Sum­mer school

In­sider ad­vice on the must-have man­i­cures of the sea­son.

Elle (Canada) - - Beauty -

The ex­per t Rita Re­mark, global lead ed­u­ca­tor for essie. Her nail cre­ations can be spot­ted on run­ways in Toronto and New York. Here’s how she makes nail trends hap­pen. FIRST ST EPS “I first started pay­ing at­ten­tion to nails watch­ing mu­sic videos. The singers with their long, ex­ag­ger­ated nails were im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore. I stud­ied graphic art, but I wanted to work with peo­ple. So the next way I thought to trans­late my love of art was with makeup. From there, I fell in love with nail art.” DAY JOB “At essie, Re­becca Minkoff, our global colour de­signer, chooses the colours. My role is to trans­late them into looks. It’s like Christ­mas morn­ing when I get a new col­lec­tion.” DARK ARTS “My favourite—and the most un­ex­pected—colour trend for sum­mer is re­ally dark nails. It has a back-to-the-’90s Wi­nona-Ry­der-in­Real­ity-Bites feel to it. As for shape, there are two ex­tremes: If you can grow your nails long, an al­mond shape is su­per-fem­i­nine. If you pre­fer to keep your nails short, try the ‘squo­val.’ It’s a more wear­able, sporty nail—flat at the top and curved around the sides.” CRE­ATIVE G ENIUS “A friend just opened my eyes to Pin­ter­est. I’ve been a pin­ner for maybe a month; it’s my new­est ob­ses­sion. A lot of my friends are painters and graphic de­sign­ers, so I find a lot of in­spi­ra­tion there. I al­ways keep my iPhone handy in case I see a colour com­bi­na­tion, pat­tern or tex­ture I find re­ally ap­peal­ing.” n

bright Aqua WAS A FASH­ION WEEK FAVE. Whether fea­tured in nail art or worn alone, colours like ‘ viva an­tigua!’ make a state­ment.

essie nail pol­ish in co­conut cove berried trea­sures hik­ing heels viva an­tigua! loot the booty

PRO TIP “This man­i­cure should be per­fectly im­per­fect,” says Rita. “Each nail can look dif­fer­ent, and the waves can be any size and shape you wish.”

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