Rebecca Minkoff is about to redesign your manicure wardrobe! Just before showing her fall 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week, Essie announced Minkoff's new role as the Global Color Designer, and will be launching her first collaboration with the brand next month for spring. "It's so exciting! Rebecca is so passionate about color, so I wasn't surprised when the announcement was made," says Michelle Saunders, lead manicurist at Minkoff's show. "As soon as I heard, I said, 'You know what? You do the nails! You pick the colors out.'" To determine exactly which colors to incorporate into the runway show, Minkoff drew inspiration from both the clothing and accessories. "When we did the test, Rebecca had her model hold a handbag after we painted the design," Saunders adds. "Her handbags are really vibrant, so we had to make sure the colors would still show up against that."
While the crisp lines may look intimidating for nail art novices, the effect is one of the easiest to master--it's all in how you angle the brush. "The width of the stripe is the width of the brush, so the brush does all of the work for you," says Saunders. After a layer of Essie's Mademoiselle ($8.50; essie.com), Saunders picked up the Berry Naughty hue ($8.50; essie.com) and directed the brush upward toward the tip in a V shape. She then took the deep navy Midnight Cami shade ($8.50; essie.com) and followed the same motions just above the red portion. "You're basically drawing a little X at the top of your nails," she adds. "What you'd want to do is paint all ten nails in Mademoiselle, then do the criss-cross on all ten with Berry Naughty. Once you get around to adding the blue, the rest of the pattern is dry and ready for the next step." To finish, Saunders added a layer of the Good to Go Top Coat ($8.50; essie.com) to seal in the design.
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