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How to create this sweet yet sexy sealed-with-a-kiss nail art – it's easy!
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Essie kiss print mani video tutorial

Essie Kiss-Print Manicure by Rita Remark; photo by Norman Wong.

Why aren't we all wearing this Essie kiss-print manicure? Created by Essie Global Lead Educator Rita Remark for designer Hilary MacMillan's Fall/Winter 2016 runway show at Toronto Fashion Week, this sweetly sexy nail art looks as though it'll take every iota of artistic talent to master. But it doesn't! Rita shows us everything we need to know in the video tutorial below.

essie kiss-print manicure tutorial

Essie lip print manicure tutorial

Essie Kiss-Print Manicure for Hilary MacMillan F/W 2016, backstage at Toronto Fashion Week

I want to do a quick step-by-step recap for you, but it really is more difficult to explain Rita's technique than it is to show you. I can tell you, however, that you want to start with basecoat, then apply two coats of Essie Ladylike nail colour. For the kiss print, you need a nail-art striping brush and a bottle of Essie Angora Cardi.

Enjoy the short video; I'll be back later to attempt the technique explanation in text!

Update: okay, here's the lip-print mani how-to recap.

  1. Start with a coat of Essie Grow Stronger Base Coat
  2. Apply two coats of your base shade, Essie Ladylike
  3. When base colour is dry, dip a striping brush into Essie Angora Cardi, and create a small V somewhere in the upper half of your nail, around the middle. This V is the cupid's bow of your lip print.
  4. With small brush movements, lay down tiny strokes on one side of the V, tapering to a point at the end; repeat on the other side. This creates the upper lip – or a triangle-bikini-top shape, if that's easier to visualize first.
  5. At the outer tips of the upper lip shape, leave a tiny space, and add one extra little stroke (best to see video for guidance). "I like adding little dots on the corners," says Rita. "It sells the messiness of the print."
  6. Still using tiny strokes, create the bottom lip shape. 
  7. Give the polish a few minutes to dry, then add a generous layer of top coat.
Essie Kiss Print Manicure how-to

Essie lip-print manicure for Hilary MacMillan F/W 2016, Toronto Fashion Week

What do you think? You'd do this, wouldn't you?

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