Deborah Lippmann Reveals How to Pick the Perfect Nude Nail

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At Kate Spade New York's fall 2016 presentation at NYFW, the nail guru reveals it's all about the cuticle.

According to nail expert Deborah Lippmann, the nude nail trend is here to stay — both on the streets as well as the red carpets this season.

At Kate Spade New York's fall 2016 presentation, Lippmann opted for her shade Baby Love ($18), but noted that picking the perfect nude isn’t always that easy. “You would think that a simple pink like that, anybody could wear,” she explained backstage. But depending on skin tone, the shade, and even the number of coats, could vary.

“One of my tips always for ‘how do you pick the perfect nude?’ is to put it on and see what your cuticles look like, because your cuticles will literally turn red or ruddy brown if you’ve got the wrong nude on,” noted Lippmann. She added, “So with this shade we’re doing several coats, and with some of the girls, if they have really light skin we’re doing just one coat.”

Though she’s currently knee-deep in fashion week (she also opted for the nude shade Fashion ($18) at Jason Wu’s show later that afternoon), the guru won’t have much time to rest before the last major shows of red-carpet season kick off. And you can bet nude nails will also be on the agenda when she helps stars like Alicia Vikander and Amy Schumer prep for big nights.

“I think there’ll be nudes,” she said of the Oscars red-carpet nails. This is especially true of the front-runners — because photographs with the statue will live on forever.

“I want [the nail color] to be what’s going to look best holding the gold guy with her dress,” she said. “My brand would like the nail polish to shine, but that’s just not who I am. I can’t do it.”