4 Trendy New Nail Color Combinations

If you tend to get stuck in a nail rut with your normal neutrals or pastel pinks, there’s no better place to look than the quirky runways of New York Fashion Week for a little out-of-the-box inspiration.


Prabal Gurung Fall

Photo by Shana Jade Photography

The inspiration behind this look was the idea of nails being dipped in a paint bucket. It’s a super easy take on the negative space trend. Simply swipe on a clear base coat, then use the color of your choice to draw a straight line across the middle of the nail. Use two coats to fill in from that line to the tip of the nail. Finish with a clear top coat.

To buy: JinSoon in Auspicious, $18; nordstrom.com.


Michael Costello Fall

Photo by Jonathan Pozniak

Inspired by a “vixen’s love story,” this nail fades from a soft ivory to a copper metallic giving it a soft, but edgy vibe. After applying a base coat, swipe on a coat of ivory or very pale pink. Using a copper metallic polish, brush the tips with a fan brush to create a rough texture. Finish with a clear top coat.

To buy: Essie Tuck It In My Tux, $9; macys.com; Essie Penny Talk, $9; ulta.com.


Sachin & Babi

Photo by Becky Maynes for ZOYA

Two very dramatic colors meet to reflect the two very different cultures that come together in the designer's collection. After using a base coat, apply two coats of a gold metallic shimmer all over nails. Then apply two coats of a deep red on the top half of the nail, creating a half moon shape in the middle. Finish with a clear top coat.

To buy: ZOYA in Brooklyn, $10; zoya.com. ZOYA in Courtney, $10; zoya.com.


Creatures of the Wind Fall

Photo by Carissa Lancaster

Inspired by the latex tights worn at the show, this look uses a matte black with a stripe of porcelain white. After your base coat dries, swipe on two coats of a black polish. Then paint a white stripe right down the center of each nail. Finish with a matte topcoat to create the “grungy” finish.

To buy: Dermelect in Opulence, $14; dermstore.com. Dermelect in Hold Me, $14; dermelect.com. Dermelect Matte-iculous Matte Base & Top Coat, $16; dermelect.com.