August 12, 2013

Manicure of the Month: Mirror, Mirror


Rita Remark is back for another manicure of the month! Our resident nail artist/one of the top nail artists in Canada and Lead Nail Expert for Essie Canada has another manicure up her sleeve (so to speak). In case you forgot, Rita heads the Essie nail team during World MasterCard Toronto Fashion Week and works alongside top Canadian designers like Pink Tartan, Rudsak and Chloé comme Parris to create signature runway manicures. She also joins the nail team at New York Fashion Week, polishing hands for 3.1 Phillip Lim and The Row. Remark has already showed us how to do graphic stripesombre pop-art & the mid-riff… and this month she’s at it again with another inspired mani.

Rita: “When Essie released the “Mirror Metallics” collection, I was full of ideas on how to use them for my nail art designs. However, with a name like ‘mirror,’ I kept looking for a way to smash them to smithereens. Whether it’s bad luck or not, a broken mirror has always had a certain appeal. The way the image reflects back in a dozen different pieces carries the same quirky disorientation as a fun house mirror. With all of the glittery metallics we’re seeing on the runway for fall, this is a manicure that is both trendy and edgy.”


What you’ll need
1/ Base and Top Coats
2/ Essie’s “No Place like Chrome” and “Licorice” nail polishes
3/ A nail art striping brush


The Steps

1/ Once you have shaped the nails and applied a thin layer of base coat, apply two coats of Essie’s “No Place like Chrome”.  This is my favourite metallic silver because it dries streak-free and is more reflective than any other chrome polish on the market. Let these coats dry before you continue on to the next step.


2/ Remove the lid from your bottle of Essie’s “Licorice” and dip your striping brush into the opaque deep black. On the surface of your nail, begin to make a web of lines. Allow them to criss-cross and build upon one another.  The goal is to make plenty of tiny triangles. Just remember – the more randomly placed they are, the more realistic the “smash” will seem.

3/ Once you have broken your nail mirrors, start to make some gaps. Do this by choosing a few triangles, or “shards”, on each nail and, with your striping brush, fill them in with black. Again, keeping it random sells it!


4/ Wait a few minutes before applying topcoat so as not to bleed the design down the nail. If you are not looking to get a lot of wear out of this manicure, skip this step! Chrome polishes are always most reflective when they’re uncovered and this hue is no different. However, if you want your broken mirrors to hold tight, apply a coat of a quick dry finish like Essie’s “Good to Go” and you’re all set!


For all of Rita’s work, click here + check back next month for another mani!