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Inspired by Mad Max and the Sahara desert, Los Angeles-based editorial nail artist Betina Goldstein created a sand-toned nail look for a section of the KITH Spring/Summer 2020 show using Essie.

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“The contrast between the glossy moon and the matte nail creates a three-dimensional effect,” says Goldstein on the dune-shaped design. “It’s almost as if the models dipped their fingers in the sand.”

Get the Runway Look

Step 1

Prep the nail. Apply Here to Stay Base Coat. Outline the moon and sides of the nail using a detail brush with Cliff Hanger.

Step 2

Fill in the nail from the moon down with Cliff Hanger.

Step 3

Apply Matte About You Top Coat only over Cliff Hanger, leaving the moon shape glossy. Finish with Apricot Cuticle Oil.

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For the next look, Goldstein looked to Paris, France for inspiration for another section of the KITH show using Essie to create a double-corner French design for “an edgy, modern twist on a classic concept,” she adds.

Get the Runway Look

Step 1

Prep the nail. Apply Here to Stay Base Coat. Apply one coat of Mademoiselle to the nail.

Step 2

Use a detail brush and Blanc to paint a tapered line along the base and free edge corners of each nail.

Step 3

Apply Matte About You Top Coat, and finish with Apricot Cuticle Oil.

A third look played off the sporty Cordova ski suits for the Aspen-inspired section of the show. Goldstein opted for a minimalistic, futuristic design with a metallic line painted down the center of each nail. “The chrome polish against a matte base, mirrors the reflective detailing in the clothes,” she says.

Get the Runway Look

Step 1

Prep the nail. Apply Here to Stay Base Coat. Apply one coat of Mademoiselle to the nail.

Step 2

Apply one layer of Matte About You Top Coat.

Step 3

Use a detail brush and No Place Like Chrome to paint a vertical line down the center of each nail. Finish with Apricot Cuticle Oil.

—by Angelina Lewis

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