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Rebecca Minkoff Is Essie’s Global Color Designer! Get the Nail Art From Her #NYFW Show

Rebecca Minkoff is about to redesign your manicure wardrobe! Just before showing her fall 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week, Essie announced Minkoff’s new role as the Global Color Designer, and will be launching her first collaboration with the brand next month for spring. “It’s so exciting! Rebecca is so passionate about color, so I wasn’t surprised when the announcement was made,” says Michelle Saunders, lead manicurist at Minkoff’s show. “As soon as I heard, I said, ‘You know what? You do the nails! You pick the colors out.’” To determine exactly which colors to incorporate into the runway show, Minkoff drew inspiration from both the clothing and accessories. “When we did the test, Rebecca had her model hold a handbag after we painted the design,” Saunders adds. “Her handbags are really vibrant, so we had to make sure the colors would still show up against that.”

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While the crisp lines may look intimidating for nail art novices, the effect is one of the easiest to master–it’s all in how you angle the brush. “The width of the stripe is the width of the brush, so the brush does all of the work for you,” says Saunders. After a layer of Essie’s Mademoiselle ($ 8.50; essie.com), Saunders picked up the Berry Naughty hue ($ 8.50; essie.com) and directed the brush upward toward the tip in a V shape. She then took the deep navy Midnight Cami shade ($ 8.50; essie.com) and followed the same motions just above the red portion. “You’re basically drawing a little X at the top of your nails,” she adds. “What you’d want to do is paint all ten nails in Mademoiselle, then do the criss-cross on all ten with Berry Naughty. Once you get around to adding the blue, the rest of the pattern is dry and ready for the next step.” To finish, Saunders added a layer of the Good to Go Top Coat ($ 8.50; essie.com) to seal in the design.

Click through our gallery to see even more of the best manicures from #NYFW!

PHOTOS: The Best #NYFW Manicures–So Far!

Lacquer Up for a Cause with Nailtini’s Latest Nail Polish Collection

If you love shopping for a cause as much as we do, you’ll want to make room on your vanity for Nailtini’s latest collaboration with beauty and style expert (and former InStyle contributor) Melissa Foss. Acting as July’s guest mixologist for “The Lacquer Cabinet”—the brand’s monthly nail polish delivery service—Foss generously combines her keen eye for the hottest nail trends with her passion for saving animals. To give back to her furry friends, a portions the proceeds will benefit Animal Haven, a nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the tristate area. So you can stock up on summery polishes and give to a good cause at the same time.

The all-natural collection includes a trio of appropriately named shades (above), all meant to be worn alone, layered, or mixed: Adopt-apertif (creamy seafoam), Hair of the Dog (matte tangerine with gold dust), and Purr-fect Fizz (sheer pearlescent shimmer).

While the set won’t arrive to subscribers till next month, you can pre-order the collection now at tinibeaty.com.

Then, check out the best mani-pedi combos for summer in our gallery!

We’re Loving These Soda-Inspired Nail Polishes for Summer

OPI has teamed up with one of the most iconic names in beverages to bring us a refreshing collection of nail colors—and it’s just in time for summer! The Coca-Cola by OPI collection features nine new shades inspired by Coke’s most popular beverages, including Coca-Cola Red (above, left; inspired by the original), Today I Accomplished Zero (above center; inspired by Coke Zero), and My Signature is “DC” (above, right; inspired by Diet Coke). There are also colors based on Sprite and Fanta products. “These two iconic brands truly deliver happiness in a bottle, whether it’s a refreshing, invigorating sip of Coke or a set of fingers and toes perfectly polished with OPI nail lacquer,” Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI co-founder and executive vice president, said of the collaboration. The nine colors will be available in nail lacquer and gel formulas in June.

Plus, check out our 14 favorite nail colors for spring!

The Best DIY Nail Looks to Try This Spring

Manicurist Madeline Poole, who’s polished up rockers Miley Cyrus and Kesha, created four DIY designs inspired by spring’s top runway trends. With her fresh pointers, you’ll nail these looks faster than you can type #ManiMonday. Find out how to get each look below!

How-Tos From Left to Right:

PASTEL MOONS

With smoky lavender and a pop of soft coral, this is subtle enough to fly at work but cool enough to boost your fashion cred.

1. Apply a base coat.

2. With the coral polish brush (try Nars nail polish in Wind Dancer, $ 19; narscosmetics.com), paint over the natural half-moon shape at the bottom of your nail. Drag the tip of a wooden orange stick along outer edges to perfect the shape. Let dry.

3. Position the lavender polish brush (we love RBG nail polish in Haze, $ 18; rgbcosmetics.com) at the lower-left corner of the nail, above the coral arc, and sweep it diagonally across the surface. Position the brush at the lower-right corner and repeat. Fill in any gaps.

4. Add a topcoat.

POP ART

If these artful streaks feel too daring to brush over all 10 digits, “try them as an accent nail,” Poole says.

1. Apply a base followed by two coats of white polish like

Butter London’s Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds ($ 15; ulta.com). Let dry.

2. Paint on one stripe of red polish; allow edges to appear uneven. Repeat with yellow and green. We recommend Sally Hansen’s I Heart Nail Art Stripers ($ 4 each; ulta.com). Let dry.

3. Paint on several streaks of black polish, like Orly’s Instant Artist Lacquer in Jet Black ($ 7; orlybeauty.com), in varying lengths.

4. Add a topcoat.

GRAPHIC MINIMALISM

Never cared for coloring inside the lines? Use a long, thin striping brush from a crafts store to draw these V-shapes and keep you on the straight and narrow.

1. Apply a base, then two coats of opaque white polish. Let dry.

2. Grab the black polish and place the tip of the brush on the outer edge of the nail; sweep it over to the center. Repeat, starting at the other outer nail edge.

3. Make a dot at the center of the nail; sweep the brush from that dot out toward the tip, creating a V-shape. Fill in any gaps.

4. Add a topcoat.

BOLD FLORALS

This splashy tip is a cinch to master, if you just keep the shapes abstract, says Poole.

1. Start with a base coat, then add two layers of navy. Poole used Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Rolling in the Deep ($ 18; deborahlippmann.com). Let dry.

2. Paint a few short streaks of green polish over the nail, pointing the ends so they resemble leaves.

3. Next to the streaks, dab and swirl the tip of the purple polish brush (try Ginger & Liz Nail Lacquer in Total Control, $ 12; gingerandliz.com) to make petal-like shapes. Repeat with coral polish. We love Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour in Orange Fizz ($ 27; chanel.com).

4. Dot the yellow pen over petals.

5. Apply a topcoat.