Five Expert Tips To Nailing a Red Carpet Mani

Nail guru and L’Oreal Paris’ Global Nail Expert Tom Bachik is the man that Beyonce, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Heidi Klum all have on speed dial for when they need perfectly polished, red-carpet worthy nails. With one of the summer’s hottest events, The Cannes Film Festival just around the corner, we asked him his top five tips for getting party-perfect nails.

 

 

 

1. The Quick-Dry Trick

 

 

 

Tom’s golden rule for prepping your nails for a big event is not to rush! This may sound obvious, but Tom explains, “topcoats are quick-dry formulas, so if you apply them before the solvants have evaporated from the polish underneath it will take up to 30 minutes for your mani to become genuinely dent-proof.” Instead wait a few minutes until each layer is completely dry before you apply your next.

 

 


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2. Say Goodbye To Chipping

 

 

 

Tom says that having dry nails can cause your polish to chip. Combat this by applying a cuticle oil, such as Jessica Phenomen Oil, £9.25 everyday. The oil penetrates the polish, preventing it from drying out and becoming prone to chipping. You’ll be amazed by how much longer your polish lasts!

 

 


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3. The Suits-All Pedi Shade

 

 

 

Tom suggests wearing a neutral metallic on your toes, we love Nails Inc Foil Effect Polish in Kings Road, £15. He says that these colours are great because “they don’t detract from the shoe or outfit, but they do add a hint of sparkle. If there’s one colour running through the whole gown, I sometimes add a pop of colour on toes to tie the whole look together”.

 

 


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4. Summer’s Must Have Shades

 

 

 

What screams Hollywood Glamour more than a bright red mani? At last years Cannes Film Festival Tom says that red nails were very popular, “they really flatter sunkissed skin”.  He suggests trying a range of colours, from blue-based tones like L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Nail Polish in Mythic Carpet, £4.99 to fiery oranges such as Models Own Hyper Gel Effect Nail Polish in Watermelon, £4.99 to find what suits you best.

 

 


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5. Picture perfect talons!

 

 

 

Tom reveals that he once used the butterfly motifs that were on a set of Anne Hathaway’s false eyelashes as a last minute press-on nail stencil! This super pretty trick is really easy to do – paint you nails white, then carefully cut the motif off a set of false eyelashes and press it onto your nails, fix with a top-coat and you’re ready to impress! Try using the stars on Shu Uemura’s Mini Stars Lashes, £16 or the net effect on In Your Dreams Your Mesmerising Lashes, £20.

 

 

 

By Emily Morgan