Paint Your Nails In Stunning Runway Looks With These DIY Tips!

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on August 29.]
Nail art has become as ubiquitous of an accessory as a statement necklace or platform dazzler, which means you've gotta score a perfect 10 from your pinkies to your thumbs to get noticed. And just in time for Fashion Month, we've hunted down the polish princess of L.A., Madeline Poole, to give us some surprisingly easy tips on how to paint magnificent manis modeled after some of our favorite catwalk looks.
She's previously sought inspiration in everything from Cheetos bags to Steve Madden kicks, and her own collab with The New Black just hit Sephora's shelves, so you can bet your fingers are in good hands! Click through these five digit looks inspired by the likes of Carven and Comme des Garçons for some serious top coats that are RTW now!
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Mary Katrantzou
"I started with a pale-green base and sectioned off three small squares in bright blue. For all other detailing, I used either a striper brush, or acrylic paint and a small paintbrush. You should also use a dotting tool to create perfect black-and-white dots."

RGB Nail Polish in Dew, $16, available at RGB.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Madeline Poole
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Chanel
"Paint the whole nail neon red, and in the center of the nail, create an organic stripe with a brighter hot pink. Allow this to dry, then create another thinner organic stripe with a lighter pink. After these colors have dried, swipe on silver from the base of the cuticle towards the middle of the nail, and from the tip towards the middle — avoiding the stripe of pink faded color. It's hard to find a good silver, but Ginger + Liz's 'Tuck Me In' is amazing and covers very well. To complete the look, use the same neon red you started with to add a few dots and lines on the silver, giving a faded effect."

Ginger + Liz Nail Lacquer in Tuck Me In, $12, available at Ginger + Liz.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Madeline Poole
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Christian Dior
"Start with a neon pink nail. Then, mix your black color with a thin base coat in order to layer it — I suggest you start with mostly the base coat. Use an eyeshadow brush to apply the thinned-out color to the bottom half of the nail using very, very gentle swipes and dabs. With each layer, you start a bit lower on the nail and the mixture will be increasingly opaque. A good top coat will also help blend the gradient."

Stila #30 Double Ended Eyeshadow Brush, $18, available at Nordstrom. Dior Haute Couleur in Plaza, $23, available at Dior.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Madeline Poole
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Comme des Garçons
"Start with a light, almost lavender-pink color. I recommend the pink from my Shibuya kit with The New Black. It's easiest to freehand the circles using red acrylic paint. You could also use the end of a new Q-tip or smoking filter as a stamp for your circles. If you plan to use a Q-tip, twist the cotton in your fingers to control any loose bits. You'll need an ample amount of color, and I suggest using nail polish rather than acrylic with a Q-tip."

The New Black x The Digital Underground by Madeline Poole Nail Kit in Shibuya, $24, available at Sephora.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Madeline Poole
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Carven
"Start by painting the whole nail cream, then split the nail in half with bright red on one side. Allow both layers to dry, then split the red in half with a bright royal blue or purple. I used a striping brush in black to create the thinner black stripes on the cream side, and a striper brush in white and red to create the very thin lines on top of the red and royal color blocks. If you don't have striping brushes, you should try using a fluid acrylic paint — I like Golden Fluid Acrylics for this."

RGB Nail Polish in Vellum, $16, available at RGB.

Photos: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Madeline Poole
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