3.1 Phillip Lim F/W 2011

While I don’t condone French manis (or God forbid, pedis) of any kind, or those sticky bedazzled things, I’m all for getting a little fancy in the nail department. While there were many wicked nail designs this season, I’m kind of in love with these three.
 3.1 Phillip Lim F/W 2011
There is something magical about the colour combo on this half-moon mani. The concept for this look was “Yazuka’s flesh and ink,” using CND‘s ‘Desert Suede’ as base, and then ‘Midnight Sapphire’ for the half moons. 

Ruffian F/W 2011
Of course Ruffian was the first designer to popularize the moon mani (remember this?), so it’s natural that they are kind of over it by now. They’ve moved onto the tuxedo nail! How adorable? Tiny tuxedos were created using CND’s ‘Asphalt’ as base, then topping it off with ‘Ice Blue Shimmer’ and ‘Violet Shimmer’, and finally painting on the details with ‘Blackjack’.
Prabal Gurung F/W 2011

And for something a little more painterly, how about Prabal Gurung’s speckled black ink? Inspired by Chinese calligraphy, these nails complimented the collection so beautifully (check out this dress). Sally Hansen‘s creamy pale pink, ‘Crinoline’, was used as a base, and then ink speckles were painted using ‘Midnight in New York’. Also kind of Jackson Pollock-y.
Have you ever done anything like this with your nails? I’m thinking they’d be a great conversation starter at an awkward Christmas party.