Love getting Manicures & Pedicures? Well listen up! Here are some nail care tips and nail color trends for this fall from celebrity manicurist Michelle Saunders. She has travelled the world to work with clients such as Kate Beckinsale, Pamela Anderson, Kim Cattral (for the “Sex in the City” movie), Eva Longoria Parker, and Megan Fox just to name a few. Michelle is not only manicurist to the stars but also one of our own Beautyfix panelists. Here are her tips and tricks to great nail care.
BF: How should members go about finding a good manicurist and nail salon in their area?
MS: What we do at my salon is work on a referral basis. We do not pay for advertisement…it’s all word of mouth. I recommend that Beautyfix members do their research. They should talk to people in their community and get a referral that way. The questions to ask are “Did the manicurist communicate well with you?”, “Did he or she seem to care about your needs?’ and “Did you feel educated by their recommendations?” It is also important to find out find out how long their manicures last. The life of a manicure is a sign of how much experience a manicurist has and the quality of the products used. The higher the quality and the more experience the longer a manicure will last. A manicure & pedicure should last at least 5 days. Once you get a referral call the salon and find out how they sanitize their implements and pedicure bowls. All salons must follow state board regulations and all items that cannot be sanitized must be thrown away. All salons are also required by the state to keep a pedicure log that records the cleaning schedule of each station.
BF: What are the nail color trends for Fall 2009?
MS: Matte nail polish. Matte nail polish has no shine to it. This is very trendy and hip and includes shades from white to gray. All popular polish brands have a matte line coming out this fall. Another trend to follow is jewel tones such as purple, maroon, and deep reds. These colors are in line with what we are currently seeing in the upcoming fashions for fall. I also recommend reading the September issue of Marie Claire. There is a great article in there about fall nail color trends.
BF: What are some of the most common nail concerns you have seen among your clients? How have they treated these conditions?
MS: One of the most common concerns is dryness. This usually occurs from using low quality nail products. To avoid dryness use a high quality rehydrating base coat. Lippmann Nail collection has a great one. Also use cuticle oil every day. My favorite is SpaRitual’s Cuti-Coctail nail & cuticle oil. It smells delicious. You should always use cuticle oil after washing your hands. What I tell people is “You would never shampoo your hair without using conditioner afterwards so the same goes for your nails.” Another common concern I’ve seen is brittle nails that split. Most people suffer from this because they work with their hands. This condition can also be attributed to genetics. You should always wear gloves and take your time when working with your hands. I also recommend getting a shiny buff manicure no more than once a week. Nails are made up of layers of keratin. When you buff your nails, it fuses those layers together making them stronger. In addition, you can combat brittle nails by taking dietary supplements such as Omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. The fish oil makes your nails flexible and calcium, vitamin D and magnesium make your nails stronger.
BF: Any tips or tricks for a DIY pedicure at home?
MS: You should always start your pedicure after a shower or bath. That is when skin is at its softest. This is when you should use a foot file. Immediately hydrate afterward with a very thick dry skin cream such as Handprint Hydrating Hand Salve by SpaRitual. The next step is to remove existing nail polish and then cut toe nails and file. After filing remove any oils from the nail bed with nail polish remover. Then polish with nail color. Color will stay on longer if you use a base and top coat and finish with a drop of cuticle oil. Cuticle oil helps dry nail polish and it provides moisture all day. I personally believe that cuticles should be trimmed by a professional and should not be trimmed at home.
BF: What’s one nail color every woman should own and why?
MS: Sheer pink. It is flattering on almost every skin tone. I like SpaRitual’s Airhead - it’s the perfect pink.
San Francisco native and Los Angeles-based manicurist Michelle Saunders has developed a gentle yet thorough approach to manicuring with over ten years of experience in high-end nail care. Michelle’s personalized approach to
service began with her training as a manicurist for Chanel Boutiques in the San Francisco Bay area. Over the next 10 years, Michelle refined her techniques and ultimately owned a successful, appointment-only nail salon in
San Francisco, California. Her work can be seen in magazines, commercials, movies, and on the red carpet. Michelle’s work has been seen in the magazines Vogue, Interview, Flaunt, W, Maxim and on the red carpet for clients Kate Beckinsale and Eva Longoria Parker, and on the hands of elegant red-nailed Kim Cattral for the “Sex in the City Movie”. Click here to learn more about Michelle.
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