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CND at NYFW – Checkerboard Nails at Nicole Miller Spring 2012

By on September 11, 2011
in CND, NY Fashion Week S/S 12

With the rise in popularity of “scotch tape manicures” amongst the DIY nail art fanatics, I see a lot of checkered nail styles roll by on my Tumblr. So I was quite thrilled to see this popular look pop up on the runway. CND injected bright pops of color and pattern at Nicole Miller’s Spring 2012 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

For Nicole Miller, Wanda Ruiz crafted glam rock checkered manicures using CND Colour in Raspberry Parfait and a custom mixed blue comprised of CND Colours in Anchor Blue, Dark Ruby, Eclectic Purple and added blue pigment. Nails were finished with one layer of Ice Blue Shimmer Effect.

CND Says: Create this look at home by doing a vertical sweep of pink down your nail, and do the same with a sweep of blue so each half of the nail is covered with a color. Then go over with each color for the opposite corners. Top all nails with Ice Blue Shimmer for a dazzling finish.

If your hand isn’t steady enough to hand paint straight lines of color, create checkers utilizing scotch tape. Check out the tutorial on Chloe’s Nails for great tips on how to create this look.

What do you think of Checkerboard nails? Do you like the blue and pink combo? Do you have any great tricks for DIYing checkered nails?

If you want to keep up with my NYFW experience be sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest updates. Also, check out Jan Arnold’s Fashion Week Blog on and my Tumblr peeps should follow the new CND Fashion Tumblr.

Disclosure: All Lacquered Up’s coverage of CND at NYFW is sponsored by CND. For more info, view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Amber Sexton says:

    I love this. I did v shaped moons on my nails for the first time with tape, I will eventually do a checkerboard. I love that tutorial on Chloe’s Nails.

  2. I LOVE this!!! If I hadn’t just finished doing my mani I would definetly try this… Maybe tomorrow! I dont have any of the cnd effects but I’ll try the checkers for sure!

  3. Chris says:

    I like the blue/pink combo. I was expecting traditional black & white. It’s nice to see a change. :)

  4. Julia says:

    Great colour combo!

  5. beachgal says:

    Loving the checkerboard in these shades!

  6. Linda says:

    Unrelated to this post but so related to nailpolish:

    I just stumbled upon TransDesign’s sale. Essie’s fall collection is now priced at $4 each instead of the usual $8. Hurray!

    I’m sorry if there was an appropriate place for this message.

  7. Alicia says:

    Thanks for posting a link to a tutorial – I am so going to do this! :)

  8. ooh! what a great colour combination! I’m glad that we’re seeing more simplified nail ‘art’ on the runways. I Love nail art but I think they were getting a bit odd/too much for me personally.
    I love the simplicity of this checkered nail!
    Eeeee! Think i’m gonna have to do a checkered NYFW inspired design! :)

    thanks for the great post as usual Michelle!

  9. ReaderRita says:

    I love checkerboard nails, and what an interesting way of doing them! I personally think it’s a bit easier to start out with a base coat of the lighter color, and then paint on the darker color in blocks. I get nice coverage on the darker color that way- but I’ll have to give this a try with the light color over the dark! Perhaps this is best with CND polish, as it’s so saturated. Awesome post- you expanded my brain!

  10. Mihaela says:

    I love this concept, but the colors not so much (I hate wearing pinks). I think I might try this with a light blue instead of the pink or maybe some purples.

  11. Jackie S. says:

    I love this idea!

  12. michaela says:

    do you know what happened to the blogger who runs chloe’s nails? she hasnt posted in months and was a very regular poster.

  13. Krissy says:

    I love the checkered look. The colors they used look great together