The Runway at Home: DIY Look from Prabal Gurung Show

There are so many hot nail designs coming off the New York Fashion Week runways this week, that I could not help myself in dabbling in a little DIY.

My first attempt at a DIY runway mani was this cool, two-toned look that nail expert Jin Soon Choi chose for models at the Prabal Gurung show. It’s not a half-moon or Ruffian, and it’s not a French or American. It’s a new, fresh look! She was working with Sally Hansen.

She took a base of Lacey Lilac (SH Extreme Wear) and then topped it with a color coming in Spring that Prabal collaborated on – Loves-Me-Not, a deep plum.

To note, Prabal Gurung collaborated with Sally Hansen on a three-color Complete Salon Manicure collection that “features eye-catching brights and creamy pale hues with an edge that reflects the designer’s spring collection inspired by Nobuyashi Araki’s photographic series, “Sensual Flower,” according to a SH press release.

My first attempt was to do this mani design a little different, so I chose Revlon Girly as my base (one coat), with two coats of Orly Lucky Duck on top.

The design looked good, but I wasn’t crazy about the color combo:

I tweeted a pic of my nails on Twitter, tagging Jin Soon. She actually replied! She said the technique was good, but I might want to consider a darker green for a more mature nail. Thanks, Jin Soon! That’s what I did!

I ended up trying it again the next day, but this time, I wanted to imitate that purple and lilac look. So I chose Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Delphinium for the light base (one coat) and two coats of Summer Plum on top.

I was MUCH happier with how this turned out! It looks great!

I found the SH CSM brush a bit harder to work with to get an even rounded look near the base of the nail, with Summer Plum, but things pretty much evened out when I went over it with a second coat.

This is a great, quick, sophisticated design! I believe this is something anyone can imitate – you may need a bit of a steady hand – but you never know how it will go until you try it out yourself!

A little bit more information on the spring SH CSM collection: Not only did Prabal Gurung contribute three polishes to the collection, but Tracy Reese and Alexander Wang also created exclusive nail colors to complement each of their runway collections! The polishes will retail for $7.99, and won’t be available until April 2012. But we can still drool early, right?! I’ve seen pics, but I don’t have any to share right now.

What do you think of this nail design? Do you think this will trend? Do you try to do runway nails at home, too? Share your comments below! And stay tuned – I hope to have another runway look posted soon!

Disclaimer: SH CSM Delphinium and Summer Plum were previously sent to me for review by the PR Firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how keeps it real!