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NYFW Spring 2017 Nails: Nail Lounge at Carmen Marc Valvo

NYFW Spring 2017 Nails: Nail Lounge at Carmen Marc Valvo


By David Simpson

As time passes, life becomes more complicated; we often long to go back to a time when things were simpler. Such is the case at Carmen Marc Valvo, where the collection is inspired by memories—a recollection of simpler times and innocence. While hair and makeup focuses on a doll-like appearance (after all, dolls are an archetype of innocence), nails go retro—with a twist. Nail Lounge Lead Artist Qiana Aviles opts for a fun yet classic look for her nail design: a modern French. To get the simple, graphic look, Aviles first coats almond-shaped nails with a Vetro USA nude hue. Then, with a striping brush and either a black or white polish, or a blend of OPI in Big Apple Red and CND Vinylux in Rouge Red, she paints a thin French tip. The “twist” comes as a second line that mimics the French tip in shape and color half way down the nail. Of the red hue choice, Aviles says, “there’s a pop of the red color in the collection so Carmen requested it himself!” —Molly Church

[Image credits: Molly Church]