We love a good nail experiment here at NYLON. I’ve become a mini-expert now, after re-creating Particulière (the Chanel Fall ’09 color)
and facing the brightest colors that come our way.
My next project? A manicure inspired by famous abstract painter Mark Rothko.
His paintings, which were featured in Mad Men
and garner millions at auction, are known for their brush-stroked rectangles and powerful color palettes. They are simple yet commanding, and the perfect motif for our test.
Unlike other tricky trends, like leopard print or stripes, the Rothko manicure is actually easy to do. It’s pretty much two messy-on-purpose stripes (a fat one and then a thinner one), and voila, abstract art! Well…nail art at least.
First I tried his famous red on yellow combo, but it looked like a bunch of deranged Easter eggs (blame it on our love for neon nail polish!). I liked this brown-grey, black and blue design much better –it’s playful and graphic, and from a distance looks, like a crazy dark French manicure.
Of course, you can check out other Rothko paintings if you want something different or don’t have our exact colors on hand.