Fashion trends are often solidified by icons, and who is more iconic than Marilyn Monroe? Gelish and Morgan Taylor just launched their second collection inspired by the blonde bombshell, Forever Marilyn—a perfect tie-in to our Fall Fashion Issue. This time, the collection is inspired less by the glam Monroe and more by the real woman behind the glitzy façade. The six shades provide an array of rich and wearable colors, from timeless red cream Classic Red Lips to modern metallic bronze That’s So Monroe. For this cover, Gelish dean of education Vu Nguyen used the hues to create a contemporary look highlighting the clear tip trend. After sculpting crystal extensions with clear acrylic, he hand-painted geometric patterns on the nails—no two designs quite the same—creating a visually arresting set. It just goes to show that iconic color and style is indeed timeless.

[Nails: Vu Nguyen, Gelish; Photography: Angela Marklew, angelamarklew.com; Makeup: Jadyn Ngo, The Visionaries Agency; Hair: Frankie Payne, Opus Beauty, using Amika; Model: Kara Solek, The Industry Model Mgmt; Digital Imaging: Art Vasquez, RP Digital]

This story first appeared in the September issue of Nailpro magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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