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a backstage how-to video with Essie pro Rita Remark
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Does this cheeky camo animal-print mani make you think of Easter eggs?

Even more playful than the makeup at the Hayley Elsaesser Fall/Winter 2015 runway show at World Mastercard Fashion Week was the colourful manicure created by Essie lead artist Rita Remark. And in another spur-of-the-moment Beautygeeks video (I'm sorry, I didn't have my reading glasses!), Rita shows us how easy it is to copy the look.

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Clockwise from lower left: Essie Naughty Nautical, Mob Square, Meet Me at Sunset and Butler Please.

"A cross between camouflage and animal print," the mani topped model fingertips in two variations: pink and blue, and orange and teal. The shades: Essie Mob Square + Essie Butler Please and Essie Meet Me at Sunset + Essie Naughty Nautical.

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Camo animal-print nail art in Essie Meet Me At Sunset and Naughty Nautical for the Hayley Elsaesser F/W 2015 runway show at World Mastercard Fashion Week in Toronto.

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Rita applied two coats of the base shade, then on top created "random long blobs" she likened to fluffy clouds. The concept is a "perfectly imperfect" design, she said. No two nails identical.

Essie camo animal print manicure in Meet Me at Sunset and Naughty Nautical

Cute even on little nails.

If you're not a fan of either of these colour combinations, of course you can try this pattern with any shades you like. Rita suggests white and grey, or black and silver -- "you really can do it with any colours so long as they have a high contrast."

What do you think? Would you wear it? Maybe in pastel shades for Easter? I bet even our ManiGeek can do this art... *grin*

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Photographs courtesy of Essie Canada.