02/21/2012 05:51 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Christian Cota Nail Art

As Stylelist Senior Beauty Editor Simone Kitchens and I dashed backstage between shows during New York Fashion Week fall 2012, we noticed many of the models were flaunting neutral nail colors in taupe, beige and putty. This flesh-toned manicure trend was layered (literally) with another at Christian Cota's presentation.

Captivated by Cota's Mexican-influenced sweaters, vests and ponchos, CND manicurists blended "shades of a well-aged and sun-washed clay pot" to create terracotta ombre nails.

Photos: Model at the Christian Cota fall 2012 presentation; CND Colours in Chocolate Milk, Putty and Super Matte Top Coat; Christian Cota fall 2012 nail art.

To get this look at home, first use a makeup sponge to apply CND Colour in Chocolate Milk from the cuticle to the center of the nail. Then add CND Colour in Putty from half way point to the nail tip. To finish the look, use CND Super Matte Top Coat to combine the two colors while still wet.

What do you think about this terracotta-inspired manicure? A new take on the classic nude nail, I think it creates a warm gradient color that wears well on any skin tone.

For more Fashion Week nail inspiration, check out this flaming floral design that matches Rachel Antonoff's fall 2012 collection perfectly.

Click through the slideshow below for more DIY nail art.

And don't miss this very un-boring way to wear taupe eyeshadow.

DIY Nail Art


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