This Is Why We'll All Be Wanting Mannequin Nails Next Season

Say goodbye to your usual berry red


At London Fashion Week, mannequin nails were the order of the day. Fairly self-explanatory in that the aim is to make hands look just like those of a shop-window model, they get our vote as the trickiest-to-pull-off nail trend of the season.

At both Antonio Berardi and Anya Hindmarch, the high priestess of nail art Marian Newman took bottles and bottles of polishes backstage to ensure that every single model was perfectly colour-matched to their skin tone.

In order to do so, Newman and her team looked at a very specific part of the hand – the area where the thumb joins the hand and where there is no redness (unlike on the knuckles) and no blue veins.

The nude nails at Antonio Berardi were accented by graphic patterns snaking up the models' hands and wrists in black and white body paint.

Newman ensured that the nails were as authentically mannequin-esque as possible by adding a satin-finish top coat on top of the chosen nude colours.

Those top coats can be hard to come by, so Newman recommends using a matte finish and then rubbing the nail with a fingertip once dry – the natural oils from the skin will give the desired effect.

It's not a look for everyone, but one bonus of matching your fingers to your nails is that it does have a lengthening effect – just as nude heels create the illusion of longer legs.

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