Marlene Rego
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How I got the “cool girl” chalky pink nail look

Chalky pink nails have been pegged as the “cool girl” nail trend of the season, thanks to an appearance on the runways of Alexander Wang—the arbiter of cool himself. But more important to me: They’re for us lazy girls.

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This look is all about muting a too-cutesy hue, and you only need one thing to achieve it: a matte topcoat.

At Toronto Fashion Week, Rita Remark, Essie’s global lead educator, confirmed that the matte topcoat is the next big thing in manis: “I’ve never been able to say that it’s a trend colour backstage, but pink is a trend—not bubblegum pink, not your daughter’s pink; almost like a ‘cool girl’ pink.”

Step 1:
The actual shades used backstage at Wang’s show were one coat of Essie’s Fiji followed by one coat of Essie’s Tuck it in my Tux. Pro tip: Even if you only have brighter pinks in your kit, applying a single coat of a sheer nude over top will bring down the vibrancy. Remember—this is Barbie pink goes punk.

Step 2:
“The matte topcoat is what makes it edgier,” says Remark. Apply a layer of Essie’s Matte About You topcoat and allow it to dry. It’s that simple.

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Be prepared to spot this trend on the manicured digits of just about every cool girl you know.

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ESSIE MATTE ABOUT YOU TOP COAT

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ESSIE MATTE ABOUT YOU TOP COAT