Nail It: Hot Off-the-Runway Manis

Butter LONDON’s Global Colour Ambassador Katie Hughes — who created some of the hottest manicures at New York Fashion Week Fall 2013 — shared all the deets behind the nails at Altuzzara, Rachel Roy, Dannijo, Nicole Miller and more. I can’t wait to try the half-moon mani out tonight.

The Reverse French Mani from Rachel Roy

Katie created a half moon manicure using butter LONDON’s Nail Lacquer in Tea with the Queen and La Moss to fit the rich colors and textures of Rachel’s collection.

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Here’s how Katie achieved the look:


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“I love the half-moon manicure we created for Rachel as it not only embodies the elements that inspired her Fall ’13 Collection, but also those that define it. We chose to use nail enhancements to ensure the nails were elegantly shaped and made a statement, and opted for a combination of a rich oxblood jewel tone (butterLONDON’s La Moss Nail Lacquer) with a lighter shade (butter LONDON’s Tea with the Queen Nail Lacquer) to create dimension between light and dark just as Rachel has done in the collection. The nail look is opulent, exotic and modern, but still quite classic.”

The Edgy French Mani from Kaelen 


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To fit the sophisticated, cleaned-up grunge vibe of Kaelen’s Fall 2013 collection, Katie created a texture clash nail look – with a matte black base and a glossy black french tip.

Here’s how to recreate the look:


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Step 1: Apply butter LONDON Nail Foundation Flawless Base Coat

Step 2: Apply 2 coats of butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black

Step 3: Apply butter LONDON Matte Finish Top Coat

Step 4: Swipe butter LONDON P.D. Quick Top Coat to the tips to create a glossy french tip finish

Natural Nails from Altuzarra


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Here’s Katie went with polished, natural nails to complement the collection’s focus on core silhouettes and classical tailoring with a modern, feminine twist.

Here are the deets:


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Katie used butter LONDON’s Nail Foundation + PD Quick Top Coat to create a buffed nail look


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Chrome Matte Manis at Nicole Miller


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Katie created three different nail looks for Miller’s tomboy-inspired collection.

Here’s what she used”

As always, Katie began the looks with the butter LONDON Nail Foundation and finished with butterLONDON PD Quick Top Coat.

Look 1: Stag Do


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Look 2: Royal Navy with Wallis layered on top


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Look 3: Royal Navy with a custom chrome shade (which she made for Nicole’s show and will be available this summer) used for a single finger embellishment



Goth-Glam Manis at Dannijo

Dannijo - Presentation - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week


Katie created three nail looks for Dannijo’s mix of bold, contemporary and old-Hollywood glam.

Here’s the 4-1-1:

As always, Katie began the looks with the butter LONDON Nail Foundation and finished with butter LONDONHardwear Quick Top Coat

Look 1: Yummy Mummy


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Look 2: La Moss


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Look 3: La Moss with a layer of Saucy Jack on top


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Not-So-Neutral Nails at La Perla

La Perla - Presentation - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

La Perla

The La Perla Collection was inspired by Spain and the Spanish rhythm where traditional and contemporary facets meet. The Black Label Collection was inspired by the exotic side of art.

Katie created two nail looks for the presentation, one for the Spanish-inspired La Perla Collection and one that nodded to the exotic art that influenced the Black Label Collection.

Here’s what she did:

Katie began the looks with the butter LONDON Nail Foundation and finished with  butter LONDONHardwear Quick Top Coat

Look 1: Katie matched the models skin tones with one of the three lacquers in the Starkers Collection: Shandy, Crumpet or Tea + Toast


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Look 2: Union Jack Black with Yummy Mummy


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