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the #nailtech edit by Michelle Humphrey

Discover the best kept nail art secrets from the mastermind behind the hands of the entertainment industries biggest stars. The #nailtech edit by Michelle Humphrey includes some of essie's fan-fave shades plus a few seasonal gems.

Michelle says "Fall in love with my AW/21 wardrobe. This edit of contrasting metallic and creme colours are perfect for every occasion.“

The six shades include Go Overboard, Vanity Fairest, A-list, Penny Talk, Chinchilly and Aruba Blue. Never miss a moment of Michelle, follow @nailsbymh and @essie to keep up with all the insider tips.

the #nailtech edit by Michelle Humphrey the #nailtech edit by Michelle Humphrey the #nailtech edit by Michelle Humphrey the #nailtech edit by Michelle Humphrey

nail art look 1

  1. Prep your manicure by filling and buffing your nails before applying your favourite essie base coat. Michelle loves Strong Start to help reinforce weak nails
  2. Use a liner brush to apply a thin curved line of Aruba Blue across the centre of the nail
  3. Line along the blue strip with A-list , then Penny Talk and finally Go Overboard
  4. Repeat until the nail is covered
  5. Apply your favourite top coat, like essie Gel Setter for a high gloss finish. Once dry finish with Apricot Cuticle Oil

Michelle’s top tip: Applying nail art straight over your base coat makes clean ups quicker if you make a mistake! No need to start from scratch with the base colour

nail art look 2

  1. Start by filling and buffing your nails before applying Strong Start Base Coat
  2. Cover the nail with one coat of Vanity Fairest
  3. Paint a diagonal stripe down the nail with Penny Talk then fill in the tip half
  4. Use a liner or small detailer brush to create a small red star in the centre of the nail
  5. Finish the look with your go-to top coat. Michelle’s favourite is essie Gel Setter followed by Apricot Cuticle Oil

Michelle’s top tip: Use a flat brush or que tip with nail polish remover to sharpen the edges around the cuticle of your nail art look

nail art look 3

  1. You know the drill – file, buff and apply Strong Start Base Coat
  2. Apply one coat of Vanity Fairest
  3. Use the thin edge of the brush to create a curved line down the nail with Chinchilly, then fill in one side
  4. Follow the same steps with Go Overboard, Penny Talk and Aruba Blue. Mix it up with different wavy shapes and lines, every nail should look unique!
  5. Lock in your nail art look with Gel Setter top coat and Apricot Cuticle Oil

Michelle’s top tip: Cuticle oil isn’t just for manicures! Apply essie Apricot Cuticle Oil every day to condition and hydrate your nails


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