Alyssa Tria
Alyssa Tria
@alyytriaa

I became a nail pro at Toronto Fashion Week

As a nail art admirer (aka amateur), I’m always so excited to kick off Toronto Fashion Week sitting down with Essie Canada’s Lead Artist, Rita Remark. Together we recreated the nail look from Hilary MacMillan’s Fall FW16 runway show. The look consists of kisses, clearly inspired by the theme of love that was seen throughout the collection.

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I always assumed creating a sophisticated nail look had to involve sharp lines or some sort of geo print; but turns out I was completely wrong.

You can do nail art with sophisticated colours and limit it to just a few nails,” says Rita.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Essie Grow Faster Base Coat
  • Essie Ladylike
  • Essie Angora Cardi
  • Essie Good To Go Top Coat
  • Essie Quick-E Quick Drying Drops
  • Striping Brush

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Step 1: Always prep your nails with a base coat; any Essie base coat will do. Rita used Grow Faster base coat to help protect and promote the growth of my nails.

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Step 2: Apply two thin coats of Ladylike.
This dusty mauve colour was strategically chosen to match the soft pinks of the Hilary MacMillan collection. “This is a big trend! This season the designers are all about matching the colours.”

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Step 3: Using a skinny striping or detailing brush, carefully draw kisses on your ring and pinky finger with Angora Cardi. Don’t stress out if your kisses don’t look identical, this isn’t your ordinary lip design. Unlike lips, kisses aren’t supposed to look perfect! “Nobody had the same kiss print,” says Rita.

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Step 4: For that runway-ready shine, apply one layer of Good To Go Top Coat.

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Step 5: Whether you’re rushing to walk down the runway or meeting your hot date, it is best to set your nails with Quick-E drying drops. Not only will this product dry your nails in a flash, but it also enhances shine. Goodbye dry looking cuticles, hello runway ready nails!

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Essie Grow Faster Base Coat

essie (bottle shot) - Ladylike

Essie Nail Polish in Ladylike

essie (bottle shot) - Angora Cardi

Essie Nail Polish in Angora Cardi

Essie-top-Coat

Essie Good To Go Top Coat

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Essie Quick-E Quick Drying Drops

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Essie Grow Faster Base Coat

essie (bottle shot) - Ladylike

Essie Nail Polish in Ladylike

essie (bottle shot) - Angora Cardi

Essie Nail Polish in Angora Cardi

Essie-top-Coat

Essie Good To Go Top Coat

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Essie Quick-E Quick Drying Drops