How-To: Henna-Inspired Nail Art

How-To: Essie Henna-Inspired Nail Art

The gorgeous, saturated hues of essie’s Resort 2016 collection pull inspiration from the diverse culture and colorful beauty of India. The collection features four beautiful shades in green, blue, pink and orange that are perfect for Spring.

To celebrate the new season, essie Global Lead Educator Rita Remark created this beautiful henna-inspired nail art manicure using two shades from the collection. This one takes a little more time to complete, but the result is total work of art. Keep scrolling to see exactly how Rita created this look!

Click here to see exactly how Rita created this look on Beautezine.
  • 1 of 7 Step 1: First Base
  • Step 1: First Base
  • Step 1: First Base

    Start off with a clear base coat, like essie’s First Base to ensure your manicure stays put.

  • 2 of 7 Step 2: Lime Time
  • Step 2: Lime Time
  • Step 2: Lime Time

    Apply two coats of Going Guru, a gorgeous mint lime, to create the base color.

  • 3 of 7 Step 3: Get In Line
  • Step 3: Get In Line
  • Step 3: Get In Line

    Use a striping brush to create two horizontal lines with Nama-stay The Night, a beautiful ocean blue, on each nail (excluding any accent nails). Rita recommends holding the striping brush put while rotating your fingernail from left to right to create the straightest line possible.

  • 4 of 7 Step 4: Dots, Dots, Dots
  • Step 4: Dots, Dots, Dots
  • Step 4: Dots, Dots, Dots

    Use a dotting tool with the same deep blue shade to create a horizontal line of dots across the nail as well as a vertical line of smaller ones down the middle.

  • 5 of 7 Step 5: Nail That Accent
  • Step 5: Nail That Accent
  • Step 5: Nail That Accent

    Use a striping brush to create the henna pattern on the accent nails. Feel free to follow along with Rita’s design, or get creative with your own. Alternatively, for a bit of an easier design, you can simply alternate the colors used on the other nails to create an accent nail.

  • 6 of 7 Step 6: Seal It In
  • Step 6: Seal It In
  • Step 6: Seal It In

    Apply a glossy top coat like essie’s No Chips Ahead to seal your design in (especially after you worked this hard for it)!

  • 7 of 7 Finished!
  • Finished!
  • Finished!

    A beautiful henna-inspired nail art design. Feel free to switch up the colors—purple and orange would look amazing too!

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