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NYFW SS 2016 Nails: Memories of Japan at Tadashi Shoji

NYFW SS 2016 Nails: Memories of Japan at Tadashi Shoji


By semick

The beauty at Tadashi Shoji stems directly from the designer’s inspiration for the collection: memories from the good ol’ days he spent in Japan. Think: the whispers of beautiful Japanese Zen gardens and cherry blossoms, and the structural, graphic and square shapes of windowpanes. Butter London lead manicurist Katie Jane Hughes brought the designer’s vision to life on tips using the white and lilac colors found in the collection. “I’m giving [this design] the working title of ‘The Fortunate Accident,’” says Hughes. “It looks like you’ve been painting but then a little excess got on your nails.” To create the lucky mishap-design, Hughes sweeps an ombré brush dipped in Butter London Cotton Buds from the top of the nail down and follows with strokes in different placements on the nail of Butter London Molly Coddled and Butter London Muggins. She then seals the design with Butter London Hardware P.D. Quick Topcoat. “The ombré brush puts polish on in a very streaky fashion,” she explains. “It gives it that broken-up texture that looks like [the model has] been painting.” Hughes is careful to paint the strokes in straight lines so that it doesn’t look too curved or like calligraphy. “We wanted it to feel natural, free, cool and effortless,” she says. —Molly Church

Tadashi-Shoji---butter-LONDON-1Images: Courtesy of Cutler Salon/Redken; courtesy of Butter London