When the music festival season kicks in, fashionistas start mindfully planning out their wares. No matter the person, festivals seem to signal a strong urge to wear fringe, floppy hats, midriff-baring midis, feathers, platforms, bell bottoms—heck, let’s just call it what it is: the ’70s all over again.
Because music festivals seem to have become a mainstream fashion spectacle these days, it’s no wonder that ’70s fashion and beauty is having yet another resurgence on the runways. At Rebecca Minkoff, the collection is “inspired by the modern music girl. She’s the fashionista who goes to all of the music festivals and wears the latest trends, including nail art,” says Essie Lead Manicurist Michelle Saunders. Ah, yes: Nail art is also a big staple amongst festival goers, and many nailistas keep their eyes trained on what A-listers wear on their tips as they sway to the music.
If Saunders has her way, Coachella trekkers will boast the tone-on-tone-on-tone nail design she’s cooked up for Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2016 show. Warm coral shades converge in a stunning graphic color block on the nails. “Using tri-tonal colors brings a modern and cohesive feel to the nail design,” says Saunders. “It makes a statement without being too loud.”
To craft the design, Saunders paints the nail using three new shades from Essie’s Spring 2016 collection. Saunders starts by applying Essie in Sunshine State of Mind from the cuticle area to the middle of the nail. Then, using a clean-up brush dipped in nail polish remover, she carves a sharp straight line. She follows with Essie Lounge Lover, keeping the color application from the middle of the nail to the tip. She finishes the design with an arch of High Class Affair at the free edge that ends perfectly where the two other colors split. “[I feel] the traditional French tip is feeling a bit dated, so to modernize it I added a deep arch that connects to the middle of the nail,” she says. “It looks really fresh on a French to bring a middle line in (you can do this as a stripe or a half-painted nail).” To achieve your best arch, Saunders suggests visualizing an archway, “like you see at the beginning of a tunnel.”
And what about that the nails’ shape: a slightly squared-off free edge that blunts the French arch and runs parallel to the middle line. “Because many of the nail art today is created by using simple graphic lines, I thought this design would look great on a more squared-off nail,” Saunders says of her choice. “However, this design still looks great on an oval shape, too, but I’m calling it a more ‘egg’ shape than oval.” Egg? “Yes; it’s wider on the sides but with soft roundness at the free-edge,” she says. Whatever the shape may be, here’s to hoping this nail art makes an appearance on the Coachella-bound. —Karie L. Frost
Images: Courtesy of Essie; Kristyna Kane