Orbit Nails: The Nail Art Trend We Spotted At New York Fashion Week

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At the Jeremy Scott show during New York Fashion Week, the nail art was just as innovative, colourful, and exciting as the fashion. Catching up backstage with nail artist extraordinaire Miss Pop, who worked with Essie on the show, she introduced us to what she's calling "orbit nails," which you may know as "outline nails."
This look is not exactly for beginners. Playing with negative space, this design involves drawing a precise, straight line all around the edge of the nail. Any little nudge or budge could throw the whole thing off. "If you're a DIY girl and you love doing your nails, this look will take you an hour," Miss Pop says. "If you're not a DIY girl, then this is a project."
To achieve this look, Pop and her team first painted on Essie's Vanity Fairest, which is a light shimmery pink shade. Then they took a thin striper brush and outlined the edge in bright colours that coordinated with Scott's palette for the show — like pink, cobalt blue, and turquoise. You can also do this look on a completely bare nail, Pop says, and it looks much better on round nails than square. In total, Pop and her team did 42 sets of 24 nails, taking an hour for each set. That's about two days work.
But if you're looking at this right now and thinking, "Who do you think I am, Picasso?" Pop has a tip for you: Paint your entire nail the one bold colour you'd want as the outline. Then take an opaque shade that you'd consider to be your nude, and recreate that inner shape of the nail just by doing two rounded strokes within the nail. That's much easier than slowly outlining your entire nail, but still really not what we'd consider easy.
These outline or orbit nails actually aren't entirely new to NYFW. Last year, at the Zang Toi show, Sundays Studio did the look with a blue base and a white outline around the edge. Clearly this is a trend that's slowly catching on. If you're digging this look, check out some more "orbit nail" inspiration from the show, ahead.
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A bright cobalt blue shade like this one called Butler Please provides a great little burst of colour. But do be warned: With a darker colour like this one, which is perfect for fall, you do have to pay closer attention as your nails grow out of your manicure.
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Red nails are always gonna be a classic, and using a bright coral red just on the outline can give it a very 2018 twist. Pop used Cute as a Button at the show.
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The outline here was done in Essie's Splash of Grenadine, a purple-pink shade that matched perfectly with Scott's "Revolt" bags.
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For a look far subtler than bright red or blue, Pop used a turquoise for the final shade, opting for Essie's In the Cab-ana.

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