Runway Nails: Gold South American Shimmer

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Buenos Aires socialites served as the inspiration for the Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2016 presentation at NYFW. “With their unapologetically glamorous lifestyles and sexy, sassy attitudes,” shares the show’s lead manicurist Deborah Lippmann. “I sought to capture their personality and sense of opulent luxury by layering a 24k gold flake atop a scintillating rose gold chrome.”

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Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1: Deborah contoured natural nails into a short, rounded shape using her Smooth Operator 4-Way Nail Buffer.

Step 2: To prep the nail plate, she exfoliated then hydrated the cuticle using her signature Cuticle Remover and Cuticle Oil. She then cleansed the nails with 2-Second Nail Primer prior to base coat application.

Step 3: For the base, Deborah applied a coat of All About That Base CC Base Coat to create a smooth, matte surface.

Step 4: Deborah began nail lacquer application with one coat of Lullaby of Broadway, a luxe blush chrome, and waited 2 minutes to dry. For a bit of glamorous gleam, she then layered atop one coat of Gold Digger, a 24k gold flake alloy.

Step 5: After waiting 2 minutes to dry, one coat of the NEW Gel Lab Pro Top Coat was applied to seal the nails and prevent chipping. The Wait Is Over Quick Dry Drops were added as a finishing touch to ensure faster drying time and a flawless finish.

Step 6: Hands and cuticles were massaged with Rich Girl SPF 25 Hand Cream and The Cure nourishing cuticle repair cream, respectively, for complete hydration.

For the Toes: Deborah completed the above grooming process before outfitting the toes with All About That Base CC Base Coat and one coat of Lullaby of Broadway before sealing with Gel Lab Pro Top Coat and The Wait Is Over Quick Dry Drops.

[Images: Mark Schafer]

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