When Jackie Onassis is your point of inspiration, you know the fashion and beauty is going to be exquisite—right down to the shoes and nail art. (More on this in a sec.) At Christian Siriano, photos of Jackie O. on vacation in Capri during the ’60s and ’70s sparks the creativity of the beauty leads, but it’s the shoes in the collection that has KISS Lead Nail Artist Gina Edwards all aflutter. “Christian sent an image of the shoes (he collaborates with Payless), and I knew I wanted to make a graphic design based off of them,” says Edwards. The shoes in question range from aquamarine stilettos to black-and-white strap-happy gladiator sandals that travel to the knee—so, Edwards has plenty of inspiration to work off of. Her resulting design: A bright blue base of color broken up by a bold black-and-white striped graphics that pop from the nails. “I had less than 24 hours to make these nails, and there are 38 models!” she exclaims.
To get the look, she custom-blended the blue hue (but you can use imPRESS Manicure in Big Flirt), painted the tips and let them dry. Then, Edwards applies a KISS Design Perfection chevron stencil on the diagonal. (Tip! On the left hand, the design will be on the left side of the nail; on the right hand, it will be on the right.) She then paints a thin white line along the inside “v” of the chevron stencil using KISS Nail Artist Paint, removes the stencil, paints a white vertical stripe down the side of the nail, and fills in to the tip and sidewall with white. Using KISS Nail Artist Paint in Black, she traces the two white areas she created: A black line edges the white vertical section, from cuticle to free edge, and a black line edges the diagonal section, from free edge to sidewall. From here, she paints three black vertical stripes within the blocked diagonal section and three horizontal stripes within the vertical blocked section. Edwards notes that you need to allow the design to dry completely and then gently float top coat over the nail so as not to drag any black through the design. —Karie L. Frost
[Image credits: Diane Bondareff for KISS; Karie L. Frost]