How to Get the Magical Metallic Nails Seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim

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Sally Hansen-Phillip Lim Fashion NYFW FW16
Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen

At this week’s 3.1 Phillip Lim show over in New York, nails took a magical and metallic turn as Sally Hansen’s Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole, created graphic looks to perfectly complement the Fall/Winter 2016 collection. “3.1 Phillip Lim’s new collection was inspired by Japanese craftsmanship, elegant lacquered wood, samurai sword embellishment, and even lipstick packaging,” Poole reveals to Savoir Flair. “I thought immediately about a tradition I had once heard from the Heian period in Japan, when ninjas would paint the symbol of their clan on their thumb. I wanted the nail look to feel symbolic and to have a striking contrast, hence the use of metallic with the beige shade, but to also work with the palette of the collection – a traditional autumnal array of olive green, mustard and burgundy.”

Sally Hansen-Phillip Lim Fashion NYFW FW16
Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen

To recreate the look at home, Poole shares exclusively with Savoir Flair her top talon tips. See below for her step-by-step guide on how you can nail (excuse the pun) the metallic look.

STEP 1
Paint on two coats of the Sally Hansen ‘Complete Salon Manicure in Commander in Chic’.

STEP 2
Dissect the nail in two using the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in ‘Pedal to the Metal’ with a detail brush.

STEP 3
Use sticker sheets as guidelines for painting perfectly circular shapes. Using a striping brush, paint half a circle using with ‘Pedal to the Metal’ and half with ‘Commander in Chic’. Cover with the Sally Hansen ‘Insta-Dri Top Coat’ and allow ample time to dry before attempting to remove from the sheet. Remove the decals using a tweezer.

STEP 4
Apply a layer of the ‘Insta-Dri Top Coat’ to the nails, then adhere the nail decal to the center of the nail between the color split. Press down all sides.

Sally Hansen-Phillip Lim Fashion NYFW FW16
Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen
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