Nail Art Gets Edgy: How To DIY Chained Nail Art

The New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 Backstage Beauty Report: Edgy + Chained Nail Art


Designer: Libertine

Lead Manicurist: CND

The Scoop: Loosely inspired by mythology and Indian culture, both the clothing and the nail art were a conglomeration of shimmery, glittering molten artwork, which, as CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold explained, resulted in a high-impact nail art combining “street mentality with elegant couture for a dark and edgy contrast.”

How To DIY Nail Art With Edge

Well, you’d have to get down with your crafty side. And likely forgo any activities that require fine motor skills. Or even just any type of hand use. But if you’re up for the nail art challenge, well, good for you!

Here’s how CND created the sick nail art spotted on the runways at Libertine Fall/Winter 2015.

The golden nails were created by the elite artists of the CND Design Lab Team using  CND® Liquid & Powder, painted with VINYLUX® Weekly Polish and embellished with CND® Additives and a variety of unconventional materials and architectural accessories.

Some key nail art accouterments: Abstract shark teeth nails, inspired by baguettes on the sleeves of the Libertine garments, featured blinding gold studs in varying textures with one giant shark tooth extending halfway up the finger.

Other essential nail art accessories: chandelier chains reminiscent of dripping melted gold, webbed together between the fingers for an over-the-top molten metal effect.

And to top it all off: the lavish 3D nail art was tricked out with 2,500 hand-placed paillettes, 600 feet of gold chain and 110 individually sculpted shark teeth.

Happy (nail art) crafting!!