Originally from Toronto, Rita Remark now educates nail pros around the world in her role as Essie global lead educator. It was during college, where Remark
was studying new media and graphic design, when she began to realize her true calling as a nail artist. After her early editorial work caught the attention of Essie Canada, Remark was invited to work with the brand backstage at Toronto Fashion Week and, soon after, at New York Fashion Week, where her designs have graced the fingertips of models at shows such as Alexander Wang, DKNY and Wes Gordon. Known for her impeccable traditional and gel manicures, as well as her detailed nail art, Remark shares five things that are inspiring her work right now.
1) Memphis Patterns: “I love graphic nail art, and I always nd myself referring to Memphis patterns to nd new and unique graphic placements and color combinations.”
2) Gucci: “Under the guidance of creative director Alessandro Michele, the Gucci runway shows and ads for the past few seasons have left me in absolute awe.”
3 K-Pop: While I may not listen to the music, I’m obsessed with the stars’ fearless and playful approach to beauty and fashion—both the boy and girl bands!”4 Pink and Red: “Whether in design, art or street style, there is something about these two colors, paired side by side, that’s unapologetically bold and fearlessly feminine. I love using these two shades in nail art.”
5 Typography: “For my clients, I love researching new ways of lettering on nails, and I draw inspiration from fonts I see everywhere, from magazines to billboards.”
[Images: Top courtesy of Rita Remark; middle: Getty Images; bottom courtesy of Essie]