Essie’s lead educator, Rita Remark, dishes on the latest nail trends
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Sep 08, 2020 • • 2 minute read
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The easiest way to update your fall style is to try a new nail polish.
By adding a cool polish shade to your collection, you can embrace the season’s hottest colours. You might even try out some patterns and prints with at-home nail art.
To get the lowdown on the chicest fall trends for nails, Postmedia talked to Rita Remark, lead educator for the brand Essie, to find out what we should all be wearing on our fingers (and toes) this season.
Q. What are the top nail trends for fall?
A. Appliqués — think studs, rings, gems and small jewels. Metallics — think metallic accents, gold leaf, sparkling glitters and metallic brush strokes. Matte finish — think glossy topcoats’ edgier, more contemporary counterpart was the designer’s choice at many runway shows.
Q. What is driving these trends?
A. Most of these trends stem from the return of punk and glam on the runway. Punk-inspired shows showcased nails with heavy metal studs, matte topcoats, black chipped polish and pierced tips. Glam shows had over-the-top gems and appliqués along with long pointed or coffin-shaped nails.
Q. How, if at all, have nail shape preferences changed in recent years?
A. It seems every season there is a new trending nail shape. This season, the trendy shape is long and coffin, but an honourable mention goes to the ‘lipstick’ shape nail, which gained a bit of traction on the runway. There are always new and unique ways of wearing and shaping our nails. For those of us who enjoy experimenting with them, it’s embraced.
However, I find most of us have a classic shape and length that we prefer to wear that suits our lifestyle and flatters our hands. You could almost consider nail shapes to be like hair colour. Many people would be thrilled to jump on the trend of pink hair — but many also just love sticking to what natural colour suits them.
Q. Where do you look for nail inspiration?
A. Nail inspiration can come from anything. Fine art or classic painting techniques like watercolour, shading and dry brushing are big inspirations for me — but it really depends on the project. For the runway, I’m always inspired by the designer’s vision or from patterns or colours in the collections.
Q. Is there a colour popping out as the most popular?
A. In line with the punk and glam trend, the resounding favourite of the season is black. Wear it glossy or matte. Try Essie’s Licorice. It’s super pigmented and gives the perfect blackout effect.
Q. With the pandemic, not everyone is comfortable with or able to get in to see a nail pro. Do you have any tips for an at-home manicure that you can share?
A. Instead of giving yourself a manicure once every two weeks or so, try to maintain a general upkeep regimen. For instance, instead of trimming your nails twice a month, try giving them a light file every few days to keep them in shape. Same with cuticles. Give your cuticles a light push every time you want to give your nails a polish. With regular upkeep, your nails never become unruly or in need of a full spa mani. And don’t forget to always use cuticle oil. More cuticle oil means fewer cracks, hang nails and dryness, which will make upkeep a breeze.
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