The 13 Raddest Manicures In L.A. — & The Woman Behind Them All

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It's no secret that there's a bum-rush for the west coast happening right now, especially in the form of New Yorkers seeking more creative pastures. (See: Exhibit A and B.) Luckily for us, one of them is Sarah Gibson-Tuttle, the brains behind one of the most-stylish nail salons in Southern California.

"When I first moved to L.A., I had the hardest time finding a place to get my nails done," Gibson-Tuttle told us, who worked in finance before her westward migration. "The nail salons I found were either too indulgent or too rough around the edges." Naturally, she decided to open an utterly stylish nail shop that felt just right. She named it after her grandmothers, opened up smack-dab in the middle of Beverly Hills, and Olive & June was born.

On the menu? Everything luxe you need (an Instagram-worthy interior, 350 different shades of fancy polish, and meticulous results) without sky-high prices. Yep, their signature mani is $20. And, luckily, they've been well received. So much so that Olive & June just opened their second location, in Pasadena. To celebrate, we've asked Gibson-Tuttle to share a handful of the most enviable manicures they've created.

Ahead, she sounds off on the latest trends coming out of L.A., from the chicest nail art to the new neutrals to the must-have nail length.







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"I am all for the classic French manicure gone wild. Do it in any color you want, this candy-colored mani is pure "Girls Just Want to Have Fun.""
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"It might look simple, but there’s a lot going on here. The white and grey combo is a neutral on neutral, but the reverse chevrons on the ring fingers is like a friendly wink: If you get it, you get it."
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"Two things about this mani: First, I love a good nude nail. Second, the Comme des Garçons heart is one of the best ways to get nail art noticed."
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"Aside from the occasional pop of burgundy, neutrals — think nudes and lavender grey — are having a moment in L.A."
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"After a few seasons of intense nail art, negative space is the perfect antidote to the 3-D faux gems and metallic studs. Choose one color and two or three nails to play around with — it creates subtle sophistication without being boring."
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"[This] take on an evil eye is not only perfect for summer with it’s crisp white and negative space, but it gives a nod to the spiritual good vibes that California is all about."
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"If you adore a two-tone mani, but you don't want it to be so in-your-face, go with this neat take on geometrics."
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"My girl Deborah Lippmann knows her greys. I wasn’t surprised that the super cute Lauren Conrad picked this sophisticated color [shown here]. It’s the new neutral."
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"I love the white. I love the commitment to a single accent nail. And, I salute the simplicity of only using two colors. This manicure is total confidence!"
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"Ladylike nails are in in in. Medium length nails that are pointy, almond, or follow the natural nail bed are extremely flattering."
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"If you are going to do nail art on every finger, then it’s good to pick one motif and stick with it. Consistency makes wild, wearable."
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"Everyone gets a manicure right before they go on vacation. [My top nail tip is to] ask your salon to give you a pair of disposable gloves so that you can wear them while you pack. Packing is a huge amount of the wear and tear on your nails."
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"So good! People might not notice [the subtle triangles] at first, but the ones who pay attention to the details are going to do a double take!"
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