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Talon-tastic Thursday: Kate Spade AW12

Thursday, February 16, 2012   |   0 comments

So, I am a little bit in love with the nails that celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann created for Kate Spade's AW12 presentation during New York Fashion Week.

The exaggerated, pointed oval shape is ladylike but not staid - a little bit kooky and bang on trend - and the imperfect, almost haphazard nude polka dots are striking without being shouty or OTT. Conservative cool, if you will.

The charm of these manicures lies chiefly in the irregular placement and size of the dots, but I was initially surprised by that since it seemed at odds with the perfectly polka dotted pieces in the collection.

Still, it makes the look easy peasy to recreate at home! 

1. Apply a base coat, followed by two thin, even coats of black creme polish.
2. Use a contrasting shade to create the polka dots. Swirl the shaft of the nail polish brush around the inner neck of the bottle as you take it out to remove any excess, and then wipe both sides of the brush clean on the inside of the neck; this serves to flatten the brush slightly. Use a corner of the flattened brush to pick up a small bead of polish and gently press this onto the nail to create a dot of colour.
3. Repeat at random all over the nail, varying the amount of polish and pressure you use to change the size of the dots.
4. Finish with a layer of top coat and admire your lovely new paint job!

Products used:
Orly Bonder Rubberized Polish Gripping Basecoat
Barry M Black (Lippmann used Fade To Black from her eponymous nail polish line)
Clarins French White (Lippmann used Deborah Lippmann I'm Not Innocent, a light peachy nude shade) 
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

{Image sources: 1. Kate Spade; 2. Bellasugar; 3. Glamour}

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