Inspired by 18th century art and refined opulence, Rachel Roy’s Fall/Winter 2013 at New York Fashion Week displayed a combination of colorful jewel tones, a range of textures and the balance between darkness and light.

The half-moon manicure nail art created by Katie Hughes, butter LONDON Global Colour Ambassador, was similarly inspired – and equally (and, needless to say, more affordably) covetable.

“I love the half-moon manicure we created for Rachel as it not only embodies the elements that inspired her Fall ’13 Collection, but also those that define it. We chose to use nail enhancements to ensure the nails were elegantly shaped and made a statement, and opted for a combination of a rich oxblood jewel tone (butter LONDON’s La Moss Nail Lacquer) with a lighter shade (butter LONDON’s Tea with the Queen Nail Lacquer) to create dimension between light and dark just as Rachel has done in the collection. The nail look is opulent, exotic and modern, but still quite classic,” said Butter LONDON’s Hughes.

To get the look at home, paint your entire nail with butter LONDON’s Tea with the Queen Nail Lacquer, letting it fully dry, before applying butter LONDON’s La Moss Nail Lacquer on the tips.

Not a pro nail polisher?

Use stick-on nails, like those used on the models, which are more easily and precisely painted with your dominant hand.

Or, if you’re feeling adventurous – or just faux-fingernail adverse – use pieces of scotch or painters’ tape cut into rounded half moon shapes to keep polish off the cuticle-side of your nail while painting the tips in oxblood.

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