Living the polished life.

MANICURE MUSE: Mara Hoffman Spring ’13

Sometimes it’s nice to view a collection without having to tilt your head and wonder “huh?” If i wanted to be puzzled, I would head to a museum and stare at abstract art. But when it comes to fashion, I appreciate a designer with a point of view, one who develops an aesthetic and stays true to it. No over-thinking necessary. This is why I love Mara Hoffman. Her collections cater to younger girls who are generally more experimental when it comes to their style. Mara loves prints, and so do they. For Spring ’13, she planted us all in the middle of Hawaii– who can complain as we enter below-freezing weather in NY?– complete with palm fronds and tropical maxis. But it is the color-blocked looks in bright colors that excite me the most (no surprise there). I particularly love this boxy top and board short look, especially since the edgy black addition makes it more transitional. Plus the gravitating color combination as a whole makes this whole nail design pop. For this Ladyfinger with Maybelline New York, I used Audacious Asphalt, Pedal to the Metal, Shocking Seas, Onyx Rush, and Orange Fix.

To get these Ladyfingers:

1. Start with a full gray nail

MANICURE MUSE: Mara Hoffman 1


2. Add a coat of silver polish

MANICURE MUSE: Mara Hoffman 2

3. Tape around the edges of your nail and paint a half-moon circle in blue

MANICURE MUSE: Mara Hoffman 3

4. Mirror the curve of the blue with orange along the tip of your nail

MANICURE MUSE: Mara Hoffman 4

5. Using a nail art brush, paint a thin black line down the center of your nail

MANICURE MUSE: Mara Hoffman Spring '13 Final

6. Top it off with top coat!


Pssst… have you entered to win the whole Maybelline New York Color Show collection yet?

(Runway Photo:, Nail Photos by Taryn Multack for Miss Ladyfinger)


  • Citizensofbeauty Kendra

    I love this mani! So fun and creative! well done..