The "Watercolour" Nails at Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2015

Miniature works of art on the fingertips.
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Miniature works of art on the fingertips.
Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2015 nails

I love that nail art is becoming less fussy. First we saw the imperfect "linen-look" nails that Rita Remark cross-hatched at Wes Gordon. 

Now, check out this freehand design that nail artist Michelle Saunders did for Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2015 at New York Fashion Week. Each nail is like a miniature watercolour painting!

Get the Look

1. Apply one coat of Essie Nail Polish in Blanc to make the polish shades appear brighter.

2. Beginning at the nail bed, apply one coat of Essie Nail Polish in Bikini So Teeny to half of the nail.

3. Next, apply one coat of Essie Nail Polish in Turquoise & Caicos to the remaining half of the nail, slightly overlapping with Bikini So Teeny in the middle.

4. Next, dip a striping brush in Essie Nail Polish in Lollipop and create a thin horizontal fault line across each nail. (Do this step to one hand at a time, as the red polish needs to be wet in order to create the watercolour effect.)

5. Directly after creating the fault line, apply a generous amount of Essie Good To Go Top Coat over the entire nail; continue to blend towards the tip of the nail until the desired look is achieved.

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2015 nails

Pro tip: A base coat is not necessary when creating nail art that consists of several layers of polish; it will make the polish too thick and extremely hard to work with.

Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2015 nails

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