It’s the morning after and you’re scurrying through the city streets (wearing last night’s heels, no less) on your way home from your big night out. But fear not, there should be no shame in your game. “There’s no walk of shame anymore. New York ladies do the stride of pride!” claims Moroccanoil lead hairstylist Peter Gray backstage at the Badgley Mischka Fall 2015 show. And what would a lass who keeps her head held high after a night filled with debauchery wear on her nail tips? For manicurist Deborah Lippmann, who created the nail look, it’s all about the luxe details. “There’s a lot of baroque inspiration in the clothing so these nails aren’t your basic sheer pink!” she says. This means: jewels, jewels and more jewels. To create her nail design, Lippmann first places long, almond-shaped tips atop the models’ natural nails and coats them twice with Deborah Lippmann in burnished bronze Can’t Be Tamed, making sure to let the nails dry for two minutes between each coat. For a touch of “naughty” (because who doesn’t feel a little naughty during her stride of pride?), Lippmann flips the nail over and paints one coat of Deborah Lippmann in Fade to Black on the underside. Once dry, Lippmann adds nail glue starting at the free edge (and also on the underside) of the nail. Then comes the fun part: She arbitrarily drips Swarovski crystals onto the nail. “They just land where they land! It’s not about a perfect line. And these crystals are out of control!” Lippmann jokes as she holds up a gigantic bag of crystals.
And just because it’s the morning after doesn’t mean nails look lackluster. To finish, Lippmann carefully paints Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab over the nail, carefully avoiding the crystals so that they keep their stellar gleam. “This is a pretty simple look you can do at home. The hardest thing to do is to be patient between coats!” she exclaims. –Molly Church
Credits: Courtesy of Deborah Lippmann