We’re not that surprised that many of the celebs’ manicures at the 2014 Academy Awards were soft, short, and safe. As much as we love the glamour of Hollywood, celebrity nail design can be predictably suited to a conservative fashion sense. But don’t ignore the Mani Cam—there’s much to learn from the Oscars for special occasion nails, and how to recommend nail services for your client’s next big event.
There’s no such thing as too much jewelry.
Kelly Osbourne is not a chameleon, proven by her signature bling, tattoos and overall personality. Does this sound like a client or two you know? To recommend nail designs that compliments a bold, blinged-out style like Ms. Osbourne’s, give her a subtly accent nail design to match her look, such as the slender glittery tip that Kelly wears, which doesn’t take away from her beloved rings and finger tattoos.
Keep a scarlet fever running.
Jennifer Garner’s siren-red mani is as classic as Gone With the Wind. Timeless, elegant and tasteful, reds are a perfect and easy way to amp up sophistication. With the expanded range of colours we now have in polish, soak-off gels, and more, there’s a red shade to match every dress, age, complexion and season. Try taking your client through your portfolio of red hues to customize her manicure.
Mind her complexion.
Lupita Nyongo’s nude nails remind us that it’s not only the colour of a dress to factor into a client consultation, but also complexion of each individual. Similar to how a gorgeous dress on the rack might play out differently when we try it on, nail colours in a bottle, pot, or swatch may look different against your client’s skin tone. Keep the colour wheel in mind, noting cool, warm, and complimentary hues in the nail colours and her skin for the best recommendations.
A good French dies hard.
Giuliana Rancic’s French manicure is the epitome of chic. While her crystal and diamond-studded dress and rings may have played a role (we said there’s no such thing as too much jewelry, right?) don’t forget to consider clients’ nail length when recommending this manicure. The French manicure has a lengthening effect, which is ideal for shorter nails and fingers. And remember to build nail product layers lightly along the nail plate for a sleek look.
Images courtesy of E! Online