For Michael Costello’s Spring/Summer 2017 runway show, a late-night, mystical garden gathering is the inspiration for the wares and accompanying beauty—right down to the sparkling ombré nails. “Michael’s inspiration was the contrasting elements of a female’s personality—the light and the dark sides; her feminine side and her edgy side,” explains Essie Lead Manicurist Rita Remark. “What I love about this look is that it’s beautiful and a little bit wicked at the same time.”
Remark creates the metallic gradation with a single coat of Essie Good as Gold over the brand’s First Base base coat for a seamless, ridge-free gold application. She then applies Good as Gold and Sole Mate lacquers to a latex makeup wedge. “Blending the two colors on the sponge so there’s no mixing afterwards is the key to this look,” explains Remark. “The stamping can get messy, but I always tell my nail artists: Trust the process. It will look flawless once you clean up the edges and cuticles!” After dabbing the sponge lightly for a smooth fade, she tops the design with Good to Go Top Coat.
Of the gold-to-berry fade, Remark says she was especially drawn to the acai hue that runs throughout the collection and mirrors the accompanying bold lip. “We came to this look because we wanted something ornamental, not graphic,” she expounds. “Something soft and textural that would complete the picture and make the entire collection flow.” —Rachel Kossman
Image credits (first 3): Courtesy of Essie