What a delight it was to meet this bubbly, upbeat, professional woman! At 26 years old, and working for Essie Canada…I have to hand it to her…she did it right! Rita lives in Toronto, Canada and travels abroad with Essie for all sorts of events, promotions, media appearances, the list goes on. All you need to do is type in her name to google and you will see for yourself that she has made quite a name for herself. And of course, doing all this with perfectly manicured nails! Not an easy task as we are all too familiar with 😉 I had the pleasure to sit down with Rita and ask her a few questions, including her best nail tips! Also, essie graciously gave me 6 of their hottest new shades called the neon collection 2014, so of course I am Giving it away to one of my lucky, loyal readers! You can find all the details below.
How did you get started in the industry and why?
Right out of high school I went to University to become a media artist. I’ve always been an artistic person at heart. I love color, creation and making things my own so I thought I would translate that by doing it in computers. But…I left after a year. I then went into makeup art because at the end of the day my thesis in new media was Beauty in New Media, so I’ve always been really focused on that realm. But the passion just wasn’t there so I took an aesthetics program and the moment I entered the manicure portion of the schooling, I fell in love. It was everything I ever wanted in a perfectly polished package!
Do you go for Manicures and Pedicures?
I’m a perfectionist so I love to do my own nails. It’s something I do for my self at the end of the day. It’s a treat I give myself, that’s like my chocolate cake!
How did you get started in the industry and why?
Right out of high school I went to University to become a media artist. I’ve always been an artistic person at heart. I love color, creation and making things my own so I thought I would translate that by doing it in computers. But…I left after a year. I then went into makeup art because at the end of the day my thesis in new media was Beauty in New Media, so I’ve always been really focused on that realm. But the passion just wasn’t there so I took an aesthetics program and the moment I entered the manicure portion of the schooling, I fell in love. It was everything I ever wanted in a perfectly Do you go for Manicures and Pedicures?
What is your ultimate Nail tip?
It doesn’t matter how beautifully you polish your nails, or how long your polish wears. If your nails aren’t in a good state and your hands and cuticle aren’t healthy then none of it will look beautiful. Use Cuticle oil daily. It’s like any area of your skin, it needs moisture. It needs that for elasticity’s it won’t snap so you won’t get hang nails and when your cuticles are moisturized as the birth place of your nail, your going to produce a healthier nail.
What are the rules around nail shape?
There’s always a trend shape, but it’s very much like wearing clothing. If you’re short with an athletic body then a sheath dress isn’t going to look good on you so keep in mind your own natural shape. As a rule of thumb, a sharp square is not what we are after. It’s all about soft curves, very feminine. If you have long nails, shaping like an almond has a high heel like effect on your nails as it elongates and adds an extra edge of feminity.
What is your favorite Essie color right now and why?
I love how you said “right now” as it changes from day to day! Right now I really love Chills and Thrills. It’s a part of our Neon collection. It’s like a cobalt blue with a hint of creamy ultra violet. I love it because it’s like a pair of blue jeans…it goes with everything, and like blue jeans, it makes a statement.
What’s trending right now in the land of nails?
Negative Space. It’s made nails more interesting. It’s about being a little bit crafty and it’s not about what more can we put on the nail, it’s about what can we take away that makes a bigger impact.
Are there any rule in regards to color matching on fingers and toes?
None what-so-ever! But as soon as I say that I will see a woman walking down the street with red toes and finger nails and I will think to myself, wow, she is so classy. [Laugh] At the end of the day, do what makes you happy, the sky is the limit as far as I’m concerned.
What is your best tip for maintaining a chip free manicure?
It’s the how you begin and how you end. Start by giving your hands a good washing with soap to rid your nails of any access oils and dry them off really well. Or, give them a quick swipe with nail polish remover. That just keeps any oil from interfering with the adhesion of the polish. Lastly, it’s the final step. The Top Coat. If you want to extend the life of your manicure, after a couple days, simply add another layer of top coat. It reinforces the color and the strength of the nail polish on the tip of your nail. Using a top coat that is a little bit thinner in viscosity, we have one that is called No Chips ahead in the Essie Range, it’s a very thin shade so it’s not going to add a lot of bulk to the manicure and it’s also a nail polish extender. It can be used as your top coat or on top of any other top coat to add life to your manicure and it has a very pretty shine, glass like finish.
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