31DC2017 Inspired by Fashion – Carolina Herrera 2018 Nails

This year for the fashion prompt I was inspired by a design from Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2018 collection. I began by applying a nude base color, let that dry, then painted sections with blue and yellow. Finally, I used a variety of different polishes to dot the colorful specks over the nude. I didn’t use any tape, but doing so would have made the color blocked sections much neater. You can see the design that inspired this nail art below!

Wet n Wild Private Viewing
Milani Power Periwinkle
Kleancolor Neon Yellow

To check out the other designs in the collection, click here.

Previous years’ nail art:

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31DC2016 Inspired by Fashion – Betsey Johnson


For the fashion prompt I did a design based on Betsey Johnson’s Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear CollectionContinue reading

31DC2015 Inspired by Fashion – Carolina Herrera Fall 2015



This is my third time choosing a Carolina Herrera design for the fashion prompt. I’m always blown away by her designs and this collection is no exception. The Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear features a lot of blue and gray fabrics with patterns resembling smoke and water that are perfect for nail art inspiration. I instantly knew I would use the water spotting technique as soon as I saw the collection. I only used three colors, and only two of those in the water. It was pretty easy to do, but I guess my head was in the clouds or something, because I forgot to tape around my fingers :/ I had a huge mess on my hands when I finished and it was such a pain to clean!


I began by first painting my nails with one coat of Sparitual Blue Lagoon. It could have been more opaque but I didn’t bother adding a second coat since I would be water spotting on top of it. I didn’t have any spray hand sanitizer so I used hairspray instead. It was a bit difficult to work with, but I only needed 2-3 sprays to get a good amount of spaces. I first used Wet ‘n’ Wild Black Creme trying to keep it as minimal as possible so as not to overpower the blue. The last layer is Fresh Paint Firefly, a light gray. This worked much better in the water and with the spray, and it made the design look ten times better. This is definitely another of my favorite designs I’ve done for this year’s challenge and can’t wait to do it again when I can actually wear it for more than a day!

31DC2014 Inspired by Fashion: Oscar de la Renta


This design was inspired by Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection; more specifically, the two dresses below.

Even though the snow’s piled up high here, all of the tiny floral patterns make me want to pull out my Spring dresses. I think the gingham pieces are a nice touch too. You can check out the entire collection here. My favorites (apart from these two) have got to be looks 46 and 53 – they remind me of upside-down flowers!

Revlon Parfumerie China Flower, Sunlit Grass
Ciaté Apple & Custard
ULTA Peach Parfait
Wet ‘n’ Wild French White Creme
Salon Perfect Nail Art Black Ink

31 Day Challenge 2013: Inspired by Fashion


These are inspired by a dress (shown below) from Carolina Herrera’s Fall 2013 Collection. I love the print and the color combination. For the base, I used a nameless beige color from S&C, then white and black polish to make the squares.

I’m trying Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat, and it takes longer to dry than my usual top coat, so I ended up smudging the nails a bit. The black also streaked, which was disappointing. However, I’m mainly interested in it as a base coat to see if it can prevent staining.

31 Day Challenge: Inspired by Fashion


I don’t normally follow fashion shows, but I am familiar with a few designers. I love Carolina Herrera’s designs, so I based the nail art for this challenge on a red dress from her Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection. I love the detailed black and white beading and I tried to mimic the look with the help of stripers and nail art tape as guides. My base color was Orly’s Monroe’s Red and the stripers I used were Hurricane in White, Kiss Nail Art in Black, and  Sinful Color Nail Art in Be My Valentine to help correct lines. Overall, I’m really proud of how it turned out!

To see more of the collection, click here. The photo that inspired the design: