Hammered Metal Inspired Nails with Manicurist Hillary Fry


Friend and editorial and salon manicurist, Hillary Fry, has amazing nail art being considered for Nails Magazine’s January cover photo. I’m so in love with the look, that I asked Hillary to explain the inspiration behind it and which products she used to achieve it.

Hillary: Two of the biggest fashion trends carrying through winter 2013 include textures and metals. I wanted to combine both for a representative look of the trends on the nails. I have long had a love for hammered metal, and was inspired in part by Josie Natori hammered cuffs and belts. After trying this indented, dimpling effect onto a nail and coupling it with a layer of the warm glow of copper, I found it created an edgy, industrial and fashionable look.

The metallic trend has been building for a few seasons, but we can turn to The Hunger Games to realize stylist Cinna’s swipe of gold eyeliner set the tone for fall/winter. Textures are also big news. I feel texture has grown up and we’re past gluing sushi pieces onto nail plates. As nail art has replaced the Lipstick Index, we’re at a point where we need to push the envelope. Expect to see more visual interest like sequins, metal studs and eyelets on shoes, purses and pointer fingers. This is the time where texture gets the okay to go mainstream. Expect to be able to feel the texture on your nails!

I created this look using a custom mix of CND Retention+, CND Additives in Black, Copper Leaf and foils. If you don’t want added length, the look can be achieved with CND Shellac.

The story behind the photo:

Everything came together a bit magically. I mentioned to a client I was going to shoot these nails but wasn’t sure how to style it. She mentioned she had some very old tools and rocks that might work. Without knowing what we had, the photographer found broken chunks of asphalt he thought might work as a background. When the props were laid out on the asphalt, the copper tones in the stones stood out and complimented the nails. We actually couldn’t identify what most of the tools were, but they added to that industrial feel. The piece de resistance is the old hammer that had this incredible luster and wood grained handle full of character.

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Posted on by Shannon Smyth in beauty, Beauty Trends, Nail Polish 1 Comment

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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

One Response to Hammered Metal Inspired Nails with Manicurist Hillary Fry

  1. Hillary/solessence
    Thank you for sharing the story about my Hammered Copper nails for Nails Magazine. I appreciate your interest and support!

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