American women started painting their nails different colors in the '30s and '40s, when Revlon and other companies came on the scene and popularized nail polish among the masses. Who would have predicted that all these decades later, your digits would be as much of an accessory as bags or jewelry?
Now, nail art and hand-painting are gaining traction thanks to an insatiable consumer appetite for new formulations, treatments, and experts, as well as a cacophony of lust-worthy, inspirational images.
Hand models are those creatures among us with impossibly long fingers, candle-lit perfect skin, and gleaming nails. Does it come naturally? Kinda. They may be genetically blessed, but they also put a hell of a lot of time and energy into looking after their hands and nails. We spoke to the best in the business to quiz them on the methods, products, and expert tricks they use to maintain their moneymakers.
Read on to find out their secrets, and score some tips and product recommendations to get your own hands silky-soft and ready for their close-up.