Watercolor Nails featuring Essie Gel Couture™ 

Hey there nail and beauty enthusiasts!
Every so often i come up with an amazing nail art color combo and generally the less complicated the design the cooler the effect!  Case in point… with my latest nail art using new shades from Essie’s Gel Couture™ Gala Collection.

First, let me start by saying that when i first saw Star Studded the only gold lacquer shade in the Gel Couture Gala Collection i was on the fence of whether i would like it.  Gold nail polishes generally don’t look good on me.  But… once i combined it with a few other shades it transformed the look into something amazing that i absolutely love!

Here’s a look at Star Studded on it’s own and without a top coat.  So, if you added the platinum grade finish gel couture top coat you can only imagine how much glossier your nails would appear!  I would recommend this gold for anyone with a deep olive or dark brown complexion.


Now… onto watercolor hybrid look…
Such a simple design anyone can pull it off… plus it will look great on all length nails.   You could even use it as an accent nail or two and paint the rest of your nails in Front Page Worthy for a really dramatic effect.

Here’s what i used:


Probelle Nail Strengthener #2 Base Coat

One coat of Essie Gel Couture Star Studded

Using a dry brush effect (simply remove almost all of the polish from the brush by wiping the brush on the inside of the bottle)
Dry Brush: beau-tie
Dry Brush: Front Page Worthy
Dry Brush: Fashion Faceoff
*Dry Brush… using Star Studded add a bit of gold over the top in random spots.

Top Coat – Essie Platinum Grade Gel Couture

Take a look at the video tutorial below:


Each of the shades used in this look are available now in salons and beauty destinations nationwide!  Each bottle is sold for $11.50.
You can also find them on, amazon and ulta beauty stores.


(photo credits: holly for

about essie gel couture : essie gel couture bridal collection by Monique Lhuillier is a limited edition part of the essie gel couture line, which debuted in 2016. essie gel couture provides up to 14 days of wear in an easy 2-step system. Apply color and top coat to nails for impeccable gel-like shine. No lamp needed, with easy removal. gel couture is a luxurious offering from the essie brand, which also continues to bring fashion-forward seasonal enamel collections and nail products in the iconic essie bottle.
about essie nail polish: the USAʼs nail salon expert since 1981, essie aims to inspire a love for the manicure experience with a wit and style that touches the hearts of women everywhere. essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and fashion icons around the world. as the color authority, essie is center stage on runways around the world, offering highly-anticipated color collections that drive trends season after season. the salon-quality formula and catchy, whimsical names has led to the creation of more than 1,000 shades. essie is a leader in nail luxury, committed to high-quality standards with an award-winning line of polishes and nail care products for every woman and salon professional. Since its introduction by Essie Weingarten, essie has delighted the color-obsessed with a love shared all over the world.

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