Gels: Are you a fan?
"I’m a gel fanatic, mostly because I work with my hands so much, so it gives me an opportunity to keep my color and my design on for much longer without me having to think about it. I’m a polish freak, too, but on myself, I really like gel."
We're dying to know — are gels good or bad for you?
"As with anything, you have to have the proper maintenance. Since gel is so long-wearing, it can actually dry out the cuticles. So, you do need to do maintenance at home. You have to put cuticle oil on your nails every night before you go to bed — it’s a must. If your tech’s not telling you that, they should be."
Are there any removal dangers?
"You need to have proper removal. I think this is where we get into a lot of issues; people think it ruins their nails, but mostly it’s about how you take it off. It’s important to take off the shine on the nail, whether you’re using a buff or you’re using remover. You want to soak the nail with a small piece of cotton that’s been soaked in acetone. You want to wrap it in foil and you want to let it sit. What happens is that the acetone will get into the sides of the nail and it will release off of the nail. So, if that reaction isn’t happening properly, it’s going to leave white spots on your nails. Also, you never want to have any pulling or tugging.
What are some color trends for fall and spring?
"For fall, we saw some really interesting deep jewel tones and reds. We saw nudes, obviously, and some really interesting gradient colors — we did some gray gradients, almost like cloudy skies.
Can you explain a little bit about the technologies?
"Sure. Some of the things that you can actually do is manipulate how the finish of your polish ends up by playing with the top coat or by mixing top coat into your polish. One of the things I like to do is mix a matte top coat into my polish to create almost like a suede texture, a semi-matte. I think a lot of times people get really freaked out about mixing polishes. As a makeup artist, I don’t give a second thought to mixing, so it’s automatic for me. Or, as a painter, you just mix the color to get what you want. It’s really the same thing for nail polish.
Now, about nail art: Where is the trend going?
"With any trend, there are always extremes. Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest have really exploded nail art into a place where everyone’s a nail artist, you know? I think the trend will ebb and flow like everything does. But, for the true die-hards, it does give you ten, tiny canvases to display some of your personality and also have a creative outlet. I think it will always be present — especially since it's become so mainstream — but the degrees of how intense it’s going to be will vary over the next few seasons. Sadly, I don't think it will stay forever, but nail polish always will. Nails have been around as long as lipstick."