There’s no doubt about it: The nail art design at Creatures of the Wind is arresting—it literally vibrates, pulses and causes your eyes to do double-, triple- and quadruple-takes. Naturally, this artful graffiti design by CND is inspired by the ’80s, a decade when beauty made your eyes pulse and vibrate regularly. “We chose a shorter, sportier length to make it more youthful,” says CND lead manicurist Roxanne Valinoti. “Then, we painted a color-block as the background, which sets the base for the squiggles on top to project a hyper-contrast effect and static energy. It really clashes with the elements.” The squiggles are hand-painted, which is no easy feat, assures Valinoti. “We thinned the polish first, and then used a double detail brush to paint. But, you could use an ultra-fine Sharpie marker to achieve the same effect,” she shares.
“We kind of snuck this design in,” admits CND co-founder Jan Arnold backstage. “When I talked with the designers, Shane [Gabier] thought he wanted graphic elements on the nails. He was thinking about an oxidized nail that had the polish chipping away.” Arnold delivered this design, but also slid in the graffiti nail because, well, why not? “I received an email that simply said, ‘Love,’ in all caps,” she laughs. —Karie L. Frost