What do Serena Williams, Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner have in common? They all have had their nails painted by George Brown College’s School of Makeup and Esthetics graduate Rita Remark — one of Canada’s most fashion-forward nail artists.
In addition to being Essie Canada’s lead nail artist since 2012 and the iconic nail polish brand’s first-ever global lead educator since 2015, Rita is also an on-set manicurist for advertising, fashion, music and film.
She started attending continuing education courses at George Brown in 2008, completing both a nail technician certificate and an advanced esthetics certificate.
“George Brown helped me to channel my creativity into a craft that I never thought would be possible for myself,” says Rita, who still uses some of the tools that came in her student nail kit and employs techniques she learned at the college for executing an immaculate manicure. “It took my abilities and helped me to direct them.”
The college offered Rita the right combination of environment, hands-on experience, teachers and products. She was also able to take advantage of the school’s flexible course schedules, which allowed her to work and go to classes at the same time.
In between designing and painting celebrity nails and educating consumers and industry professionals about the Essie brand, Rita is also a guest teacher at George Brown.
“It’s a full-circle moment,” she says. “And it’s been helpful for me because I’ve hired some of the George Brown students who I have taught. You know talent and passion when you see it. It has enabled me to pay it forward in a way.”
For information on George Brown’s School of Makeup and Esthetics, visit coned.georgebrown.ca/esthetics