This Is the Nail Polish Used On 5 Different NYFW Runways

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It’s actually not even a lacquer at all — it’s a base coat.

Not only was a lot of the makeup at NYFW very minimal, but the nails were, too. "Barely there" was a trend, to the extent that an actual base coat was used as the manicure look at many shows.

“Out of our six shows, five shows wanted the exact same nail,” said Nonie Creme backstage at J. Mendel, which closed the week for the celebrity manicurist.

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That one polish everyone wanted was, of course, a base coat: Colour Prevails Mannequin Hands CC Creme Basecoat ($8). “As much as I hate to say it, neutral is a thing,” said Creme, who also worked on Ryan Roche, Milly, Lela Rose and Rachel Comey this week. “This is a great way to achieve it — it has been the hero product of the week. It’s essentially a colorized nail primer.”

Typically a person would use this polish before a color, to provide a smooth, even surface and make the manicure last longer. “But what’s happening across the board is that we get to the hair and makeup test, we put the base coat on and they’re like, ‘Oh we love it!’ And it’s a base coat — we haven’t even started yet,” said Creme. “So that’s the look.”

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One key thing about wearing this subtle look in real life? “For spring/summer we’re apparently all going to be wearing soft neutral nails, so it’s going to be about nail maintenance, how to get your cuticles looking good,” she said. “If we’re going to be wearing this much boring nail polish we really need our hands to be looking great.”