• In honor of the launch of our new <a href='/index.php/page/view/3766/parent:2238' target='_parent'>Intense Conditioner for Moisture & Control</a>, we asked editorial nail artist Miho “Mei” Kawajiri to design a manicure inspired by the packaging.
  • 1. File nails into desired shape and clean up the cuticles. Mei suggests a rounded square for this look.
  • 2. Apply a basecoat. Mei suggests <b>Butter London Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat</b>, which has a nude tint and smooths tiny ridges and imperfections in the nail.
  • 3. Apply one coat of <b>Knackered</b> by <b>Butter London</b>, an iridescent opal shade.
  • 4. Using a turquoise hue with a slight shimmer, create a V shape. Mei used the teal shade from the Noble Spirits collection by <b>The New Black</b>.
  • Repeat step four and apply a second coat.
  • 5. Line the V with the <b>Kiss Brush-On Nail Art Paint Polish</b> in <b>Gold Glitter</b>.
  • 6. Create a thick French tip with a dark, charcoal grey. Mei suggests <b>Snake it Up</b> by <b>Essie</b>, which has a subtle shimmer.
  • 7. Finish with a topcoat like <b>Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat</b>.
  • The finished look
  • The finished look

Oribe Intense Manicure

In honor of the launch of our new Intense Conditioner for Moisture & Control, we asked editorial nail artist Miho “Mei” Kawajiri to design a manicure inspired by the packaging. In Tokyo, Mei owned her own nail salon, Foxxy Nail Salon, where she offered an omakase service, a term borrowed from Japanese cooking. Omakase is an expression used at sushi restaurants where patrons leave the selection of fish up to the chef—similarly, Mei’s clients trusted her to create whichever design she wanted.

Just one year ago, Mei moved to New York City and quickly became a rising star in the nail industry, with a client list including Swarovski, Jill Stuart, Harper’s Bazaar, Miu Miu and La Perla, to name a few.

“My signature style is geometric, abstract nails,” says Mei, who opted against creating a literal interpretation of the ombré bottle and instead chose to play with the variation in colors for a more graphic design. Scroll through the slideshow above for step-by-step instructions to recreating the look, which is perfect for spring.
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