Monday, July 25, 2011

Jil Sander Inspired Nails

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.


  1. OMG- Love it/ HWAT!


  2. @tammy Me too!! Its sooo pretty & modern. :)

  3. Cool story!! The nails are amazing!!
    My gosh, 2 hours! xD
    Thanks for the tips!!

  4. I have to say that the nails are truly a work of art:) I have started knitting again revently and I really loved 'that' seater:):)

    Olga from

    your posts are so interesting...

  5. I really want to try this but I really don't want to drop about $50 on nail art pens lol So i might have to do this another way. I'll figure it out but I didn't know OPI had one I know that Sally Hansen does since I've seen them in Rite Aid and Duane Reade before. Thank you for the nail inspiration!

  6. such a cool way to get inspired! :) love the colors !

  7. WOAH! love that! they're so neat! :) great blog, Im your new follower, hope you'll follow back :)

  8. Great tutorial! I really want to try this out :)

  9. i seriously love these nails! i would totally wanna try it though i know it would be impossible to do my right hand. maybe left would be okay though :)

  10. That is one amazing mani - but there is NO WAY I have the patience or the talent to do that :) Great idea, though!

  11. omg i love it! wish i was good at doing stuff like that but i'm seriously horrible!!
    follow each other??

  12. WOW...those are some really amazing and out of this world nail work of art. Gorgeous.

    <3 Marina

  13. Great post! Wish I could do that to my nails, but I don't have the patience lol


  14. Absolutely, awesome, amazing nails. So hot! would love to attempt to do this, but I definitley don't have the time
    Shasie of Live Life in Style


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