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A model backstage with the finished makeup and nails for Ruffian.

New York Fashion Week Beauty Best: Keri Blair Walden for M·A·C Cosmetics Nail Art At Ruffian Fall 2013

February 15, 2013 • Beauty, Headline

A model backstage with the finished makeup and nails for Ruffian.

A model backstage with the finished makeup and nails for Ruffian.

After racing around backstage at New York Fashion Week, it is absolutely clear to me that nail art is not going anywhere, particularly when it comes to placing texture and embellishment on top of the nail. After seeing a bit here and there, I have to tell you about my favorite from the week, created by my friend Keri Blair Walden for  M·A·C Cosmetics, who did a Victorian bride-in-mourning nail for Ruffian.

Keri Blair Walden for M·A·C Cosmetics working on the nails backstage at Ruffian.

Keri Blair Walden for M·A·C Cosmetics working on the nails backstage at Ruffian.

The collection, which was Gothic and inspired by the old Bowery and had inflections of opulence mixed with English tailoring and bits of softness, demanded a nail that would be impactful and complimentary of the collection. Keri Blair, who is actually one of  M·A·C’s top makeup artists, doubles as their resident nail expert and came up with this wicked incarnation after multiple samples. The designers at Ruffian, Claude Morais and Brian Wolk, are known for their downtown aesthetic that includes an industry-shaking nail look (the half-moon manicure originated on their runway.) They know that nails are a big part of their look and they work closely with Keri to make that happen.

A finished set of nails for the Ruffian Fall 2013 Collection presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

A finished set of nails for the Ruffian Fall 2013 Collection presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The nail is a labor of love, but something you can recreate for yourself. The underside of the nail is painted with a pearlized grey nail lacquer from  M·A·C called Nightfall, then the top is lacquered in two coats of Nocturnelle (a slick, midnight black).

Another model with the nails at Ruffian.

Another model with the nails at Ruffian.

Once the polish dries, cut a piece of tulle about the side of the nail, add a coat of clear polish to the nail, lay the tulle on top of it and let it dry. Trim the tulle and you’re done.

For the ring finger, Keri added a tiny cameo and an extra piece of tulle from the base of the nail to create a veil. It gives it a Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice kind of feeling, doesn’t it? ;)

Personally, this is one of my favorite creative nails from one of the best in the business. I definitely wanted you to see it.

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