Thursday, February 26, 2009

Creative Nail Design Recipes from Fashion Week

Have you ever noticed that the awesome nail polishes from Fashion Week never really go into retail production? So no matter how much you loved that burnt orange from Phillip Lim, you won't be able to buy it at Sephora. That's because backstage nail artists almost always custom-blend the polish for each show, and luckily some of them spill the beans on the recipes for their gorgeous concotions. It's like baking...but with nail polish..and toxic...All of the polishes used are from Creative Nail Designs (they're generally the polish of choice for Fashion Week). A quick note on mixing polishes: buy an extra, empty bottle (most sites that sell CND will let you do this) to mix in so that you can make sure you get the right amount of each lacquer. Use the code SWRECIPE at and they should give you an extra bottle for free. CND polishes retail for about $6.

Yigal Azrouel: Gunmetal Gray
Costello Tagliapietra: Dirty Pastel Pink (I couldn't find any pictures, sorry!)
1/4 bottle Cream Puff

Catherine Malandrino: This is from last year's fall show, but it's still a gorgeous and relevant shimmery heather grey with slight purple tones.
1/2 bottle Nordic Grey Creme (this is a custom blend of
1/2 bottle Retro White, 22 drops Black Platinum, 10 drops Voodoo, and 8 drops Hot Pop Blue)
1/2 bottle G'listen (add in slowly until the shimmery gray/purple tone you want is reached)
Behnaz Sarafpour: It's literally foundation for your nails. If you like the low-maintenance, natural look, this is the one for you.

Image Sources:
Karen Walker:
Costello Tagliapietra:

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