With so many fashion bloggers out there, it is often hard to differentiate one from the other. However, there is no mistaking Taryn Multack, the brains and beauty behind the amazing blog, Miss Ladyfinger. Taryn takes runway looks or trends and translates them into gorgeous and enviable nail art. To ensure everyone lives a “stylish and polished life,” Taryn provides readers with simple step-by-step instructions on how to recreate the nail designs themselves. Talk about major talent! We chatted with Taryn about her inspiration, tips and must-haves when it comes to nailing (pun intended) the perfect at-home manicure turned work of art. Be sure to check out Miss Ladyfinger for more and be prepared to be amazed!
1. CollegeFashionista: Where do you get inspiration from for new nail designs and blog posts?
Taryn Multack: I get my inspiration straight from the runway and high-fashion editorials. Having worked in the fashion industry for so many years, I’ve come to know the breakdown of the seasons like the back of my hand. And since seasons are constantly changing with smaller collections in between (like resort, pre-fall and couture fashion week) there’s always so much inspiration.
2. CF: What is the secret to keeping nails always looking their best?
TM: To be honest, the best thing you can do for your nails is take care of them. As much as it might pain you to file your nails (it pains me, because I love them longer), you really should at least once a week. Also, never pick off your polish! It removes a layer of your nail, which weakens it and causes them to break. And as a rule of thumb, always ALWAYS use a base and top coat. The base coat protects your nail and the top seals in your manicure keeping it longer lasting.
3. CF: Besides a great polish, what is another product that students must have in their nail care collection?
TM: Students should definitely have cuticle oil or cuticle lotion. Not many people know this, but cutting your cuticles is actually really bad for you. You’re exposing raw skin and making your fingers more susceptible to bacteria getting in and causing infection (so gross, right?). The more you keep your cuticles hydrated the more you’ll avoid hangnails and needing to maintain them.
4. CF: Any cool DIY ideas for students to show school spirit through nail art?
TM: Absolutely. Play on your school colors by incorporating both of them into your manicure. I went to Syracuse University, where the colors were blue and orange and kind of clashed a little. I would add white in for a base or to break them up making them more pleasing to the eye.
5. CF: What is the fastest or easiest way for students to get the perfect nail look?
TM: If you’re in a rush or a shy DIY-er, opt for nail stickers. They’re super simple to apply, there’s no dry time and you can rock nail art without having to go to the salon.
6: CF: Last but not least, what nail trend are you most excited for this upcoming fall season?
TM: Matte! And I can honestly say, after trying all the new matte polishes and top coats, once you go matte—you never go back.