All we loved from Paris, Milan and NYFW

From the recurring rage for the perfect French manicure to chrome finishes, OTT embellishments courtesy 3-D texture and negative space, SS19 gave us major nail art goals. We bring you techniques and treatments to elevate your nail art game this season:

Marco de Vincenzo’s show was devoted to his Sicilian childhood. With plenty of lace, chiffon and crystal trim, the mood was ultra-feminine and so were the beauty trends set off by his show. Think pastel or marble glazed Italian cities to pull off this trend in classic shades and you can’t go wrong.

Armani’s show in a cavernous hangar set new standards for industrial chic. The beauty trends from this futuristic runway channeled the spirit via a dark and deep metallic palette. Forget the current flavour for matte finishes and opt instead for old-world glamour to try this trend.

Square nails seem to be a popular choice with Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty showcasing the shape as well. They went bold in their choices, combining regal magenta with gold accents or adding a touch of sparkle to enhance a perfectly adequate colour. Invest in a shimmery bottle from your favourite brand and mix-and-match with shades in primary colours to bring this look home.

Fashion East brought us quirky yet undeniably beautiful nails made with fresh, pressed flowers! The real flowers were hand-placed on long square nails to create this look. Use a light colour as the base, letting the flowers settle in a design of your choice. Finish with a transparent top coat to achieve this look.

Libertine served up loud accents with 3-D texture featuring everything from baroque nails to the soulful combination of pink and gold texture, and including tiny details that reminded one of signet rings.

Moschino made clever use of negative space with their models sporting bare or nude nails with zig-zag patterns in black. Nicole Miller seemed to be thinking along similar lines with nails checkered in two tones - nude and a colour. There are many ways to creatively use negative space: be creative and experiment - after all that is what nail polish remover was invented for!

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