Still trying to get your nails to grow long enough to finally get that coveted, on-trend almond shape? Join the club – I’ve been trying to get my usual slightly rounded, square-ish nails to do the same. The trick for me is to get them long enough in the first place. Until I finally get to my desired length, Melissa Forrest, nail pro for Sally Hansen, gave me some pointers on how to get my nails to grow faster and, at the very least, fake that they look longer. Here are her three secrets.
Model Diana Moldovan working her hands at Cushnie et Ochs. Images courtesy Imaxtree.
How good are your #nailfies? Your #nelfies? I’m not sure if I just did something bad. A #nailfie? Nelfie? It’s like a #belfie or more commonly, a #selfie, but for your nails. I’m sorry? Language abuse aside, taking snapshots of our manicures is crazy popular right now, but there’s room for improvement in the art direction and making your mani look its best.
I talked to Jin Soon Choi several times throughout my tenure at NYFW Fall 2014 about all things nail related. This woman is a highly reputable nail artist in the world of fashion (The New York Times labelled her “The Nail Guru”, yet remains so humble and warm (i.e. hugs you at every show, compliments you on your nails, asks how you’re doing and sounds like she truly means it, ect) so bumping into her is always a pleasure. This season she worked on several shows including Vera Wang, Prabal Gurung, Michael Kors, Marchesa, Karen Walker and Rag & Bone. Here, Jin’s simple and smart tricks for your best #nailfies/#nelfies yet.
1. Oil it up. “Use a tiny drop of cuticle oil before you take a nail photo. You can also apply a topcoat before that if you want extra shine.”
2. Flat line. “Unless you are holding them against your face (like Diana did, above—but really, we don’t recomm, you should always put your fingers down flat and make your fingers very straight. When you bend the fingers, the nail can look funny. If you want to bend your hands, try holding a nail polish bottle. I take lots of photos that way.”
3. Know your angles. “Angle is also very important too. Try different angles before you post it. You can face it on an angle too. Make sure you have a good angle
4. Two hands or one? “It depends on your prop. If your prop is really crazy, one hand looks elegant. Sometimes when I shoot both hands I don’t show all the fingers—you don’t have to.”
5. Flip it and reverse it: “When you have a really crazy design, make your background simple, so your nail art can pop. If your nail look is less crazy, you can try a graphic background. The colour shouldn’t match your nails because it will blend too much—always contrast. No matchy matchy!”
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Do you like our February cover? What can we say, we’re pretty much in love…especially with those metallic nails. We caught up with Michelle Saunders, NYFW Essie Lead Artist & Celebrity Manicurist, who created the look for our cover star Kate Mara.
“After working closely with our stylist and offering several nail colour choices on a colour wheel, we decided that an icy metallic would be the best choice for Kate. The colour I used is called ‘Good As Gold’ and it’s in the ‘Mirrored Metallics’ collection from Essie. Sometimes a dense metallic acts as an elegant neutral against textured garments. I always start with First Base base coat and finish with Good to Go top coat by Essie.”
Would you wear a gold manicure like Kate?