Room to Play

When it comes to artis­tic ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, man­i­curist Rita Re­mark is as open-minded as they come.

Fashion (Canada) - - The Market People - By Souzan Michael

T here was a time when shades like Essie’s “Wicked” (a dark blood red) and “Bal­let Slip­pers” (a pinky nude) were the only ac­cept­able op­tions in the work­place. “Your nail pol­ish colours had to be se­ri­ous,” says Rita Re­mark, Essie’s global lead ed­u­ca­tor. This is not the case any­more, she adds, with more than a lit­tle re­lief in her voice. That’s be­cause Re­mark, who has been work­ing with Essie since 2012—nab­bing the ti­tle of the brand’s lead nail artist in Canada when she was only 24—has a rep­u­ta­tion for cre­at­ing de­signs that are si­mul­ta­ne­ously sim­ple and strik­ing, re­sult­ing in a dis­tinc­tive style that’s now in­stantly rec­og­niz­able as hers.

Re­mark’s unique abil­ity to take a nail trend and tweak it, twist it and strip it down to its bare min­i­mum is noth­ing short of in­spir­ing. It’s also the rea­son why the list of trends, colours and tex­tures she’s ob­sessed with at any given mo­ment is long. “Any­thing foily, pearly, metal­lic; I want to see full-on jewel pat­terns,” she says. “Yel­low pol­ish, ul­tra­vi­o­let, nail pol­ish on hands—think of Lorde’s black-tipped fin­gers at the Gram­mys in 2014.” To Re­mark, noth­ing is off lim­its. “Oh, and I don’t even mind when black nail pol­ish is chipped,” she says, “be­cause it re­minds me of the punk boys I was at­tracted to.”

US­ING SHADES FROM ESSIE’S WIN­TER COL­LEC­TION, plus a few of her all-time favourites, Rita Re­mark high­lights some of the many nail trends she’s cur­rently lov­ing, like chunky glit­ter, pierced nails and ’80s-in­spired ma­genta pol­ish. “If I see some­thing tacky and over-the-top, I must have it.”

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