City Pulse

By Susan Romero

The Philosophy collection by Alberta Ferretti for spring 2013 was fun and flirty with a classic menswear tailored touch. There were jackets and ties with feminine patterns and prints in silky fabrics, but also bra tops and short shorts revealing lots of skin. To contrast the clothing, the hair and make-up was simple and natural, along with nude polish on the toenails and, yes, completely bare fingernails. This trend of nude nails was highlighted most with Ferretti’s show.

“I don’t think I’ve seen such a strong trend in my entire career. Right here in New York City it’s nude nails. I’ve never seen it so strong; it’s been nude, nude, nude. In this show we mixed two colors together and called it Skin Time. This is on the toes only. Fingers clean,” said Marion Newman, the lead nail stylist for MAC.

“Not everyone loves their feet, so by putting this on the toes it’s like a concealer,” she said. The two colors mixed together were called Skin and Quiet Time, which equaled Skin Time, a creamy beige color.

Newman also offered some great tips for experimenting with the nude look at home. “You can also layer nude colors to match your own skin tone,” she said. It’s important to test colors close to your hands so you can see what they will look like. She recommended taking a piece of tape and putting it over your nails to test the colors. Brilliant!

As I looked down on my red toenails, I suddenly had the urge to go nude.

Originally published September 2012
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