When nail art went mainstream, the general consensus was the bolder the better. Giant rhinestones and intricate works of art are fabulous, but sometimes less is more. On the spring 2016 runways at New York Fashion Week we saw barely-there makeup and subtle creamy shades of white on manicures.
The minimalist manicure made its mark for the upcoming season. Just when we thought the nail art trend would take a backseat, it came back in a super cool new way. Everywhere we saw white nail polish, nail art followed — from feminine florals to abstract techniques, here is the breakdown of the white mani trend coming at you next spring.
Tibi's spring collection was polished and filled with light, monochromatic tones. Jin Soon Choi played off this theme by creating colorful nail art that was minimalist at the same time by painting just the tips of nails and incorporating negative space. The white tips caught our eyes and to perfect the look, it's all about mirroring one side to the other. The famed manicurist created the geometric effect by drawing two short parallel lines — with the shade Doux —at the tip of each nail while leaving a small space in between the two lines. The diagonal lines came next and then each block was filled in. So easy! We're going to be grabbing out striping brush and some white polish, stat.
Street art-inspired clothing influenced the splattered paint mani that butter LONDON's lead manicurist Katie Jane Hughes created. The bold design complimented the edgy and bright styles from the collection effortlessly. After applying two coats of Cotton Buds, Hughes used the coolest technique to get the graphic effect of the splattered paint. She dipped a bobby pin into Union Jack Black, positioned the pin over the nail, and blew through the middle to create the artsy effect. Next time you find a bobby pin at the bottom of your bag, be sure to save it for your next mani.
The mood was minimalist and the collection was filled with crisp whites and earthy pastels at Erin Fetherston. Miss Pop for KISS dreamed up the beautiful and intricate nail art, inspired by the blossom prints and soft palette found in the collection. Using the Salon Secrets Luxe Accents kit, she hand-painted the tiny white petals that surrounded the cluster of pearls on each nail. The result was a gorgeous work of art with a feminine touch.
Negative space was spotted again backstage at Public School, where Deborah Lippmann created a diagonal feather pattern. Lippmann used Amazing Grace and a "dry-drag" technique where she gently stroked the almost polish-less brush across the nail diagonally a few times to get a textured look. She skipped the top coat to play up the dimension that the technique created. Nail art doesn't get any easier — or chicer — than this.