Thanks to Marc Jacobs, Your Grown-Out Manicure Is Now Socially Acceptable

We're always here for a beauty trend that encourages laziness.
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We're always here for a beauty trend that encourages laziness.
The makeup and nail look at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 runway show. Photo: @jinsoonchoi/Instagram

The makeup and nail look at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 runway show. Photo: @jinsoonchoi/Instagram

I'm someone who often lets her gel manicure grow out far past its intended life span. As long as it remains shiny and chip-free, I'll ignore all of that re-growth at the nail for as long as possible. (I'll also often choose a nail-art design with negative space towards the cuticle, so that gap looks intentional.) So I'm especially glad to report that grown-out nail polish is officially in fashion — at least if you want to take Marc Jacobs's word for it. 

For the designer's Spring 2018 runway show, nail artist Jin Soon Choi and her team painted models' nails to look purposely grown out, beginning about a quarter of the way up the nail.

The nail look at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 show. Photo: Shana Trajanoska/Marc Jacobs Beauty

The nail look at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2018 show. Photo: Shana Trajanoska/Marc Jacobs Beauty

"The nail look is not [perfect], you know how Marc is. So he doesn't want to have the color on the full nail beds. He liked the idea of grown nails... but perfectly grown nails. So imperfect becomes perfection. So what we do, we used base coat and then we put color a little bit away from the cuticle. It looks like perfectly grown nails, and is finished with a high-gloss top coat," said Choi of the look in a backstage interview.

To create the look, she relied on six new shades (and one pre-existing polish) from the Marc Jacobs Beauty range in a selection of oranges, corals and nudes. "Some were blended at the last minute to match his color palette and fabric," added Choi.

Jacobs has himself been known to dabble in the nail arts, and his brand's polish formula is one of my personal favorites, so I'm willing to entertain his perspective on the matter. (It certainly doesn't hurt that this newfound trend encourages laziness.) And hey, Jacobs has long been regarded as an arbiter of what's cool — despite some of his beauty endorsements not exactly being concepts I can get behind — so if he's willing to parade models down his runway wearing his nail polish shades in a semi-grown out manner, it's probably only a matter of time before others follow suit.

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