Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Scalloped Nail Art Tutorial featuring Essie 2014 Neon Collection

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Scalloped Nail Art Tutorial featuring Essie 2014 Neon Collection
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a lovely nail art tutorial event held by Essie Canada. The event was held at a fancy japanese restaurant located in Vancouver Yaletown and Essie Canada's Lead Nail Artist Rita Remark was there to talk to us about the hottest nail art trends and the inspirations behind Essie's new collections.
Today I want to share with y'all the "scalloped nail" design Rita taught us to freehand, using a few of Essie's 2014 Neon Collection colors. To read more, click......
Scalloped Nail Art Tutorial featuring Essie 2014 Neon Collection
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For the Scalloped Nail design Rita demonstrated, you will need three colors. I used three shades from Essie's 2014 Neon Collection; they are "Serial Shopper" (pastel neon coral), "Vices Versa" (bright lime green), and "Chills & Thrills" (supercharged blue violet).
Scalloped Nail Art Tutorial featuring Essie 2014 Neon Collection
Essie 2014 Neon Collection in "Chills & Thrills" (top), "Vices Versa" (bottom), and "Serial Shopper" (right)
Scalloped Nails Tutorial:
1. After prepping your nails with a base coat, start with two coats of the base color. The polish doesn't need to be completely opaque, especially at the tip since it will be covered by the scalloped design.
❋ Rita's Tip: Use the lightest of the three colors as the base, this will help the top colors show up better.

2. After the base color is partly dry, apply strokes of the second color in ascending orders. Make sure to go far down enough near the cuticle so the third color will have enough room.
❋ Rita's Tip: To make the perfect scallops, swirl the brush on the rim of the polish bottle before applying. There should only be a tiny droplet of polish at the tip of the brush. Rest the brush tip where you want the scallop to begin. Pause and let the polish pool a bit before dragging the brush towards the tip.

3. Repeat step two if the polish is sheer. For the scallop design, I personally recommend working with more opaque, non-neon shades.

4. Repeat step two again, this time with the third color. Make sure to start this layer further up on the tip so the initial scalloped design will still show.

5. Finish with a top coat. Because this design uses several layer of polishes, it will take longer than normal to completely dry. Use a quick drying drop if necessary (try Essie Quick-E Fast Dry Drying Drops).
Scalloped Nail Art Tutorial featuring Essie 2014 Neon Collection
For me, the hardest part about this mani is making perfectly-spaced and rounded scalloped edges, which I have yet to master. But with some practice, it will happen! 
Have you tried the Scalloped Nail design? Will you give it a try? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below, thanks for reading!
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