At Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2013 runway show, women’s empowerment, and what that means across several cultures—from the recent decision to open combat positions to female troops in the U.S. to Ukrainian female fighters challenging human trafficking—informed not only the army-green heavy collection, but also the beauty—right down to the fingertips. “We want a design that shows power and strength, but also some vulnerability,” says lead Sally Hansen manicurist Jin Soon Choi of the nail look. For strength, she paints a sharp, graphic chevron, yet whittles its shape into a skinny, more feminine triangle. “It’s more dramatic than the typical nail art chevron,” she shares.
Rather than use a striper brush for her chevron, Choi employs some smart layering. First, she lacquers nails in one coat of Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Coat of Arms (available Fall 2013), a flaxen gold. Then, Choi polishes Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Loden Green (available Fall 2013) in a diagonal swipe from the moon to the tip on both sides, creating her thin chevron. “You may want to do a second coat to make it really opaque,” Choi says.
“I really think that for 2013 nail art is all about the chevron. So why not make it different?” she asks, pointing to the ultra-thin triangles. Yes; why not? —Karie L. Frost
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[Images: Sally Hansen]