How-To: Distressed Leather Manicure

How-To: Distressed Leather Manicure
Gearing up for fall means transitioning to deeper color palettes across the board, and nails definitely can take the spotlight this season. While we love the 1970s glam-rock shades in the new Essie Fall 2015 Collection, we’re also partial to edgier looks, so Essie Canada Lead Nail Artist Rita Remark showed us how to mimic the look and texture of leather with three key shades from the new collection, as well as couple of easy and unexpected techniques.

The limited-edition nail lacquers retail for $8.50 each and are available now at drugstores and online at ULTA.

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  • Start With A Dark Base
  • Start With A Dark Base

    Rita started off by applying 2 coats of Frock ‘N Roll, a shimmery espresso shade, to nails and gave it a minute or so to set between coats. Don’t fret if your application isn’t perfect, as we’ll be covering this base shade with more colors in a moment!

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  • Add A Matte Top Coat
  • Add A Matte Top Coat

    This might seem counterintuitive, but apply a mattifying top coat like Essie Matte About You to the dark base shade you’ve applied. This is the first step in giving the finished look a more textural appearance.

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  • Grab A Cosmetic Sponge for Accent Shades
  • Grab A Cosmetic Sponge for Accent Shades

    To create the leather texture, take a cosmetic sponge and rip it apart into smaller pieces that are still large enough to handle. Rita placed a few drops of orangey-red Color Binge on a piece of tin foil to then pick up the color on the sponge.

    Tip: For less uniform color application, sponge the color onto nails using the uneven, torn side of the sponge.

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  • Apply Red Accent Color To Nails
  • Apply Red Accent Color To Nails

    Dab off the excess polish and sponge it on to nails in a random fashion.

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  • Sponge On The Final Plum Shade
  • Sponge On The Final Plum Shade

    Repeat the sponging process with In The Lobby, a plummy aubergine shade, using a new piece of cosmetic sponge.

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  • Tidy Up Your Edges
  • Tidy Up Your Edges

    Sponging on nail polish may have left some errant dabs of color on your cuticles, so use a brush dipped in nail polish remover to tidy up any excess polish.

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  • Finished!
  • Finished!

    No need for a shiny top coat with this look, as it’s all about the subdued aspect of the matte base shade combined with the textural element of the sponged-on accent shades that lead to a leathery finish.

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