S/S 2012 NYFW Beauty Report - Top 8 Nail Looks

drugstore.com Some of my favorite beauty looks for the Spring/Summer 2012 season were seen on the nails.

These 8 nail looks really inspired me, from the beautiful new sh
ades, to the textures/nail art to the new concept of a nail stain!

What do you think?

1. For Norman Ambrose, Candice Manacchio fashioned different manicure looks to go with high glam 1960's pieces. In this one, pictured, above, she used CND Colour in Flashpoint iced with Sheer 24K Sparkle Effect for a funky French tip.

2. At Joanna Mastroianni, Candice Manacchio fashioned "Luminous Lucite" see-through tips along with CND Colours in Desert Suede, Brilliant White, Ivory Coast, and Gold Shimmer Effect on the edges for an illuminated finish with texture.

3. For Jen Kao, Wanda Ruiz created "Lethal Love" diffused, gradation manicures that attract the eye with bold shades.

This artful manicure was shaded using an airbrush tool, but can be re-created at home using CND Colours in Midnight Sapphire and Anchor Blue combined with Inkwell and topped with Air Dry Top Coat while wet for an ombre finish.

4. For Norman Ambrose, Candice Manacchio also created this manicure using Gold Chrome edged with CND Colour in Blackjack and gold leafing.

5. At the Naeem Khan show, Wanda Ruiz crafted "Hematite Nails" for manicures and pedicures using saturated concrete gray CND Colour in Asphalt finished with Super Shiney Top Coat for a lustrous look.

I love this blue
shade with the almond shaped nails. To get this look at home, try the brand new CND Shellac in Asphalt, which guarantees mirror shine for two whole weeks.

6. For Diego Binetti, Candice Manacchio created drama for nails with her "Harlequin Hardware" manicures stained in CND Colour in Raspberry Parfait and Frosting Cream, capped in gold and silver metal for an artisanal finish.

7. Nonie Cream of Butter London created a one-of-a-kind nail look at the Betsey Johnson show.

She created a reverse half moon manicure, with a "stair step" (meaning the false nail sits slightly higher than the nail plate - creating that extra "pop" for the catwalk) holographic glitter tip, in a pointed almond shape.

For the glitter tip, she used Diamond Geezer and a holographic shade that was custom mixed for Betsey, and added a diamond stone to the curved base of each tip. Union Jack Black was used on the actual nail - creating the reverse half-moon that almost had a "bruised" effect.

Always wanting one more "wow" factor for Betsey, she added a nail piercing with black baby safety pin.

8. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, Angi Wingle designed "Rain Coat" manicures to match see-through jackets on the runway.

The designer wanted the manicure shade to mirror the flesh tone underneath the nailplate, so CND custom-blended a nail stain using drops of CND Colour in Raspberry Parfait and Guava mixed with Speedey Top Coat.

*Images courtesy of CND and Butter London.

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