When I see muted, dusty tones like the ones above, I think ’90s — when grunge was the style, waif was the look, Stella Tennant the model-of-the-moment (other than Kate Moss, I mean). Bright was out; faded was in. Anything sparkly, glittery, or (gasp!) pink was verboten. Basically, my entire wardrobe was varying shades of beige.
So I had serious flashbacks when I saw the color palette for Creatures of Comfort’s nail look during New York Fashion Week. Dubbed “Nature’s Pinwheel,” the look was a kaleidoscope of muted tones varying from khaki to dusty rose. Naomi Gonzalez for ZOYA created the look, saying, “The inspiration is going back to basic beauty and taking from nature, greenery, and Zen.” Think Out of Africa with Meryl Streep.
Of course, what made the look less ’90s and more now (as in, this is what I would wear glamping) is the fact that each nail boasts a different color — a muted rainbow, if you will. Gonzalez used these shades from Zoya’s collection to create the look: NM Lavender Perfector, Edyta, Sage, Ireland, Dree, Godiva, Charli, Lake, Kennedy, Ziv, Brittany, NM Glossy Seal, Fast Drops. (This is a boon to me because I’m always testing out different nail colors on each nail, so I invariably end up with multi-hued nails. Now I can just say, “Oh, it’s NYFW-inspired, daaaahling.”)
But what really made the nails modern? Pairing them with graphic sunset hued eyes and lips. Gorgeous.
Here’s the how-to:
First apply a single coat of Zoya Naked Manicure Naked Base, follow with one coat of a ZOYA Naked Manicure Perfector to ensure nails are free of imperfections and smooth. Next, using a palette of Edyta, Sage, Ireland, Dree, Godiva, Charli, Lake, Kennedy, Brittany and Ziv, apply two coats of each on all ten nails randomly. Top off with Zoya Naked Manicure Glossy Seal or Satin Seal. Dry quickly with Zoya Fast Drops.
Would you wear this look?