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NYFW Spring 2017 Nails: Essie at Monique Lhuillier

NYFW Spring 2017 Nails: Essie at Monique Lhuillier


By David Simpson

At the Monique Lhuillier show, Essie Lead Artist Julie Kandalec taps into both the innocent and dark sides of the collection, choosing sheer nude Essie in Adore-A-Ball for toes and deep red Essie in Wicked for tips. “With nudes I like to compare opacities with milk,” she says when explaining the shade. “[Adore-A-Ball] is like skim milk: It has a little bit of coverage and, no matter how many layers you put on, it won’t be opaque, but it still has something [to it].” To get this look, Kandalec applies Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat, two coats of Adore-A-Ball and finishes with Essie Good To Go Top Coat. “With toes, a ridge-filling base coat is best because [toenails] have more possibility to have ridges,” she says. “It’s super important for a smooth canvas.”

For the fingertips, Kandalec picked Wicked to steer away from typical pinky spring colors. “We wanted something grown-up but not too predictable,” she says. “We wanted to keep it cool, but didn’t want it to [read] spring. It’s nice to see the contrast when you’re wearing light colors—if you’re wearing pink colors it’s like, where did the mani go?” To get the look, apply Essie in First Base Base Coat, two coats of Wicked and finish with Good to Go. —Molly Church

[Image credits: Courtesy of Essie]