How-To: Shimmer & Stripes Nail Art Manicure

Essie Winter 2016 Shimmer & Stripes Nail Art Manicure

If you haven’t seen the new essie Winter 2016 Collection yet, you must check it out (see the swatches here). It’s probably one of my favorite essie collections ever and I was instantly drawn to three shades in particular—Go With The Flowy, Satin Sister and Getting Groovy.

I asked Rita Remark, Essie Global Lead Educator, to create an easy, winter-inspired nail art manicure using these three shades. We shot a few looks that day and this one was by far my favorite.

Not only is this manicure pretty easy to re-create (all you need is a striping tool) but it looks absolutely beautiful. The asymmetry gives a modern feel while the slight hint of white gold adds just the perfect amount of shimmer. Keep scrolling to see exactly how Rita created this look!

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  • Step 1
  • Start off with a clear base coat, like essie First Base to ensure your manicure stays put.

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    Apply two coats of Go With The Flowy, a pale, blue-ish grey, to create the base color (this shade is probably my favorite from the entire collection)!

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    Use a striping brush to create horizontal lines across the nail with Satin Sister, a deep, peacock blue. Rita suggests supporting the finger (either on a table or object) and rotating the finger from side to side, not the brush, to help create a perfectly straight line.

    You can change up the number of stripes per nail, but the key here is to place them at random. Some nails will have one line, some will have two. Some lines will be far apart, some will be close together.

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    Repeat the same striping process with Getting Groovy, a shimmering white gold. Again, place the stripes on the nails randomly—no two nails should look alike! Don’t worry about getting nail polish on your skin, you can always clean up with acetone and a brush afterwards.

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    After the stripes have dried completely, seal it all in with a glossy top coat like essie No Chips Ahead and you’re finished! Cute, easy and perfect for pairing with cozy winter clothes.

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  • Essie Winter 2016 Shimmer & Stripes Nail Art Manicure

    Essie Winter 2016 Shimmer & Stripes Nail Art Manicure

    Essie Winter 2016 Shimmer & Stripes Nail Art Manicure

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