Get The Look: NYFW Spring/Summer 2015 Nails

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One of the greatest things about New York Fashion Week is getting a sneak peak at the beauty that will be hot next season. Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON Global Color Ambassador, gives us the scoop on how to get the gorgeous nail looks that graced the runways earlier this month.

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Designer: Tadashi Shoji

The Scoop: Built on water and steeped in beauty, the Golden Palace of Venice is our destination. The collection is full of intricate detailing paired with playful transparencies. The colors of Venice inspire the palette – glowing pastels of frosted jade, pink shadow and blue stone are built up in layers. Here’s how Hughes created the look:

1. Hughes applied butter LONDON Nail Foundation ($19) mixed with the new butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in High Tea (available 2015) to create a clean, nude base.

2. She used butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in The Full Monty ($19) applied with the Striping Brush (available in the butter LONDON Colour Hardwear Nail Art Tool Kit , $30) to create a diagonal mesh-like pattern.

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Designer: Creatures of the Wind

The Scoop: The nail was inspired by the idea of a mirage. To avoid looking “costume-y,” a natural base was used. The final result was something somewhat unrecognizable, but with elements of the familiar. Here’s how Hughes created the look:

1. Hughes applied butter LONDON Nail 999 Rescue Basecoat ($40) to add shine to the nail.

2. Then she applied the new butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Full Steam Ahead (available November 2014) to the tips of each nail.

3. She used butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Diamond Geezer ($15) using her finger to create an ombre fade, which allows the darker shade to come through softly for added dimension and an ultra-modern effect.

4. Lastly, she topped the nail off with butter LONDON Nail 999 Topcoat ($40).

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Designer: Lela Rose

The Scoop: The nail look was inspired by the clean lines in the collection. Full of colors and prints, the collection was elegant yet modern. Here’s how Hughes created the look:

1. Hughes used two coats of butter LONDON Nail Foundation ($19) to create a clean, nude base.

2.  She then placed nail art studs on the pointer and pinky fingers of one hand and the middle and pinky fingers of the other hand for a sleek twist on a nude nail.

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Designer: Milly

The Scoop: Taking a spin on Madonna’s look in the early 80s, this collection has a retro vibe without coming off as vintage. The modern take on the era makes for a fun, bold collection. Here’s how Hughes created the look: 

1. Hughes applied butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy ($15) to the nail.  

2. Then butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Finish Basecoat ($19) was applied over the color to tone down the shade underneath and give a creamier, softer effect to the shade.

3.  Lastly, she topped the nail off with butter LONDON  Nail 999 Topcoat ($40) to lock in color and make it shine.

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Designer: Nicole Miller


The Scoop: The collection was inspired by the art and culture of Brazil. The bright prints and colors evoke the vibrancy and movement of a tropical, Copacabana beach getaway. Here’s how Hughes created the look:

1. Hughes applied two coats of butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Jaffa ($15).

2.  Metallic gold striping tape was cut to fit the width of the pinky nail and used to the middle of the pinky nail on each hand.

3. Hughes finished with butter LONDON Nail 999 Basecoat ($40) to give a creamier, softer final effect.

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Designer: ICB by Prabal Gurung


The Scoop: With optimism caught in motion, the ICB girl sends a message of clever confidence with her fresh, decisively real approach to dressing. Classic navy and pale blue evolve into a radiant, monochrome shock of bright indigo, juniper, and watermelon, cleansed to a finishing palette of black and white. Here’s how Hughes created the look:

1. Hughes used butter LONDON Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat ($19) on bare nails.

2. She mixed butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds ($15) with butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Full Steam Ahead (available in November 2014) to create a soft gray color. With the Ombre Brush (available in the butter LONDON Colour Hardwear Nail Art Tool Kit, $30), she applied the lacquer from the right side of the nail into the middle of the nail.

3. She topped off the nail with butter LONDON Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat ($19) to seal in color.

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Designer: Rachel Zoe


The Scoop: The collection was inspired by the jet-set glamour of the 1960s, a decade when most women used travel as a reason to dress up. Textured silks, striped linens and scalloped lace in iconic black and white segue to delicate metallic embroidery and turquoise embellished crepes, all creating a collection that is as contemporary as it is classic. Here’s how Hughes created the look:

1. Two coats of  butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Tea With The Queen ($15) were applied.

2. Next, Hughes applied a coat of butter LONDON Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat ($19) to soften and even out the color.

3. Lastly, she used butter LONDON Nail 999 Basecoat ($40) to give a creamier, shiny final effect.

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