The Distressed Half-Moon Mani at Kaelen Spring 2013

The look was created using Butter London.
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The look was created using Butter London.
butter LONDON at Kaeleen Spring 2013

The look:

High-contrast, "distressed" nails. (By Katie Hughes for Butter London.)

The inspiration:

Modern '80s. The collection featured sharp lines with rock prints, lucite accents and pops of sunny neon yellow rounded out by a mainly black palette.

Kaelen - Spring 2013 nails

The how-to:

1. Apply base coat.

2. Apply a black nail polish (such as Butter London 3-Free Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black) as the base. Let dry.

3. Layer on a nude khaki (such as Butter London 3-Free Nail Lacquer in Yummy Mummy) in jagged strokes towards the bed of the nails.

4. For added dimension, matte out only the black section to create a dual-textured look. Try: Butter London Matte Finish Shine-Free Topcoat.