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NYFW S/S 2018: Essie for Monse, Michael Costello

Essie nail artists created a sharp, sporty design for Monse, while delicate, ethereal nails shone at Michael Costello's show.

Image courtesy of Essie.
<p>Image courtesy of Essie.</p>

Monse designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia took inspiration from varsity letter jackets for their Spring/Summer NYFW show. With that in mind, Rita Remark for Essie created a clean, striped nail look for fingers and toes with a high-gloss finish meant to mimic the glow of the gym floor. The finishing touch? An "M" on each thumb.

Image courtesy of Essie.
<p>Image courtesy of Essie.</p>

To recreate this look:

1. Start with First Base Base Coat.
2. Add two thin stripes of Blanc vertically down the middle of each nail with a striping brush, leaving the thumb bare.
3. With another striping brush dipped in really red, draw an uppercase M in the middle of each thumb. Once dry, go back and outline the letter with Blanc.
4. Brush on Speed.Setter Top Coat for stand-out shine.

Image courtesy of Essie.
<p>Image courtesy of Essie.</p>
Image courtesy of Essie.
<p>Image courtesy of Essie.</p>

Michael Costello set out to create the dreamlike feel of a secret garden with soft organza and flashes of sparkle for his Spring 2018 and Bridal Collections. Julie Kandalec for Essie played into his ethereal vision with two different looks: a blush ombre and a hand-painted floral design.

Julie Kandelic took ethereal inspiration from the Michael Costello collection. Image courtesy of Essie.
<p>Julie Kandelic took ethereal inspiration from the Michael Costello collection. Image courtesy of Essie.</p>

Image courtesy of Essie.
<p>Image courtesy of Essie.</p>

To recreate the blush ombre look:

1. Start with First Base Base Coat.
2. Apply two coats of Imported Bubbly on the pinky and ring fingers.
3. Apply two coats of Penny Talk on the thumb and index fingers.
4. Paint middle nails with two coats of Buy Me a Cameo.
5. Finish with Speed.Setter Top Coat.

Image courtesy of Essie.
<p>Image courtesy of Essie.</p>

To recreate the floral look:

1. Apply First Base Base Coat.
2. Add two coats of Topless & Barefoot.
3. Using a thin brush, draw on squiggly curved lines to mimic petals with Penny Talk, grouping them slightly at the nailbed.
4. Finish with Speed.Setter Top Coat.

Image courtesy of Essie.
<p>Image courtesy of Essie.</p>

Image courtesy of Essie.
<p>Image courtesy of Essie.</p>

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