Let’s face it: News headlines have been pretty bleak as of late. Which is why the brighter-than-bright world of Jeremy Scott is more welcome than ever. So when the Moschino designer opted to show the 2018 resort collection in sunny L.A. last week—and against a backdrop of supersized neon lights hauled straight from the Vegas strip, no less—we knew we were in for some much-needed levity. Sure enough, Scott sent models like Miranda Kerr, Joan Smalls, Hailey Baldwin, and Slick Woods down the runway wearing metallic flames, pinup girl-adorned chiffon, and a rhinestone-studded suit paired with Playboy-esque bunny ears. It was pure eye candy, the equivalent of taking a handful of happy pills. We thought things couldn’t look any brighter, and then we laid eyes on the models’ nails.
Super-saturated brights rendered in ultra-fine (and ultra-dense) glitter and splashed across each model’s fingertips means halcyon days can be here again—if you know how to paint the tips. We talked to Miss Pop, the CND Ambassador and woman responsible for the bright AF looks, for deets. And guess what? Despite creating 32 unique manis, one for each model, all packed with Kesha’s favorite finish, the celebrity manicurist didn’t use a single bottle of off-the-shelf glitter polish to create the happy spectrum of looks. In fact, the nail pro, who’s more known for her minimal and color-blocked designs, never even wore glittery polishes until very recently.
“Six months ago, I was not a glitter girl,” she says. “Now, I have my mom wearing it, my grandma wearing it, and $500 worth of glitter showing up on my bank statement.”
Credit Scott’s showgirl and Vegas-inspired collection for turning the typically minimal manicurist into an advocate for acid-house brights. “Glitter and these bright shades are so full of joy. It’s really dynamic,” the pro says. “Right now there’s a lot going on that isn’t full of joy. But if I can just carry that on my hands—even if I’m just typing on my computer or reading the news—then it gives a tinge of happiness.” Even better, Miss Pop notes, the blingy look doesn’t cost much to replicate. Here’s how to do it, without having to invest in a single bottle of sparkle-filled polish.