One of the hottest new nail trends to hit runways and red carpets is “mannequin hands,” which refers to the look you get when you paint your nails with a flesh-colored polish that matches your skin tone. A neutral nail does for fingers what nude heels do for legs: elongates. The look works on all nail shapes and there is a shade out there for everyone, so nailphiles everywhere can embrace this trend. And because a nude nail compliments any ensemble and doesn’t reveal chips like darker polishes can, this is a versatile and low-maintenance look. To find your perfect shade, head to your local makeup counter or beauty supply store with naked nails and start swatching.
Backstage at the Lela Rose Spring 2010 runway show at New York Fashion Week, I had a tête-à-tête with nail authority Deborah Lippmann — who officially pronounced French manicures and pedicures as dead. “Opaque beiges and tans are the new way to wear a neutral nail. I also love that these opaque nudes can do what pale, sheer pinks can’t: they cover imperfections better, result in less streaks, and make fingers look longer and leaner."
My perfect mannequin hands shade just so happens to be the nude creme she used on models at that show, aptly called Fashion. Deborah Lippmann nail color ($16) is available at Beans Beauty.