jinsoon at Karen Walker

This iridescent look was created using Jinsoon’s “CACHET” from the upcoming Chinoiserie set. Both soft and striking, the shade complements most skin tones with its delicate subtlety and chic sparkle.   

Color Me Chic: Formula X at Mansur Gavriel

If you’re someone who counts down the days until fall just so you can finally rock a sultry purple or red nail, then the look at culty-cool Mansur Gavriel was made for you. The show was designed to feel like a department store. Half of the models played shop girls while the others played shoppers. The shop girls wore “Theoretical,” Formula X’s romantic purple shade, and the shoppers donned “Pyrotechnic,” a bold and playful red. 

Mad for Matte: essie at Alexander Wang 

Matte seemed to be the name of the nail game this season with big name designers like Coach and Michael Kors taking the style for a spin. Matte nails were also seen at Alexander Wang where models wore essie’s “cocktails & coconuts” polish underneath a matte top coat called “matte about you,” creating a finish that was lovely and smooth.   

Trendy & Textural: Deborah Lippmann at Public School

Deborah’s look for Public School was all about effortless texture. Nails were painted with the new “Genie in a Bottle” nail tone perfecter and then adorned with a purposefully undone “dry-drag” diagonal swipe of “Amazing Grace,” a clean white. This look is perfect for the girl who wants to spice things up without going crazy with color or daring nail art. 

Playful Pastels: Jinsoon at Tibi

Jinsoon went for sophisticated color with a twist in her negative space look for Tibi. Pastel shades of teal, coral, and white were painted on the tips of nails after Jinsoon’s “Tule” was applied as a base coat. The color was applied only on the sides of the nail tips, leaving a strip down the center to elongate the nail bed. 

Cool & Crafty: Sally Hansen at Adam Selman

To complement the laid back Adam Selman look, Madeline Poole randomly placed navy dots on the nails of the models using Sally Hansen “Dark Huemor” polish. The finished product looked both classic and avant-garde, making it the perfect style for transitioning from day to night, summer to fall.