In honor of Oribe Hair Care’s new Intense Conditioner for Moisture & Control, nail artist Miho “Mei” Kawajiri designed a manicure inspired by the packaging. Kawajiri hails from Tokyo where she owned Foxxy Nail Salon. There, she offered a special omakase service where her clients trusted her to create whichever nail design she wanted. Kawajiri moved to New York City one year ago and has already acquired an impressive client list that includes working with such companies as Swarovski, Jill Stuart, Harper’s Bazaar, Miu Miu and La Perla.
“My signature style is geometric, abstract nails,” says Kawajiri, who chose to create a more graphic nail design instead of painting a literal interpretation of the ombré bottle.
Kawajiri offers a step-by-step to achieving her original Oribe nail design:
File nails into desired shape and clean up the cuticles. Kawajiri suggests a rounded square for this look. Apply Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat, which has a nude tint and smooths ridges and imperfections in the nail. Next, apply a coat of Knackered by Butter London. Then create a V shape on the nails using the teal shade from the Noble Spirits collection by The New Black, Repeat this step and apply a second coat. Line the V with the Kiss Brush-On Nail Art Paint Polish in Gold Glitter. Then, create a thick French tip with Snake it Up by Essie. Finish with a topcoat like Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.