Last week I headed to an Essie event for the Winter ’16 collection which was curated by handbag extraordinaire and Essie’s Global Colour Designer Rebecca Minkoff. The collection is inspired by London in the 1960s and Lead Nail Educator and Artist Rita Remark created a perfect mod mani with some of the polishes. I just had to try my hand at recreating her mod inspired nail art design because it is so much fun and very different from anything I’ve done before.
To start, paint all of your nails with 2 coats of your base colour (you can do any colour combination you wish for this look), for this look in particular Essie’s Oh Behave! was used for the base colour.
Allow the base colour to dry and then take a piece of aluminium foil to put the polishes you’ll be using for the rest of the design on.
First, take the main colour of the mod design, Essie’s Go with the Flowy, you’ve placed on the foil on a very small nail art brush. You want to emulate the patterns seen on wallpaper, clothes and housewares during the 60s. Create rounded outlines of squares and rectangles and make sure to make some of them thicker than the others. You can also add thinner lines to connect the outlined shapes. Also, create a few star-like shapes either outside or inside of the outlined shapes by painting 2 longer vertical lines and 2 shorter horizontal lines.
To add a bit of extra dimension to the look, take a shimmery/glitter nail polish, Essie’s Getting Groovy, and follow the outlined shapes and stars you created with the other polish. Some of the accents can go inside an outlined shape, some can go on the outside. It just helps to add some shine and more interest to the overall design.
Now if you need to, go back over the design with the main colour of the mod design to clean up any edges and make it look like the shimmery shade is actually underneath the grey.
Allow everything to dry for 5-10 minutes and then apply a good topcoat to even out the look of your design and to make everything last.
Polishes Used: Essie Oh Behave!, Essie Getting Groovy, and Essie Go with the Flowy
I hope you enjoyed the mod inspired nail art I created from Rita Remark’s nail art. I loved stepping out of my comfort zone and challenging myself.
I’ve also posted a blog post with swatches of all 6 polishes of the Essie Winter 16 collection.
til next time…
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