3 Nail-Art DIYs Inspired By Proenza Schouler, Rag & Bone, And Altuzarra

We’re back, with our latest round of runway-inspired nail art! The fall ’12 shows were rife with pretty patterns worth co-opting for your nails, so we may very well have outdone ourselves this time around. We picked three of our favorite pieces from the spring '12 collections — courtesy of Proenza Schouler, rag & bone, and Altuzarra — and created our own trendy nail art inspired by their chic prints. Follow our step-by-step tutorial and get your digits decked out in the latest designer duds. If you want to do a little catwalk, we'll be right behind you.
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Altuzarra's Graphic Prints — The intricate designs from Altuzarra's fall '12 show lent themselves to some beautifully stark nail-art designs in hues of black and white. You'll need nail-art polishes in opaque shades of black and white.

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To start, paint a thin black line across the middle of your nail on your index finger, then draw four vertical lines through the first line.

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Take your white polish and fill in the blanks, then use your black polish to go over the original lines and clean them up. We do the back-and-forth method with the colors because it allows for you to make more mistakes — if you painted your nail white first and then painted on the black, it would make any shakiness or errors look more apparent. This way you can go back and clean things up, without making the design get too goopy or smudged. Repeat this design on your pinkie finger.

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Using your black polish, draw a horizontal line across the middle of the nail on your ring finger, then draw a vertical line directly below that, making a "T" shape. On each side of the vertical line, make another vertical line about halfway up, then create a small horizontal line to connect it to the edge of the nail.

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On the top of that first horizontal line, make five short vertical lines that extend across the nail. Use your white polish to fill in the blanks, then clean up and define your lines with the black.

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There were a lot of different patterns to choose from on this particular dress, but we only chose to show you two of them. You can definitely take your inspiration from some of the other patterns and mix and match them on your nails for a more authentic replication.

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Proenza Schouler's Kimono Flowers — The Eastern-influenced patterns and metallic fabrics lent themselves to a very feminine, yet still edgy design. For this look, grab a nail-art brush and some frosted baby blue polish, metallic copper, a deep navy blue, and a mustard yellow.

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Paint your nails with the copper polish, then dip a nail-art brush into the frosted blue polish — don't wipe off the excess, as you'll want to grab a good amount of polish in order to make the "blossoms" the right size. Touch your brush to the nail to create a large dot of polish, then add a few more haphazardly around the nail.

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Clean off your brush, then dip it in the navy blue polish, this time wiping off the extra polish so you just have a small amount on the brush. Place a tiny pinpoint of color in the center of the frost blue polish, which will create your "blossom." Clean off your brush again, then dip it in the mustard polish and create a few small dots scattered across the nail.

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Much like the dress it's inspired by, these shimmery nails are a work of art! The design may be very feminine, but the unique color palette keeps it from looking too twee.

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Rag & Bone's Leafy Tracks — The moment we saw this toasty dress on the runway, we knew we had to have it on our digits. The pattern reminds us of laurel leaves and while it looks tricky, it's deceptively simple to pull off. You'll need a nail-art brush, opaque black polish, and a metallic copper lacquer.

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Paint all of your nails with the black polish. Dip your brush into the copper polish and create a small, diagonal slash in the very center of the nail. Add three more identical slashes across the nail, then repeat the process underneath, so that the slashes are going in the opposite direction, creating what looks like a disconnected line of arrows.

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Using the copper polish, create a line of small dots above your diagonal slashes, then repeat the process below, so that you have a border on both sides of your "leaves."

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Simple, elegant, beautiful — what more could you want from your nail art?

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