Essie Creates Nail Art for NYFW Shows

Costello Tagliapietra

Costello Tagliapietra’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection was filled with jewel tone colors and sheen fabrics that were feminine, yet structured. Julie Kandalec for essie created a metallic blue nail look to complement the pieces by layering two coats of aruba blue, which created a flash on the runway.

essie nail products used: ridge filling base coat, aruba blue, good to go top coat

Get the look:

1. Apply one coat of ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails

2. Next, apply two coats of aruba blue

3. Follow with good to go top coat

Expert tip: ridge filling base coat is an ideal base coat for metallic polish shades, as it will help create an even, perfect canvas.

Alexander Wang

To match the “army of darkness” vibe of Alexander Wang’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, Michelle Saunders for essie created a ghostly, obscure nail look by layering two coats of jazz with a neutralizing matte top coat. The creamy, taupe shade also complemented the overall makeup tone.

essie nail products used: ridge filling base coat, jazz matte about you

Get the look:

1. Apply ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails

2. Next, apply two coats of jazz

3. Finish with matte about you top coat

DVF

Runway inspiration: Michelle Saunders for essie was inspired by the 1940’s feel of Diane von Furstenberg’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. To complement the vintage-inspired pieces, she created a modern take on a classic moon manicure by using sheer shades sugar daddy and waltz.

essie nail products used:first base base coat, waltz sugar daddy, second shine around

Get the look:

1. Apply first base base coat to clean, filed nails

2. Next, apply one coat of sugar daddy

3. Then, draw a semi circle at the base of the nail with waltz; the semi circle should cover the nail’s natural base

4. Finish with second shine around

Expert tip: use a cleanup brush to define the outer edge of the moon

DKNY

Runway inspiration: Michelle Saunders for essie created a “purposely undone” negative space nail design to  pair with DKNY’s sharp, youthful Fall/Winter 2015 collection. The combination of shine from ridge filling base coat and matte effect from all eyes on nude resulted in an imperfect, obscure look.

essie nail products used: ridge filling base coat, all eyes on nude

Get the look :

1. Apply one coat of ridge filling base coat

2. Finish with one imperfect swipe of all eyes on nude down the center of the nail, leaving negative space on each side

 Carolina Herrera 

Runway inspiration: Michelle Saunders for essie created two elegant nail looks to complement the dove grey palette found throughout Carolina Herrera’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection. forever yummy perfectly matched the red in the fabrics, and the sheen combination of imported bubbly and allure glistened on the runway.

 

essie nail products used: ridge filling base coat, imported bubbly, good to go top coat

Get the look (red):

1. Apply ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails

2. Next, apply two coats of forever yummy

3. Finish with good to go topcoat

Rebecca Minkoff 

Rebecca Minkoff drew inspiration for her Fall/Winter 2015 collection from Patti Smith and her memoir “Just Kids,” which depicts life in bohemian New York City in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. To complement the designs, which were heavily influenced by Smith’s effortless rock ‘n’ roll style, Michelle Saunders for essie created an edgy chevron nail.

essie nail products used: first base base coat, berry naughty, good to go top coat, mademoiselle, midnight cami

Get the look:

1.  Apply one coat of first base coat to clean, filed nails

2.  Next, apply one coat of mademoiselle

3.  To create the zigzag design, create a reverse V-shaped line on the middle of each nail using one coat of berry naughty

4.  Then, create the same reverse V-shaped line on the tip of each nail using one coat of midnight cami

5. Finish with good to go topcoat

Expert tip: The width of the polish brush will create perfectly proportioned lines for this look

Jenny Packham 

Runway inspiration: to complement the embellishments found throughout Jenny Packham’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, Michelle Saunders for essie created a glamorous “dew drop” look. The combination of creamy orange and sparkling bronze drew attention to the nails on the runway.

essie nail products used: first base base coat, tarte deco, second shine around adore-a-ball, summit of style

Get the look:

1. Apply first base coat to clean, filed nails

2. Next, apply two coats of adore-a-ball

3. To create dewdrops, apply a sporadic dot of tarte deco followed by a smaller dot of summit of style on top to each nail

4. Then, apply a sporadic dot of just summit of style to each nail

5. Finish with second shine around

Naeem Khan 

Runway inspiration: To pair with the glamorous vibe of Naeem Khan’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, Julie Kandalec for essie created a distressed gold nail look by layering shifting power and jiggle hi, jiggle low. The champagne hue perfectly complemented the embellished gowns on the runway.

 

essie nail products used: ridge filling base coat, jiggle hi, jiggle low, shifting power, good to go top coat

Get the look:

1. Apply ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails

2. Next, apply two coats of shifting power and allow to dry

3. Then, apply the thinnest coat possible of jiggle hi, jiggle low

4. Finish with good to go topcoat

Nanette Lepore

To pair with the “posh rebel girls club” vibe of Nanette Lepore’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, Michelle Saunders for essie created a customized “rock at the top” nail look by layering the glitter shade in between for the twill of it and shifting power. The burnished color perfectly matched the metallic gold shoes.

essie nail products used: ridge filling base coat, rock at the top, good to go top coat, for the twill of it, shifting power

Get the look:

1. Apply ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails

2. Once dry, apply one coat of for the twill of it

3. Next, apply one coat of rock at the top

4. Then, apply one coat of shifting power

5. Finish with good to go top coat

Proenza Schouler

To complement the color palette found throughout Proenza Schouler’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection, Michelle Saunders for essie developed two different nail looks. licorice paired with allure created the perfect “Proenza Schouler grey,” while au natural layered with ridge filling base coat created an effortless nude.

 

essie nail products used: first base coat, allure licorice, second shine around

Get the look (left):

1. Apply first base base coat to clean, filed nails

2. Next, apply one coat of licorice

3. Then, apply one coat of allure

4. Finish with second shine around

About: For additional information on the essie nail products mentioned above, please visit www.essie.com.

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