Exclusive: This Nail Art Will Make You Hate Disney's Evil Villains A Little Less

Imagine this: You walk into a bar, probably somewhere on the Lower East Side, it smells like freshly-lit cigarettes, gin, and revelry. You spot two women: One is in the corner wearing a tiara and scrolling through her #foodporn Instagram feed, and the other — dressed in all black, draped in a fur (relax, it's faux) — is sipping on a dry martini. Who do you want to hang out with?

While we'd never hope to become villains ourselves, we wouldn't mind getting a drink or hitting up a karaoke bar with one of the evil queens. Let's face it: The Maleficents, the Ursulas, and the Evil Queens of the world are just... cooler. They're also the ones we'd want by our side in a landlord dispute (sometimes you gotta be the bad guy when it comes to adulting). And we're not the only ones who think so.

Tonight, The Blonds debuted their first partnership with Disney, featuring an entire collection inspired by the House of Mouse. Luckily, there weren't any amusement park headbands in sight. Phillipe and David Blond designed a historic collection bringing the unpopular Disney villains — Cruella de Vil, the Evil Queen, Maleficent, and Ursula — to life, from the bedazzled corsets right down to the detailed manicures on the models' fingertips.

Naturally, the nail art was created by CND's design team, led by Style Director Jan Arnold, who's worked with The Blonds since the very first show. "We heard the story, we saw the drawings, we had a meeting with our design team, and soon, we received 100 templates of nail concepts that we then adjusted and curated to present to The Blonds," Arnold told Refinery29 today. The end result: Nearly 350 hours of hand-painted, crystal-embossed gel nails for 30 models.

Here's the thing: These nails may have been inspired by Disney, but they're edgier than anything you'd ever find in Toontown. We got an exclusive look at the details. Click ahead to check out the behind-the-scenes secrets of the nails. These designs will have you tossing your tiara and pink ballgown in no time.

Photographed by Madison Voelkel.
Arnold said that after seeing The Blonds' inspiration board for the first time, the CND team was flooded with ideas of different textures (feathers, sequins, scales) and colors (purples, greens, and true reds). Take a closer look at the mood board, and you'll even spot a photo of Kylie Jenner's lilac manicure.
Photographed by Madison Voelkel.
Paris Hilton walked as de Vil down the runway, but not even she could be as extra as the 101 Dalmatian nails. Made to look like a deconstruction of the villain's puppy coat, a majority of the nails had dangling chains, needles, and loose threads along with white and black feathers to represent the fur.
Photographed by Madison Voelkel.
"[The Blonds] really approached Cruela de Vil as this badass punk rocker," Arnold explains. "She loves couture. She'll do anything to get her hands on it." The bottom row of nails, covered in black and white sequins were made specifically for Hilton's look.
The coolest part: If you flip over the spotted nails, you'd see a candy apple-red glitter and matching crystals glued to the tips.
Photographed by Madison Voelkel.
The Evil Queen in CND's imagination is like a hybrid between the mirror-obsessed stepmother in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts. Notice the dagger-pierced heart (far right) and the gold and silver nails on the left — both of which were inspired by shattered mirror glass.
Photographed by Madison Voelkel.
This nail was created with real pieces of glass painted in gold polish.
The model lucky enough to wear the "bleeding heart" nails (which were made of jelly red polish with foil flecks molded inside) also wore an accent nail pierced by a dagger...
...And another nail in black polish that holds a miniature mirror.
There's even one set of nails coated in gold featuring the mirror's face from the Disney film.
Since Ursula is the sea witch who snatches souls and personal, under-the-sea treasures, it was only fitting to decorate her tentacle chrome nails — which were created via 3-D printer — with real seashells painted in gold shellac.
Although every nail the CND designers created is riddled with detail, it's Ursula's sinister collection that stunts the hardest. The microscopic details (glossy bubbles made from gel and trinkets glued to look like deep-sea treasure) were barely detectable to the eyes scanning the runway from the front row.
Photographed by Madison Voelkel.
But the the pièce de résistance of Ursula's manicure is this ring created to look like her octopus-like tentacles.
Winner of Nails Next Top Artist season 3, Winnie Huang created the ring (that truthfully looks as delicate as blown glass) by wrapping pieces of clay around a pen, painting it in a CND gel top coat, and curing it underneath a gel manicure lamp until it was entirely translucent.
It's a sweet bonus that Huang installed a flickering, color-changing light on the inside of the clay so it appears that Ursula's heart is beating.
The most striking characteristic on Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent is her horns. Naturally, the team recreated the iconic look in a nail that, frankly, we're considering copying for Halloween.
Photographed by Madison Voelkel.
Dubbed Aurora's Curse, this orange and green nail represents the evil queen's curse, which she cast on the needle that Princess Aurora pricked her finger with just before falling into a deep sleep.
Photographed by Madison Voelkel.
Aside form the primary villains, The Blonds also included Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog in the show, represented by these slime green and purple nails practically dripping in evil.
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