Stella McCartney’s Resort 2015 collection had us in awe last week with models strutting in side cut-outs, bold stripes and prints galore. Making sure the models’ nails were in tune with the collection, the British designer collaborated with Sally Hansen’s Global Colour Ambassador, Madeleine Poole who complemented McCartney’s superhero prints with bold graphic-designed nails. “First, could there be a more inspiring pattern for nails? The superhero fabric is full of mini patterns within itself,” said Poole. “I zoomed in on the characters and cropped the interesting curves and color combinations to make an abstract design.” And because we figured you would love to recreate these looks at home as much as we do, we’re giving you the lowdown—an easy 4-step guide to creating your very own superhero nails. Let the fun begin!
Step 1 Push back cuticles, polish the surface of nails with a buffing block and scrub with a brush. Wipe fingertips clean with polish remover to complete the prep process.
Step 2 Using your choice of bright blues, greens, yellows and reds, layer on two coats of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel or Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear shades as a base for your nails (Poole chose Miracle Gel in “Electri-Cute” and “Red Eye”, and Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Blue Me Away!” and “Mellow Yellow”). Fun fact: Available in July, Miracle Gel is the first ever part lacquer, part gel system, giving you the glossy finish touch of a gel manicure without the LED lights. Our nail prayers have been answered.
Step 3 Once dried, draw a semicircle from one edge of the nail bed, three-quarters of the way, to the opposite side or choose to go from one top corner of your nail to the other. You can even add two semicircles if you’re feeling creative! Do this in a contrasting colour to the base to give your nails true superhero status. Once they’ve dried, add on a second layer.
Step 4 Finish off by painting on a coat of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat and use a concealer brush to clean up your nail bed (Poole used the E.l.f. Essential Concealer Brush).
As easy as 1-2-3-4, you’re ready to take on the world, one villainous nail chip at a time.
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