New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 Beauty: Best Nail Art

What we actually want to wear on our nails and what we just like to look at on other people's nails are two very different things sometimes. The nail artistry at this week's New York fashion week actually veered both ways for us this season. While nudes are still a thing, and orangey poppy reds (see Jason Wu) had a strong showing, there were a few surprises, too. Manicurist Jin Soon Choi told us backstage at Alexander Wang to watch for super dark colors (not very spring-like) mixed with brights--for example a mixed mani/pedi. She also said that bright colors with a 70s feeling like purple and turquoise would be big come spring. The established designers went fairly minimal with makeup and nails this season, but we love that indie designers (and Betsey Johnson, of course!) are still taking nail risks.
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What we actually want to wear on our nails and what we just like to look at on other people's nails are two very different things sometimes. The nail artistry at this week's New York fashion week actually veered both ways for us this season. While nudes are still a thing, and orangey poppy reds (see Jason Wu) had a strong showing, there were a few surprises, too. Manicurist Jin Soon Choi told us backstage at Alexander Wang to watch for super dark colors (not very spring-like) mixed with brights--for example a mixed mani/pedi. She also said that bright colors with a 70s feeling like purple and turquoise would be big come spring. The established designers went fairly minimal with makeup and nails this season, but we love that indie designers (and Betsey Johnson, of course!) are still taking nail risks.
*Photo: CND

*Photo: CND

What we actually want to wear on our nails and what we just like to look at on other people's nails are two very different things sometimes. The nail artistry at this week's New York fashion week actually veered both ways for us this season.

While nudes are still a thing, and orangey poppy reds (see Jason Wu) had a strong showing, there were a few surprises, too. Manicurist Jin Soon Choi told us backstage at Alexander Wang to watch for super dark colors (not very spring-like) mixed with brights--for example a mixed mani/pedi. She also said that bright colors with a 70s feeling like purple and turquoise would be big come spring.

The established designers went fairly minimal with makeup and nails this season, but we love that indie designers (and Betsey Johnson, of course!) are still taking nail risks. And more than one showed Lucite tips--hello, new nail trend!

Click through to see all the creative nails from the New York spring 2012 shows so far.

*Photo: butter London

*Photo: butter London

This is our favorite manicure this season. Butter London called it an ombré, but we think it has sort of a cool paint drip feel.

*Photo: Beautylish

*Photo: Beautylish

For Pamela Love, Essie made an upside down V pattern that's visually eye-catching.

*Photos: CND

*Photos: CND

Here's the first "Lucite" mani, seen at Joanna Mastroianni. CND used whites and neutrals, then topped it off with the (trend alert!) gold shimmer top coat.

*Photo: CND

*Photo: CND

At Jen Kao, CND did a creepy ombré using deep tones. It looks completely stunning. Use a top coat when the polishes are wet to get the blended look.

*Photo: CND

*Photo: CND

CND did a very 80s Vans-inspired pink and blue checkerboard.

*Photo: butter London

*Photo: butter London

We look forward to Betsey's beauty look every season, and she didn't disappoint us. Debbie Harry (who has a new album out with Blondie) was the inspiration, and Butter London pulled out the stops for this one. Glittery tips, a holographic top coat, a "diamond" on the nail base--and the icing on the cake: a black safety pin piercing. Rapture.

*Photo: CND

*Photo: CND

CND did a whopping six nail looks for Norman Ambrose--lots of gold, chrome, and glimmer.

*Photo: CND

*Photo: CND

While more subtle, we love CND's clear nail tips covered with a thin layer of silver glitter polish. Very matchy with the eyes.

*Photo: CND

*Photo: CND

More Lucite nails. These were painted with a delicate lacy pattern, which is best left to a professional.