DIY Nail Art Straight from the Catwalk

Posted by Alyssa Franco-Lozada on

Hey Closet Freaks! Don't you just love the smell of fashion this Fall. From Fashion's Night Out to New York Fashion week, there is complete happiness in the air for all us fashion lovers!  The best thing to do in fashion is take inspiration from anywhere, and put your own style on it. 

Today we are taking inspiration from the runway and putting it on our nails. So get out your polishes and nail tools, and try out these killer DIY designs for your nails, all taken from inspiration that designers' runway looks have given us!


"I started with a pale-green base and sectioned off three small squares in bright blue. For all other detailing, I used either a striper brush, or acrylic paint and a small paintbrush. You should also use a dotting tool to create perfect black-and-white dots."

Christian Dior 

"Paint the whole nail neon red, and in the center of the nail, create an organic stripe with a brighter hot pink. Allow this to dry, then create another thinner organic stripe with a lighter pink. After these colors have dried, swipe on silver from the base of the cuticle towards the middle of the nail, and from the tip towards the middle — avoiding the stripe of pink faded color. It's hard to find a good silver, but Ginger + Liz's 'Tuck Me In' is amazing and covers very well. To complete the look, use the same neon red you started with to add a few dots and lines on the silver, giving a faded effect."


"Start with a neon pink nail. Then, mix your black color with a thin base coat in order to layer it — I suggest you start with mostly the base coat. Use an eyeshadow brush to apply the thinned-out color to the bottom half of the nail using very,very gentle swipes and dabs. With each layer, you start a bit lower on the nail and the mixture will be increasingly opaque. A good top coat will also help blend the gradient." 

Comme des Garçons

"Start with a light, almost lavender-pink color. I recommend the pink from my Shibuya kit with The New Black. It's easiest to freehand the circles using red acrylic paint. You could also use the end of a new Q-tip or smoking filter as a stamp for your circles. If you plan to use a Q-tip, twist the cotton in your fingers to control any loose bits. You'll need an ample amount of color, and I suggest using nail polish rather than acrylic with a Q-tip."


"Start by painting the whole nail cream, then split the nail in half with bright red on one side. Allow both layers to dry, then split the red in half with a bright royal blue or purple. I used a striping brush in black to create the thinner black stripes on the cream side, and a striper brush in white and red to create the very thin lines on top of the red and royal color blocks. If you don't have striping brushes, you should try using a fluid acrylic paint." 

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