Mani Monday: Damask Nails

Straight from the New York Fashion Week runways (specifically the Veronica Beard show), my new fall manicure is not Calgel (I’m giving my nails a break from the gel because they were peeling and thinning). According to the artist behind my mani masterpiece, Essie manicurist Michelle (who also painted the models’ nails backstage at Veronica Beard), this is the easiest nail art to DIY: Start with two coats of colored polish (I’m wearing Essie in Vested Interest, a new fall shade), then apply a layer of matte top coat over each nail. To create a damask-like design just like mine, paint squiggles and dots with a shiny top coat. I’m going to try this myself next time with shiny top coat stripes–then it’ll really look just like damask!