Elizabeth Entenman
September 12, 2016 7:38 pm
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When a model hits the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, there are certain things you notice first: her bold outfit, her fancy hairstyle, or her killer confidence. Even though our eyes typically go to these things first, a runway look is the sum of many parts — and not just the obvious ones.

Backstage beauty is the unsung hero of NYFW. It takes a big glam squad to prep models for shows, and some of our favorite backstage beauty gurus are the manicurists. In fact, nail art plays a big role in bringing runway looks together.

NYFW nails have been so incredibly on point so far this season. Here are some of the looks that have us reaching for the polish.

These fantastically feminine nails at Rebecca Minkoff.

Model Caroline Vreeland has us re-thinking our dark fall polish colors.

This fun design at Nicole Miller.

It’s so bright and fun, and we actually think that we miiight be able to pull it off on our own nails.

These long, pointy nails at Cushnie et Ochs.

These are the French tips of our dreams.

This futuristic look at Desigual.

Speaking of French tips, this silver + glitter combo takes the trend in a whole new direction.

These tie-dye nails, too!

Desigual is absolutely crushing the nail art game.

This masterpiece at Marissa Webb.

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We hope you have a steady hand, because it’s necessary for this intricate design!

These bright claws at Jeremy Scott.

Model Lais Ribeiro is pulling. Them. Off.

These fun metallic nails at Michelle Helene.

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We love that each nail is different.

These turquoise nails at Christian Siriano.

Can you say ’80s beach vacation?

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