In a photoshoot for his cover story in the January issue of L'Uomo Vogue, Usher donned a now-famous Jil Sander sweater. The sweater, which originally retailed for $695, was chosen for its bright rainbow stripes, which popped against an equally bright red backdrop.
Six months later, the sweater was once again glorified by Virginia and Donne Geer, two sisters from Long Beach, California. A professional manicurist and graphic designer, they run the popular Tumblr, Hey, Nice Nails!
"I tried to break up the pattern on the garment into five different areas and represent that portion on a nail," Virginia has said of the design. She originally created the look with a tiny paintbrush, prepping her nails with Seche Vita and then continuing the design with ten bright nail colors, including CND Bicycle Yellow, Models Own Coral Reef, Essie Turquoise & Caicos, Essie Absolutely Shore, Essie Lollipop, American Apparel African Violet, Sinful Colors 24/7, OPI Black Onyx, China Glaze First Mate, and OPI A Grape Fit. Upon complettion, she used Orly Bonder Top Coat.
Although gorgeous, the design took over two hours to complete. Add in years of professional experience, and these Jil Sander nails aren't exactly an ideal everyday look. Here are a few simple tips to recreated the design at home.
1. Rather than using ten colors, stick to about five. It will still be just as striking, but not nearly as time consuming.
2. Instead of using nail polish, opt for a nail pen. The brush will be much thinner, making the lines bolder easier to control. The Nail Design Pen ($10) from Sephora by OPI is our top pick.
3. Wait at least ten minutes before applying a top coat. With all these colors, the nails will take longer to dry, and there's a much higher chance they'll smudge or blend together if top coat is applied before they are completely dry.