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NYFW Nails Fall 2016: Sally Hansen at 3.1 Phillip Lim

NYFW Nails Fall 2016: Sally Hansen at 3.1 Phillip Lim


By semick

Backstage at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Japanese influences abound in the clothing and directly inform the beauty look. For the nails, Sally Hansen Global Color Ambassador Madeline Poole took Lim’s Japanese craftsmanship inspiration—like samurai sword embellishment—and ran with it. “I thought immediately about a tradition I had once heard from the Heian period in Japan when ninjas would paint the symbol of their clan on their thumb,” she says. “I wanted the nail look to feel symbolic and to have a striking contrast—hence the use of metallic with the beige shade—but to also work with the palette of the collection: a traditional autumnal array of olive green, mustard and burgundy.” To achieve the two manicure looks, Poole uses optical illusions for a slight of hand that demands a second glance. First, she creates nail polish decals in oval and circular shapes on wax paper, using three hues: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic, Camelflage and Gilty Party. Then, Poole paints half the nail in either Commander in Chic or Camelflage and the other half in Gilty Party. After the nails dry, she peels off a decal that corresponds with base manicure from the wax paper using tweezers and places it in the center of the nail, creating the desired optical illusion. To achieve this type of visual trickery at home, Poole suggests keeping the design small. —Kristyna Kane


Images: Courtesy of Sally Hansen; Kristyna Kane