Runway Nail Art Ideas… 8 Tips to make your manicure last longer

2012 Jason Wu look elegant and edgy
2012 Jason Wu look elegant and edgy

Oh!!!  I love perfectly polished nails!!! Update your style by paying attention to the newest must-haves in fashion: a stylish colorful manicure. Whether simple or sophisticated, nail art technicians have given you various styles to draw inspiration from straight off the runways, so take a peek at the fall/winter nail art and nail color trends and make your nails grab everyone’s attention!

A great manicure and pedicure can really set your mind right for the week. Personally, I get my fingers and toes done professionally because I live in Athens, Greece and it’s utterly convenient — and relatively cheap. But there are times when your budget and your proximity to a good salon may be limited. In this case, it’s great to have a handle on these 8 secrets to perfectly polished nails.

Philip Lim Nail design

1. Moisturize your cuticles

Dry, peeling cuticles can be both ugly and painful, especially when they turn into hangnails. Keep cuticles moisturized, especially in dry, winter months, with a good cuticle cream or oil. Once cuticles are softened, you can use an orange wood stick covered in cotton to push back the cuticles.

Don’t have cuticle oil on hand? Use a rich hand cream or even lip balm. I tried olive oil and it works if you don’t mind the smell!!

Runway Nail Art Ideas

2. Choose the shortest nail to cut by

Not sure how short to clip nails? Choose the shortest nail as your guide. Once you’ve clipped, line each finger up with its opposite, cuticle-to-cuticle, to ensure you cut short enough.

Jen Kao, CND did a creepy ombré using deep tones. It looks completely stunning. Use a top coat when the polishes are wet to get the blended look.

3. Prep nails by filing

After you clip nails, file them into an oval shape mimicking the curve of your nail base. Some women prefer square nails. My hands happen to look better with square –  oval nails, but other women swear theirs look better with squared nails. It’s really your preference. As for what is trendy now… Oval nails are back!!!!

4. Remove oils from the nail before polishing

It’s important to wipe nails with a nail polish remover before applying polish even if you don’t have nail polish to remove. Oils left on the nail (like the hand cream or lip balm) will keep polish from sticking.

Fall 2011 Nails.. Dirty Look!!??

5. Wrap the tips of your nails with polish

When applying polish, be sure to bring it over the front edge of the nail and slightly under the tip. This helps prevent chipping.

When polishing, 2 thin coats are better than one thick coat. You’ll find it dries faster. If the polish chips, it’s best to remove the paint from the nail and start over. If you don’t have time, dip your finger in nail polish remover and smooth over the chipped area and re-apply a topcoat.

Costello Tagliapietra…Just when I thought I was over mint green, this manicure made me fall in love with it all over again

6. How to maintain fresh polish

Keep your mani/pedi looking fresh by adding a new layer of topcoat every other day. A proper manicure should last 1 to 2 weeks. A pedicure should last 2 to 4.

Nail Art

7. How to deal with smudges and stains

Smudged your polish while painting? Try this trick: dip your finger in nail polish remover and use it to smooth the surface, repainting with a topcoat.

The secret to keeping nails from smudging is proper drying time. Surfaces will feel dry to the touch after 10 minutes, but don’t be fooled. It actually takes an entire hour for nails to completely dry.

Fingers stained from nicotine, berries or too dark polish can be fixed with whitening toothpaste. Then brush the skin or nails with a toothbrush.

I’m loving these cool nails from the Jen Kao show at Spring 2012 Fashion Week.

8. How to deal with a broken or torn nail

When a nail breaks, the best thing to do is to cut it off. But here’s a trick if the break is low down (and painful, undoubtedly): cut a tiny strip of gauze from a teabag, place it over the tear and the paint over with polish.

Classy Elegant Style on the Runway 

Love that too!!

Nails at Ralph Lauren Fall 2011
Donna Karan Nails

VIDEO : Instructions for Runway Nail Art …Hhmm it is easier than I thought! There is a trick!

My Nails this week 

I plan to try most of the runway nail trends … starting with Jason Wu next week. As for now my nails are…green.

W magazine and green nails
W magazine and green nails
Starbuks Green nails

I was trying to think how I would describe the color of my nails … Well, as you can see  it is Starbucks green!!! 🙂


 Have a lovely Day!!!


  1. never liked glittery designs and cuty shapes on nails. this ‘dirty’ concept is amazing.
    you picked the right photos, really cool
    question: are there many types of masking ribbons for french manicure?

  2. of course like your website but you need to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very troublesome to tell the reality on the other hand I will surely come again again.

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